FHSU to host 1st annual junior and senior youth livestock judging camp

Fort Hays State University's Agriculture Department, along with the 2004 Tiger Livestock Judging Team, will host the first ever FHSU Junior and Senior Youth Livestock Judging Camps on June 14-16, 2004.

The camp is designed for youth 10-18 years of age with minimal experience in livestock judging and is aimed at enabling the youth to become proficient livestock judges.

"We hope to provide a blueprint for success," said Kolby Burch, FHSU livestock judging coach and camp director. "We will also teach these young people how to become more effective communicators."

Burch will kick off the camp with a presentation on the reasons for judging livestock, which include the development of youth in areas of public speaking, personal confidence and decision-making skills.

Livestock judging also serves to increase chances of post graduation success, he said.

"These young people are becoming better in many areas because livestock judging is much more than evaluating livestock and describing them," said Burch. "It is thinking, organization, time management, public speaking, self-confidence, self-motivation, team building and competition."

Lecture seminars will introduce campers to beef, sheep and swine marketing and breeding evaluation. A trip to the Kansas State University Research Center in Hays is also planned to help give camp attendants a hands-on experience.

Burch said plans are to continue the educational opportunity that the livestock judging camp provides.

Students who have enrolled and are planning to attend the camp are listed below by age and hometown.
Colby: Jonathan Schmidt, 15.
Jewell: Corbine Greene, 10.
La Junta, CO: Angrea Leininger, 14, Zach Leininger, 11.
Osage City: Matt Railsback, 12.
Rangely, CO: Hastin Boulger, 14, Derek Tuck, 14, Joe Hutton, 13.

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