The 2013 Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team traveled to Omaha, Neb., where they took first high team overall against 28 other teams in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest on September 28.

The team also took first in sheep and goats, second in reasons, third in swine, and fifth in beef.

The eight-member team from Virginia included

  • Cody Boden of Frederick County;
  • John Clouse of Montgomery County;
  • Carrie Cromer of Augusta County;
  • Lindsey Fenster of Rockbridge County;
  • Sarah Harris of Rockbridge County;
  • Blake Hopkins of Orange County;
  • Makayln Nesselrodt of Rockingham County; and
  • Jack Redifer of Montgomery County.

These high school students earned their spot on the Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team by placing in the top 10 in the senior division at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, held annually at Virginia Tech.

In the individual competitions, Cody Boden placed first individual overall in the national competition, first-place high individual in sheep and goats, fifth high individual in reasons, and ninth high individual in swine. Clouse placed second high individual in swine and sixth individual overall, and Redifer placed eighth high individual in sheep and goats.

The Virginia Livestock Judging Team will also compete at the Premier Stockman Livestock Judging Contest and the Boilermaker Contest in Indiana; the Southeastern Regionals in Raleigh, N.C.; and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Virginia youth livestock programs are supported by the Youth Livestock Endowment through the Virginia 4-H Foundation. For more information on youth livestock programs or how you can support these programs, please contact Paige Pratt, youth livestock Extension specialist at 540-231-4732.