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Coffee County’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team returned home with a first place finish in a competition held recently at Auburn University.

According to Coffee County Extension Coordinator David Garrett, the team competed in the AU Block & Bridle Judging Contest, an annual event organized by the agricultural club on campus. Participation on the livestock judging team is an opportunity for students to enhance their decision making and communications skills and broaden their knowledge of animal production. Judging team members learn to apply scientific principles of animal growth and composition, evaluation, and selection of various species and to evaluate beef cattle, swine and sheep.

“Coffee County has a rich tradition in judging contests,” says Garrett. “This county has competed nationally for a long time. I plan to keep the tradition alive as the coordinator. We have been practicing once a week since February.”

“The team is young, very intelligent and focused on the goals set before them,” he adds. “They all strive to be perfect and almost did perfect as the Coffee County Livestock Judging Team won first place in Beef, Swine, Total Reasons, and got second in Sheep.”

The team was coached by Garrett and assisted by volunteer Larry Reeves. They won the contest by 51 points and received first place in the overall competition.

Selina Malone (9th grade) was second high individual in swine and sheep, and received second high individual overall for the entire contest.

Annabelle Stokes (11th grade) was third high individual in swine, fourth in beef, and second in total reasons, and finished fourth high individual overall for the entire contest.

Amanda Reeves (9th grade) finished fifth high in beef.Coffee County

Paxton Peacock (9th grade) was third high in sheep and total reasons, and placed third high individual overall for the entire contest.

Picture: (Front row: Annabelle Stokes, Selina Malone, Paxton Peacock, Amanda Reeves; Back Row: Sarah Dickinson, SR ANSC, event organizer and 2013-14 B&B President, David Garrett, Coffee County Coordinator, Livestock Judging coach.)