By Dave Workman
WVU Extension Service
Four hundred thirty six youth from all around West Virginia gathered on a cold, snowy Friday, April 7 at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center for the 2017 Beef Stockman’s Contest held as a part of the West Virginia Beef Expo.
The eight four-person teams and two individuals from Hardy County practiced for many weeks in preparation for the competition that included evaluation of two classes of Hereford heifers, two classes of Simmental and Sim Cross heifers, Feeder Cattle Grading, Retail Meats Identification, Plant and Feeds Identification, Equipment Identification, questions on the live classes, and a quiz to test general knowledge about beef cattle and related information.
“The advisors and agents, (Mr. Cody Dent, MHS, Mr. Roy Harper, MMS, Mr. Rodney Hardman, EHHS, Mrs. Rebecca Holler, EHEMS and Mrs. Elizabeth Metheny, Hardy County 4-H Agent) are all very proud of the accomplishments of these students and 4-H members who represented Hardy County in this contest, it’s not an easy contest and it is very competitive.” Workman said.
In the Senior Division:
* The MHS FFA B-team of Hayden See, Derika Crites, Tayla Ours and Cordel Dolby placed 21st.
[private] * The MHS FFA A-team of Rebecca Orndorff, Kaitlin Orndorff, Trevor Ours and Austin Duncan placed 25th.
* The EHEMS FFA B-team of Justin Teets, Allyson Kraus, Dayton Miller and Erin Riggle placed 32nd.
The EHHS FFA A team of Blake Miller, Emily Yates, Rebecca Whetzel and Dalton Pierce, 45th.
The EHEMS FFA A team of Heather Crawford, Ivy Mongold, Joshua Hahn and Perry Whetzel placed 56th.
Hayden See was the 16th high individual in the Senior Contest (out of 311 Seniors.)
In the Junior Division, out of 24 teams.
* The Hardy County 4-H B team of JW Teets, Jordan Teets, Kooper Riggleman and McKinley Keplinger placed 11th.
* The EHEMS FFA team of Sierra Miller, Thomas Reynolds, Alex Miller and Peyton Whetzel placed 12th.
* The Hardy County 4-H A team of McKenna Crites, Emma Cremann, Korbin Keplinger and Marcus Cremann placed 21st
Competing with an incomplete team were Matthew Delawder and Amber Williams. Matthew Delawder was the 4th high individual and JW Teets was the 12th high individual in the Junior Division of 125 contestants.
The team from Braxton County 4-H A won the Senior event. The Junior Division was won by the team from Monroe County.
Congratulations to all those who took part and represented Hardy County so well in this contest.
Thanks to Mr. Daniel Leatherman for driving the bus, and to Mr. Joe Delawder and Mr. Stephan Cremann for helping to chaperone the group. For more information on the WV Beef Expo contact your local WVU Extension Service Office. [/private]