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4-H team places 7th in national contest
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The 4-H judging team composed of Clay Prater, Lyndi Dodd, Jacob Dodd and Heather Colwell competed in the meats judging contest at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., Jan. 9-12 vying for national honors.
The contest was held at  the JBS USA headquarters, the leading producer and exporter of beef and lamb. The team was awarded the trip and competition rights after placing second at the state championship in June. While at the national contest, team members identified 30 cuts of beef, pork and lamb. The team also ranked six retail and wholesale meat classes consisting of beef and pork carcasses, beef rounds, beef rib steaks, pork center loin chops and pork fresh hams. Team members also had to defend their placings by giving three sets of oral reasons. The Warren County team received seventh-place honors overall at the national contest with a total team score of 1,725. The team also was awarded seventh-place overall in retail cut identification. The team was coached by 4-H agent Terra Kimes.
While at the Western National Roundup Conference, members enjoyed a pin swap with other members from around the country, a magician show, a dance and educational workshops. The team also visited the National Western Denver Stock Show, PBR bull riding finales, NFL Broncos Stadium, beautiful downtown Denver, toured Hammond’s Candy and Chocolate Factory, and skied/ snowboarded the Rocky Mountains.