NOVI, MI — Thirty-five 4-H youth from 18 counties across Michigan participated in the 2017 Michigan State Fair, LLC Livestock Judging Contest held September 4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Each participant judged two classes of beef heifers, two classes of ewes and one class of breeding gilts. They all answered questions on a Southdown Ewe Lamb class and then either answered questions or gave oral reasons on the Polled Hereford Yearling Heifer class and the Breeding Gilt class.
The top four winners in the Junior Division for ages 9-11 were: Amelia Barnum, Ingham County, first place; Sophia Barnum, Ingham County, second; Caiden Parker, Tuscola County, third; and Ryan Murphy from Berrien County, fourth place.
The top five judges in the Intermediate Division for ages 12-14 were: Jaycie Brown, Washtenaw County, first place; Vanessa Veld, Allegan County, second; Emma Barnum, Ingham County, third; Cady Wallace, Sanilac County, fourth; and Brianna Stockwell, Cass County, fifth place.
The top five judges in the Senior Division for ages 15-17 were: Tyler Rozema, Muskegon County, first place; Kinsee Lettinga, Barry County, second; Katrina Tucker, Allegan County, third; Makayla Ogg, Clare County, fourth; and Dale Mize, Livingston County, fifth place.
The top two judges in the Senior Division for ages 18-21 were: Darren Kulicamp, Ottawa County, first place; and Adrianna Jackson, Tuscola County, second place.
Each of the division winners will receive a belt buckle from the Michigan State Fair. The Dan Kiesling Memorial Award for the High Individual in the Livestock Judging Contest was won by Jaycie Brown from Pinckney, Michigan.