The 2013 4-H Poultry Judging Team traveled to Lebanon on Sept. 26 to compete in the Middle Tennessee Regional 4-H Poultry Judging Contest.
The Middle Tennessee Region is the only region that still hosts a Poultry Judging Contest, and they are very pleased with the number of participants for 2013, as it had almost doubled from last year.
This is Lincoln County’s fourth year to participate in the regional competition, and the local team was pleased with the achievements reached this year.
Most of the youth on the Poultry Judging team participate in Lincoln County’s “Chick Chain” where Dan Owen with UT Extension orders chickens for families with youth grades fourth through 12th to raise.
They raise Red Star Sex Link and Black Star Sex Link hens in the spring, then sell them at the Lincoln County Fair in September.
The Chick Chain opportunity sparked an interest in poultry judging for the youth, and they began the 4-H Poultry Judging Team in the fall of 2010.
Allison Ogle, alumnus of a 4-H Poultry Judging Team and active volunteer leader for the 4-H program, is their coach.
Lincoln County had two Junior Teams this year, which consisted of teammates Zach Snoddy, Evan Pollard, Nicholas Brady and Alex Moore on Team One. Team two consisted of Reid Hardin, Levi Ogle, Addison Limbaugh and Jesse Whitehead. The Junior High Team included Ethan Milhahn, Isaac Dance and Jonah Whitehead. The Senior Team participants were Jesse Franklin, Ty Wolaver, Ty Quick, Katilyn Lewter and John Robert Snoddy.
“We were very proud of all our teams this year and excited that our Junior Team Two and our Senior Team came in second place,” said Ogle.
High individuals included Junior Team, Reid Hardin, Zach Snoddy and Evan Pollard; Senior Team, Jesse Franklin, Ty Quick, Ty Wolaver and Kaitlyn Lewter.
The Senior Team went to the state competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Oct. 12. The winning team will represent Tennessee in the National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky.