4-H’ers win livestock judging honors

<p>4-H members who competed in the recent livestock judging contest at the University of Idaho, left to right, are: top row, Zari Bathke, Jake Coggins, Cole Gomes, Jalyn Barney; second row, Chloe Birkmaier, Aspen Birkmaier, Jimmy Wells; front, Jacob Falk, Chance Arbogast, Deidre Schreiber, Craig Burch and Timmy Wells.</p>

Twelve 4-H members from Wallowa County excelled at the University of Idaho Livestock Judging Contest on Oct. 5, with one of its teams bringing home a first place award and another placing fifth.

Individually, Aspen Birkmaier placed sixth and Chloe Birkmaier placed ninth out of approximately 150 kids competing in the U of I contest from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Wallowa County sent a total of three teams to compete in judging beef, sheep and swine, plus a questions class.

Judging on the first place team were Aspen Birkmaier, Chloe Birkmaier, Deidre Schreiber and Jake Coggins.

The fifth place team consisted of Cole Gomes, Zari Bathke, Timmy Wells and Jimmy Wells. Also representing Wallowa County 4-H were Jalyn Barney, Chance Arbogast, Jacob Falk and Craig Burch.

The group was chaperoned by Nancy Maasdam, Amy Stubblefield and Larry Wells.

“I was very proud of the teams, especially with so many young members. They worked hard and did an excellent job,” said 4-H agent Debi Schreiber.

Following the contest, the group attended a barbecue put on by the Block and Bridle Club, and went to a U of I football game.

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