County youth perform well

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marshall County's 4-H Chicken Show and Auction is scheduled for Sept. 8 at the county Agriculture-Expo Center and, a few weeks later, several 4-H Club members will be going to Wisconsin to compete in the World Dairy Expo.

Nearly 100 chickens will be on display at 5 p.m. on that second Thursday evening of September when Marshall County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett is to be the auctioneer selling the birds after they're judged at the center on Robin Hood Road.

Rick Skillington, the county director for the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service office in the Hardison Office Annex, announced the time, place and auctioneer for the annual 4-H Chicken Show to county commissioners last week when he advised the 18 leaders that Rob Augustine is the new 4-H agent with the Extension Service here and that Augustine is making all the arrangements for the Chicken Show.

Meanwhile, Skillington reports that the Marshall County 4-H Dairy Judging Team placed first in the state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest conducted during the Wilson County Fair in August. As a result, the team will be traveling with Augustine to the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc., on Oct. 1.

There are four members on the Marshall County 4-H Dairy Judging Team.

They are: Ben Jordan, a junior at MCHS, the son of Ken and Melanie Jordan of Jordan Lane, north of Berlin; Dusty Strasser, a student at the Forrest School, the daughter of Toby and Jenny Strasser, of the Strasser Farm, east of Chapel Hill; Dalton Todd, a Forrest School student who's the son of Dee and Carla Todd who live southeast of Chapel Hill; and Rachael Whaley, another Forrest School student who lives at Wheel with her parents.

"Ben was the high individual" for his dairy judging because he spoke well when giving reasons for why he placed the cows. He was also noted for appropriate placement of the animals when judging them against others.

Jenny Strasser is the coach for the team.

In other agricultural news recently, the county's Agriculture Committee met a few weeks ago when members voted to hire Augustine. They also discussed problems with Appertain, a service with Allied Waste for large animal pickup and disposal at the Middle Point Sanitary Landfill at Walter Hill in Rutherford County just north of Murfreesboro.

The service is a successor to what had been provided by Griffin Industries. It discontinued collection of carcasses and now Appertain insists that all carcasses must have lime applied regardless of the pickup time. Furthermore, no severely decomposed animals will be picked up. Severely decomposed has been defined by at least one south central agricultural agent as "bloated and busted." To avoid problems with collection and at the landfill, farmers are advised to put their unwanted animals down just before Appertain arrives.