Twelve 4-H members recently competed at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in the Central Region Poultry Judging Contest. Teams competed on Sept. 26 with other counties in the region. During the contest, youth were asked to judge live birds for best laying hen, and carcasses, grading them with the appropriate grade level based on broken bones, ligaments, and tears in the skin. They also identified meat cuts, graded broken out eggs, graded exterior quality of the eggs (shells), and candle eggs.
Junior judging participants were William Prater and Caleb McCormick. Junior High participants included Matthew Carter, Jacob Carter and Gregory Norton. Senior High Team A participants included Katelynn Cammack, Nate Baker, Lucas Patterson and Elizabeth McCormick. Senior High Team B participants included Karrington Tanner, Holden Carter and Dolton Stotts.
Senior High Team A placed 6th overall with a combined score of 1,666 points; with Senior High Team B placing 8th overall with a combined score of 1,569 points. The Junior High team members placed 10th in their category with a combined score of 1,240 points.
Warren County agent Loren Stinson said this of the competition, “Warren County hasn’t competed at this contest in a couple of years and we did a great job being our first year back. I’m very proud of all of the students.” She also went on to add the contest will be offered again next year and welcomes any students in grades 4-12 to participate.
UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Youth that are involved in the Chick-Chain program would benefit greatly when buying, selling hens, and harvesting their eggs.