Polk 4-H takes awards at 4-H Livestock Expo 2014
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LOcAL 4-H MEMBERS competed at the regional and state beef and sheep livestock expositions and took home top honors.
LOcAL 4-H MEMBERS competed at the regional and state beef and sheep livestock expositions and took home top honors.
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Recently, local 4-H members competed at the regional and state beef and sheep livestock expositions and took home top honors.

At these events, 4-H members exhibited their livestock based on age or weight and in a showmanship class. They also participated in a skillathon which is a series of tests designed to examine a 4-H member’s knowledge of all things relating to beef or sheep.

At the Regional Expo, 4-H members participated in the Beef Skillathon: Whitney Morrow placed 1st; Brock Trew placed 5th; and Keri Beth Cox, 7th. In the Sheep Skillathon the following participated and scored within the top 15: Wesley Trew, Landon Fox, Daniel Cox, Jolee Neely, Keri Beth Cox, Adam Fox, Ben Peak and Hannah Trew.

In the Regional Commercial Heifer Show, Keri Beth Cox placed 3rd and 2nd; Brock Trew placed 3rd; and Whitney Morrow placed 2nd in their respected classes. In Senior Heifer Showmanship, Whitney Morrow placed 3rd. In Junior High Showmanship, Keri Beth Cox placed 9th. In Explorer Showmanship, Brock Trew placed 5th. In the Regional Register Heifer Show, Keri Beth Cox placed 4th and 6th in her respected classes. In the Regional Market Steer Show, Whitney Morrow placed 2nd in her class and first in showmanship.

In the Regional Registered Ewe Show, Polk County had the 1st county group; Jolee Neely, 1st; Brock Trew, 1st and 2nd; Wesley Trew, 1st, 1st, and 2nd; Adam Fox, 4th and 6th; Dawson Peak, 5th and 5th; Landon Fox 3rd and 6th; Ben Peak 4th and 4th; Keri Beth Cox 1st; and Hannah Trew, 1st in their respected classes. Keri Beth Cox won reserved champion in the Southdown Breed Registered Ewe Show with Brock Trew receiving champion. Wesley Trew won Reserve Champion, Registered Ewe in the Suffolk Breed. In Registered Ewe Showmanship, participants were Hanna Trew, Keri Beth Cox, Landon Fox, Adam Fox, Ben Peak and Jolee Neely. Brock and Trew both placed first in showmanship within their age groups.

In the Regional Market Lamb Show, the following participated: Daniel Cox, 3rd; Keri Beth Cox, 2nd; and Jolee Neely, 1st. The Champion Southdown Market Lamb was awarded to Jolee Neely and the Reserve Champion was awarded to Keri Beth Cox. In Market Lamb Showmanship, Keri Beth Cox, Daniel Cox and Jolee Neely all placed within the top 15.

At the State Expo, Whitney Morrow placed 3rd in the Beef Skillathon, and Brock Trew placed 4th in the Sheep Skillathon.

In the State Commercial Heifer Show, Keri Beth Cox placed 7th and Whitney Morrow placed 1st in their respected classes. In the Premier Exhibitor Jr. High Award, Keri Beth received 4th place. In the Senior Level II Premier Exhibitor Award, Whitney Morrow placed 2nd. In the State Registered Heifer Show, Keri Beth Cox placed 6th. In the State Market Steer Show, Whitney Morrow placed 6th in her class and 5th in Premier Exhibitor.

In the State Registered Ewe Show, the following placed in their respected classes: Brock Trew, 2nd and 3rd; Wesley Trew, 1st and 5th; Keri Beth Cox, 1st; Jolee Neely, 2nd; Hannah Trew, 2nd and 5th; Adam Fox, 8th and 8th; Dawson Peak, 9th and 9th; Landon Fox, 6th and 7th; and Ben Peak, 6th and 7th. In Registered Ewe Showmanship, the following placed in the top 10: Landon Fox, Jolee Neely, Ben Peak, Keri Beth Cox, Adam Fox and Hanna Trew.

The Premier Exhibitor Award is given to a 4-H member who has the highest score taken from Animal Showmanship, Skillathon and Class Placing. Brock Trew received 1st in the Explorer Showmanship and received the Premier Exhibitor Award and Wesley Trew received 4th in Junior High Showmanship, and received the 3rd Place Premier Exhibitor Award. Keri Beth Cox received 4th Place, Junior High Premier Exhibitor Award in the Registered Ewe Show.

In the State Market Lamb Show, the following placed in their respected classes: Daniel Cox, 10th; Keri Beth Cox, 7th; and Jolee Neely, 8th.

In the 4-H Livestock projects, 4-H members learn valuable life skills through caring and showing an animal. 4-H livestock projects are just one of the many project-related activities offered to 4-H members in Polk County.