JWCC announces winners of 18th annual livestock judging contest

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BAYLIS, Ill. — John Wood Community College held its 18th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational on Sept. 17 at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center. The event was sponsored by ADM Animal Nutrition and Moorman’s ShowTec and hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club.

Two-hundred and sixty students from 20 Illinois and Missouri high schools, FFA and 4-H clubs participated. Participating schools were Brown County, Carrollton, Farmington, Franklin, Griggsville-Perry, Illini West, Liberty, Payson Seymour, Pittsfield, Pleasant Plains, Pleasant Hill, Quincy High School, Quincy Junior High School, Taylorville/Christian County 4-H Club, Triopia, Troy FFA, Unity-Mendon, Warsaw, West Prairie and Winchester.

Livestock judging competitions help students learn to make decisions, strengthen and improve power of observation and apply scientific principles of animal growth and development. Evaluations included various species of cattle, pigs and sheep. 

Winners in the Varsity Division:

Overall Teams
1st Troy Varsity A — Tyler Bruns, Aiden Hoyt, Bailey Shields, Jordan Shields 
2nd Christian County 4-H A — Lizzie Schafer, Cole Paulek, Emma Pistorious, Drew Mickey
3rd West Prairie Varsity A — Brayden DeCounter, Owen Torrance, Graycyn Welsh, Grant Rauch

Individual Overall Winners
1st Laila Beck, Triopia
2nd Jordan Shields, Troy
3rd Laura Stevens, Farmington

Beef Team
1st Christian County 4-H Varsity A – Lizzie Schafer, Cole Paulek, Emma Pistorious, Drew Mickey
2nd Troy Varsity A – Tyler Bruns, Aiden Hoyt, Bailey Shields, Jordan Shields
3rd Unity Varsity A – Ryle Duke, Andrea Schaffnit, Beau Shaffer, Bryson Muegge

Swine Team
1st Brown County Varsity A – Kennedy Gallaher, Marcus Perry, Marshall Gallaher, Max Perry
2nd Franklin Varsity B – Thad Bergschneider, Aubrie Schumacher, Trevor Colwell, Alaina Ford
3rd Liberty Varsity A – Travis Duke, Cody Ligget, Jacob Davis, Jordan Tjaden

Goat/Sheep Team
1st West Prairie Varsity A – Brayden DeCounter, Owen Torrance, Graycyn Welsh, Grant Rauch
2nd Troy Varsity A – Tyler Bruns, Aiden Hoyt, Bailey Shields, Jordan Shields
3rd Troy Varsity B – Amanda Orth, Kyle Bruns, Parker Zerrer, Cole Zerrer

Beef Individual
1st Beau Shaffer, Unity
2nd Jordan Shields, Troy
3rd Cole Paulek, Christian County 4-H

Swine Individual
1st Kennedy Gallaher, Brown County
2nd Aubrie Schumacher, Franklin
3rd Parker Zerrer, Troy

Goat/Sheep Individual
1st Laila Beck, Triopia
2nd Braydon DeCounter, West Prairie
3rd Owen Torrance, West Prairie

Livestock Providers
Shaffer Triple S Cattle Co. and 10H Farms for bringing steers.
Twin T Cattle Company and Boer Goats for providing cattle and goats.
DeHann Livestock and Tori Woods with Woods Wools for providing ewes.
Rob and Grayson Tedrow for providing gilts and DeOrnellas Premium Pork provided market hogs.

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