Farm-to-table dinner to benefit livestock judging team
Routt County 4-H Chapter will host a farm-to-table dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the I-Design Nursery in Phippsburg, 21250 Colorado Highway 131.
The dinner will feature dishes made with locally-raised and grown ingredients by members of Routt County 4-H. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 4-H livestock judging team and cover entry fees for competitions, as well as transportation and lodging expenses for statewide meets.
The Routt County livestock judging team is composed of 30 youths age 8 to 18.
“There used to be about 10 members. In the past three years, we’ve tripled in size,” said high school senior Hallie Myhre, who has been a member of the team for six years.
The team meets for weekly practices with coach Rod Wille from the beginning of March through May to prepare for competitions around Colorado.
During a competition, participants compete in both individual and team events and use their knowledge of anatomy to judge both the breeding and market quality of sheep, goats, cattle and hogs.
After classifying the livestock, competitors give a one- to two-minute oral presentation to justify their decisions to a panel of judges. The goal of the competition is to earn the most points from the panel for the articulation and rationale of rankings.
“I used to be super shy, and through judging, I’ve become more outgoing,” Myhre said.
In addition to the rewards of competition, livestock judging creates a close-knit community for its team.
“Learning how to judge is interesting, but it’s mainly the team and going on trips that make it something I like to do,” said Kady Look, a three-year member of the livestock judging team.
Past members of the Routt County 4-H have received full scholarships to colleges across the country, enabling them to pursue livestock judging as more than a hobby.
“It became one of my passions; it’s something that has propelled me toward my future,” said Myhre.
“I want to take over my family’s ranch, and it has shown me what to look for in an animal,” Look added.
A limited number of tickets for the dinner are available for purchase for $75 at Alpine Bank.
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