Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team Wins 2011 National Championship

The livestock judging team took home first place. The Illinois State 4-H Skillathon Team placed third.

Published on: Nov 30, 2011

The Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team bested a field of 28 states to become the 2011 national champions at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on Nov. 15.

The contest was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Team members include Jake Bloomberg of Berwick, Max Look of Mapleton, Tyler Homann of Charleston, Bailey McClelland of Bowen, and Sarah DeSchepper of Altona.

The National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is the premier event of education and competition for youth involved in livestock evaluation programs. The Illinois team placed first in swine, first in oral reasons, second in sheep and goats, fourth in cattle, and first overall. 

Bloomberg captured the coveted title of high individual overall in the contest. Bloomberg was first in swine, third in sheep and goats, sixth in cattle, and ninth in oral reasons. McClelland finished first in oral reasons, first in sheep and goats, and tenth high individual overall. Look placed seventh in swine.

The team was coached by University of Illinois graduate students Bain Wilson and Chris Cassady. The team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois State 4-H program.   

Livestock Skillathon results

At the same expo, the Illinois State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed third in the nation at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest.

Team members included Jaylene Jennings of DeKalb, Trey Fecke of Bonfield, Amy Loschen of Kempton, and Caitlyn Bowyer of Sumner.

The Illinois team placed second in identification of meats, breeds, and equipment, sixth in Quality Assurance, sixth in evaluation, and third overall. 

Individual honors went to Jennings for placing second in identification and tenth high individual overall. She also was selected as a Top 10 All-American. Fecke finished 14th overall. Loschen placed sixth in identification and 18th overall. Bowyer finished eighth in evaluation and 19th overall. 

The team is coached by Steve Austin and Mark Bowyer. The team is sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois State 4-H program.