Agriculture & Livestock: Celebrating the 2011 4-H Year: Part 2

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Diane Prather

This is the second part of the awards and recognitions from Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night, held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on the evening of Nov. 4.

During the year, three 4-H members in the horse project passed advancement levels. Those members are: Mattie Jo Duzik, Level 2 Western; Ripley Bellio, Level 2 Western; and Taylor Duzik, Level 4 Western.

Awards were presented to 4-H members enrolled in livestock, horse, dog, rabbit and poultry projects. The following members received awards:

• Outstanding Dog Exhibitor Award (composition of points from obedience score, showmanship score and record book score): Emma Balstad.

• Outstanding Poultry Exhibitor (composition of points from showmanship, record book score and leader score): Eli Dixon.

• Outstanding Rabbit Exhibitor (composition of points from meeting attendance, extra 4-H activities, demonstrations, participation in shows and the fair, record book score, showmanship, fundraising and club officer): Emma Balstad.

• Outstanding Horseman Award (composition of points from class placement, levels testing, attending the livestock expo and record book score): Mattie Jo Duzik.

• Breeding Goat Award (based upon class placing, showmanship placing and record book score): Andrea Maneotis.

• Breeding Beef Award (based upon class placing, showmanship placing and record book score): Mackenzie Camblin.

• Breeding Sheep Award (based upon class placing, showmanship placing and record book score): Emily Wellman.

• Homegrown Market Beef Award (presented by the Prather family to recognize a member who has raised and shown a market steer from the member’s own herd; based on class placing, carcass contest and rate of gain scores): Jenna Timmer.

• Outstanding Angus Exhibitor (presented by the Gerber family to recognize the top angus exhibitor; based on points from showmanship, breeding beef class placing, market beef class placing and record book score): Mackenzie Camblin.

• Supreme Market Beef Award (based upon class placing, rate of gain and carcass contest): Cutter Barnes.

• Supreme Market Goat Award (based upon class placing, rate of gain and carcass contest): Whitney Wilde.

• Supreme Market Swine Award (based upon class placing, rate of gain and carcass contest): Tyler Hildebrandt and Torin Reed.

• Supreme Market Lamb Award (based upon class placing, rate of gain and carcass contest): Makayla Martinez.

• Producer’s Choice Award (sponsored by several Northwest Colorado sheep producers to recognize youth who are trying to replicate the sheep industry to the best of their ability; three awards given, the first one during the fair)

— Award 2 (based on rate of gain, test score, oral presentation score and record book score): Senior division — first place: Brice White, second place: Emily Wellman; and junior division — first place: Kelton Villard.

— Award 3 (presented to the top individual with the best pen of two lambs who rated the highest overall in the carcass and rate of gain contests): Faith Santistevan.

Learning to keep records is a part of the 4-H project. During the 2011 Achievement Night Awards program, the following members were recognized for going that extra step to understand and demonstrate the importance of good record keeping:

• First year dog records: First place: Brittnee Meats, second place: Amber Newell, third place: Chase Davis, fourth place: Krista Shaffer.

• Advanced dog records: First place: Kayla Hall, second place: Justin Dugan, third place: Faith Santistevan, fourth place: Elizabeth Trochtrop, fifth place: Marissa Butler.

• Best-kept livestock and horse records: 56 members received awards, by age, in various enterprise categories. (These will be listed in yet another story covering Achievement Night awards.) The overall top five record books (age and enterprise not a factor) were: first place: Makayla Goodnow, second place: Alexi Goodnow, third place: Josie Timmer, fourth place: Emily Wellman, and fifth place: Andrea Maneotis.

The Moffat County 4-H members had such a great year in 2011 that there are still more awards to report. Next week, Part 3 of this story will include record book awards in livestock and horse, leader and member recognition, and club awards.

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