Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins national title
November 22, 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 included 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.

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