Thursday, January 16, 2014

National Beef Champs! Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Judging Team Wins Beef Category, Places 5th Overall at Western National

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- The Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Judging team came home with honors from the 2014 Western National Round-up Livestock Contest held Jan. 11 in Denver, Colorado.

According to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the team won the beef division by averaging 49 points on 4 classes and averaging 45.4 points on two sets of reasons in the species.  The team placed fifth overall in a field of 24 teams.

“This team really put it all together in beef at the contest,” said Deaver.  “All four team members were in the top 20 of the division, and three were in the top ten.  They saw the classes really well, and did a great job with their oral reasons.  Coach Jim Spencer, Jr., did a great job preparing this young team for national competition.”


Tori Armstrong, Hayden Fisher, Colton Spencer and Ty Whittaker were the high team in the beef division, fifth in oral reasons, sixth in swine and tenth in sheep.

Spencer, son of Jim and Janella Spencer of Aurora, was 8th high individual in the contest, and was 2nd high individual in beef.  He was also eighth in goats and 9th in swine and oral reasons.

Fisher, the daughter of Devin Fisher of Aurora, was fourth high individual in beef and 21st individual in sheep, oral reasons, and overall.

Whittaker, the son of Lyle and Jania Whittaker of Miller, was 16th high individual in beef.  Armstrong, the daughter of Mark and Marla Armstrong of Aurora, was 7th high individual in beef.

Contestants placed four beef, one goat, two sheep and three swine classes and gave six sets of oral reasons.  The team is coached by Lawrence County 4-H volunteer, Jim Spencer, Jr.

The Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Judging Team is supported by Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Robert E. “Bud” and Betty Hertzog, FCS Financial, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and Missouri Farm Bureau in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Residents of southwest Missouri contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.

PHOTO AVAILABLE: An original photo of team members and their coach with competition ribbons can be downloaded for free from the regional MU Extension photo library at The direct link to photo is


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