4-H’ers line up their cows and chicks in competition

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Jr. Champion & Reserves Jr. Champion Holstein, Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Holstein & Overall Supreme Champion (in memory of Clyde & Pallen Jordan) - Taylor Smith (on left, pictured with Ben and Andrew Jordan, grandsons of Clyde & Pallen Jordan).

4-H has expanded the scope of their programming over the years to focus more on overall youth development.

The roots of the club, originally intended to educate young farmers on new farming technology at the start of the 20th century, remain strongly rooted in agriculture, however.

That’s why the annual 4-H dairy show and chick chain judging held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Marshall County Showground is always one of the headline events of the year.

This year’s chick chain competition, one of the signature events in the 4-H calender, offers students an opportunity to raise pullets over the summer, giving them an opportunity to learn about responsibility while offering the pride of raising food for their family at the same time.

In early March, 47 students, from fourth grade to high school, picked up the chicks from the Extension office, resulting in 27 pens of full-grown, egg laying chickens entered in the judging.

Julie Giles, with the Marshall County Extension office, said that this year saw more participants in both shows, as well as more livestock, and more support and involvement from the community as a whole.

Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Jersey- Jacob Gillespie.

“Overall, it was a very good community event for the youth in Marshall County,” said Giles.

Participants in this year’s 4-H Chick Chain show: Front Row (L-R): Doug LeGrone, Hannah Grover, Brynn Smithson, Nathan Caiafa, Connor Crawford, Aurora Matthews. Middle Row (L-R): Rachel Taylor, Jack Dunnivant, Bo Schrimsher, Hayden Grover, Virginia LaFlamme, Rebecca Worley. Back Row (L-R): Elizabeth Worley, Elizabeth Taylor, Seth Taylor, Emma Lyle, Jacey Burgess, Ellarose Strasser, Hadley Frazier.
4-H Chick Chain Show Grand Champion Chickens (L to R): Grand Champion Sex Link- Ellarose Strasser, Reserve Grand Champion Sex Link- Nathan Caiafa, Grand Champion Barred Rock- Seth Taylor, and Reserve Grand Champion Barred Rock- Doug LeGrone.