4-Hers win judging event
Hayden — Like young NBA basketball prospects, some members of Routt County 4-H are being recruited by the pros.
Business people in the agriculture industry took notice of the Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team when it took first place out of 25 teams at the Weld County Livestock Judging Competition on Saturday.
Of the eight members of the team, five have the last name Rossi. Sarajane Rossi, who placed first individually out of more than 100 competitors, and Kim Rossi, who took 11th, have received offers for future jobs in the livestock judging business. They also made the top 10 in four judging competitions before the weekend event.
Michael Rossi, Josie Rossi and Ceanna Rossi are following in their footsteps.
Livestock judging requires public speaking ability and knowledge of the agriculture industry. Judges rate a group of pigs, sheep or cows based on traits such as structural correctness and muscle tone. Determining quality animals is key in determining their market value.
Livestock judging with 4-H is not only great job training, coach Rod Wille said, but scholarships are available for it, and it provides real life experience.
Some participants have simpler goals, though.
“I just do it so I can judge animals at home and help my dad,” Josie said.
“This is the best team we’ve ever had,” Wille said Wednesday, as several of the youngsters weighed their sheep at the Routt County Fairgrounds for the upcoming 90th Routt County Fair Junior Livestock Competition. “It’s hard for Western Slope teams to compete because they are small teams. Some counties can pick the cream of the crop for competitions, while we have eight members.
“The difference here is the work ethic. They work so hard.”
The Routt County team of Abbey Horn, Taylor Weishaar, Morgan Hatfield and the Rossis won embroidered folding chairs for their victory in Weld County. The team also placed an impressive seventh out of 37 teams in Sterling the week before.
Routt County 4-H members hope their winning streak will carry over when they host a livestock judging competition June 5 at the Routt County Fairgrounds.
For more information on livestock judging, or to join Routt County 4-H, call 879-0825.
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