JWCC Announces Winners of Livestock Judging Contest

John Wood Community College recently held its 15th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center, sponsored by ADM Animal Nutrition and Moorman’s ShowTec and hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club. Three hundred and forty-six students from 27 Illinois and Missouri high schools, FFA and 4-H clubs participated. 

Schools participating included: A-C Central, Brown County, Camp Point Central, Carrollton, Farmington, Franklin, Griggsville-Perry, Illini West, Jacksonville, Liberty, Lincoln, Nokomis, Payson-Seymour, Pittsfield, Pleasant Plains, Quincy, Southeastern, Triopia, Unity, Warsaw, West Central, West Prairie and Winchester in Illinois, and Troy in Missouri. Students from Adams County Beefers 4H Club, Christian County 4H Club and Troy-NCG also participated.

Livestock judging competitions help students learn to make decisions, strengthen and improve power of observation and apply scientific principles of animal growth and development. Evaluations included various species of cattle, pigs and sheep. 

Winners in the Varsity Division:
Overall Teams
1st Christian County 4H – Eric Schafer, Makenna Green, Tanner Mickey, Lizzie Schafer

2nd Troy – Jacob Bruns, Reed Bruns, Cole Zerrer, DJ Sharman 
3rd Pittsfield – John Scranton, Riley Parsons, Lauren Saxe, Will Heavner

Individual Overall Winners
1st Brayden Freeman, Winchester
2nd Eric Schafer, Christian County 4H
3rd Will Heavner, Pittsfield 

Beef Team
1st Winchester – Brayden Freeman, Millie Lashmett, Isabella Hoots, Allie Lashmett
2nd Jacksonville – Austin Dufelmeier, Allison Wheeler, Luke Hadden, Meghan Hadden
3rd Troy – Jacob Bruns, Reed Bruns, Cole Zerrer, DJ Sharman


Swine Team
1st  Christian County 4H – Eric Schafer, Makenna Green, Tanner Mickey, Lizzie Schafer
2nd Pittsfield – John Scranton, Riley Parsons, Lauren Saxe, Will Heavner
3rd Franklin – Kayla Keeton, Luke Bergschneider, Samantha Meis, Mollie Allen

Goat/Sheep Team
1st Jacksonville – Austin Dufelmeier, Allison Wheeler, Luke Hadden, Meghan Hadden 
2nd Christian Co 4H – Eric Schafer, Makenna Green, Tanner Mickey, Lizzie Schafer
3rd West Central – Heidi Ford, Brooke Harshbarger, Spencer Jack, Jensen Bowman

Beef Individual
1st Brayden Freeman, Winchester
2nd Tori Allen, Adams Co Beefers
3rd Will Heavner, Pittsfield

Swine Individual
1st Makenna Green, Christian County 4H
2nd Luke Bergschneider, Franklin 
3rd Lizzie Schaffer, Christian County 4H

Goat/Sheep Individual
1st Eric Schafer, Christian County 4H
2nd Reed Bruns, Troy, MO 
3rd Samantha Meis, Franklin

Cattle for evaluation during the competition were provided by Jase Mixer with Curl Creek Farms and Matt and Andrea Dearwester of Camp Point, IL; Curtis Schaffer with Shaffer Brothers-Triple S Cattle of Ursa, IL Grant Huber with Huber Farms of Camp Point, IL and 10-H Farms Inc. in care of Mike Tenhouse.  Tori Woods with Woods Wools of Baylis, IL., provided sheep; Dane Gordley with Gordley Family of Ursa, IL., provided goats. Pigs were provided by Lance Ryan of Cameron, IL.; Ty Engnell of Good Hope, IL; and J.R. Armstrong of Armstrong Genetics of Huntsville, IL.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.