2021 State 4-H Poultry Day
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension 2021 State 4-H Poultry Day was held on Saturday, June 12th at the University of Missouri Animal Science Research Center, with 30 4-H youth participants from around the state in attendance. The State 4-H Poultry Day provided participants with a full day of educational sessions, workshops, and contests. Contests that youth could participated in included a Poultry Judging Contest, Photo Contest, and Dozen Egg Contest.
The State 4-H Poultry day provides youth with the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge in cutting edge industry practices, as well as basic poultry knowledge to help them succeed in their projects. Furthermore, 4-H members gained skills in grading eggs and poultry carcasses, identifying poultry cuts, and selection of quality live poultry, all while networking with youth from around the state who shared similar interests. This year the educational presentations were led by Mark Cunningham, Poultry Judge and Exhibitioner, Dr. Janet Snow, Poultry Nutritionist, CSA Animal Nutrition, Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri, Dr. Tatijana Fisher, Assistant Professor and State Specialist of Poultry Production and Management, Lincoln University, and Lorryn Bolte, Global Product Marketing Coordinator at Phibro Animal Health Corporation.
The top 10 overall junior judging competitors were 1st, Asher Ahrens, Cape Girardeau County; 2nd, Hunter Aufdenberg, Cape Girardeau County; 3rd, Aiden Wimmer, Callaway County; 4th, Madisyn Suess, Cole County; 5th, Bryli DeLashmutt, Callaway County; 6th, Kirsten Harris, Callaway County; 7th, Kasen Ahrens, Cape Girardeau County; 8th, Sadie Jackson, Scotland County; 9th, Emily Harris, Callaway County; and 10th, Bailey Aufdenberg, Cape Girardeau County.
In the Dozen Egg Contest, the top competitor was August Nagel, Franklin County. In the Photo Contest, Morgan Jackson, Scotland County, placed first and Alyzabeth Ambrose, Scotland County, placed second.
The top 3 overall senior judging competitors were 1st, Cassidy Murphy, Callaway County; 2nd, Doralynn Lee, Warren County; and 3rd, Jasmine Gates, Randolph County. These youth will have the opportunity to represent Missouri at national competition at the 2021 National Poultry and Egg Conference.
The 2021 State 4-H Poultry Day was sponsored by The Poultry Federation and the Missouri Egg Council with support from the Missouri 4-H Foundation. Successful and meaningful programs, like State 4-H Poultry Day, would not be possible without support from our partners.
More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.