Brookings S.D. (KELO AM) - The South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Team held its second annual youth livestock judging camps in June. The two camps drew 65 participants who received tailored instruction.The first camp was held June 8-10 and provided children ages 9-13 the opportunity to develop basic livestock evaluation abilities. The second session, held June 12-14, was developed for youth 14-18 with a concentration in the development and perfection of oral reasons delivery.Participants gained effective oral communication skills, problem-solving techniques and the understanding of class selection criteria. Attendees learned how to evaluate livestock and present their thoughts on placing classes. They also received instruction on adjusting live evaluation priorities for each species, assistance with the development and presentation of oral reasons, and judging contest experience.Armed with their camp experience, recent attendees have placed in various competitions. For example, a 2013 camp attendee placed in the top five at both the 2013 South Dakota 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and the 2014 South Dakota FFA Convention. Already, several 2014 camp participants placed in the top 10 at the American Simmental Association's North Central Regional in both the junior and senior divisions.Plans are underway for the 2015 livestock judging camps. SDSU livestock judging coach and instructor Joshua Cribbs is excited to see how camp attendees place in upcoming contests."The camp helps attendees gain the knowledge base for livestock judging and gives them the upper hand in other state, regional and national livestock judging contests." said Cribbs.
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