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Local 4-Hers headed to state cattle contest

4-H group cattle working-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County 4-H Livestock Club has two of the three New River Valley teams chosen to participate in Virginia’s Youth Cattle Working Championships this weekend in Northern Virginia.

Pulaski County had three teams participate in the New River Valley Regional Youth Cattle Working Contest held last Saturday (April 13) at G&G Livestock Barn in Fort Chiswell. It was two of those teams that qualified to advance to the state competition to be held at the Beef Expo in Harrisonburg April 20.

The New River Valley contest consisted of teams of three members working three head of cattle. The team members were timed as they processed their cattle through a chute, mixing and giving vaccinations according to a processing plan. They also created the plan, which listed all products used and their proper dosages, the route of administration of vaccines and other pertinent information. Timing stopped when all three head of cattle were processed.

Judges watched for proper dosing and management of the cattle, with “low stress cattle management” and safety being keys to a high score, the highest of which is 100 points.

Pulaski County 4-H Livestock Club’s three competing teams consisted of: Tori Kegley, Emma Reeves and Evan Collins on Team A; Katlyn Smith, Blake Smith and Micah Taylor on Team B, and Courtney Jones, Jennifer Jones, and Heath Sutphin on Team C. A total of 17 teams competed.

Teams B and C will compete at state. Team C placed first in the NRV competition, while Team B came in third.

The teams expressed gratitude to John and Sally Beahm, Erik Ellison and Martin Kegley for allowing team members to use their facilities and cattle to practice for the competitions. They also thanked Davis Goforth and G&G Livestock for providing facilities for the contest.