2013 University of Arkansas Livestock Judging Camp
Bryan Kutz – Instructor
Each Year the University of Arkansas Animal Science Department Hosts a Livestock judging camp where youth from across our state and surrounding states can learn about the priorities in livestock selection, update themselves on the current industry trends and improve their communication skills through the presentation of oral reasons. 74 students ranging in age from 8-17 participated in this year’s camp which was held Monday June, 24 through Wednesday June 26.
Students were divided into three divisions depending on knowledge level and experience. These students worked tirelessly the first two days learning all they could about sheep, cattle, hogs and the reasons and terminology that accompany each species. The second day ended with some real fun leadership activities in which the teams competed in red-neck relay, egg tossing and the traditional water balloon fight and ice cream social. On the last day the kids were put to the test on what they had learned in the form of a judging contest that consisted of 6 classes with 3 sets of oral reasons. The camp concluded with an awards presentation. The top two scores overall in the advanced group received a scholarship to attend the U of A and major in Animal Science upon graduation.
The following are the awards given as a result of the judging contest:
A big THANK YOU goes out to Dianna and Butch Watson, Steve Jones, Past and Present U of A judging team members, Parents, chaperones, Extension Agents and all who helped contribute to make this camp a success.