Members of the Grove FFA chapter attended the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Camp June 11 to 13 in Stillwater.

Those attending included Hannah Dozier, Sierra Campbell, Lauren Chaney, Kash Butler and Kord Butler.

Led by Rusty Gosz, Dr. Blake Bloomberg and other members of the animal science department faculty and staff, along with members of the OSU Livestock Judging Team, the camp included a variety of things related to the livestock judging contests.

Instruction included current type in slaughter and breeding beef cattle, sheep and swine; judging livestock in six categories; live animal and carcass relationships; the use of performance data and preparing and presenting oral reasons.

The camp included a variety of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, one-on-one coaching, critiques, as well as question and answer sessions. 

Each participant prepared and presented several sets of oral reasons, and at least three sets were recorded for the participant to view.   

“Livestock judging is very beneficial to students enrolled in the Grove Agricultural Education program," said Garrett Bergman, advisor. "It enhances decision making capabilities and also provides the opportunity to defend those decisions through oral reasons.

"Oral reasons provide the framework for public speaking skills – skills that are needed to succeed in life. [The judging skills provide] confidence needed in those students who may be timid to voice their opinion and strive for success.”

Kash Butler was one of the members who took part in the camp.

“I really enjoyed meeting people from all over the United States this camp attracted people from Virginia, New Mexico, California and Florida," Butler said. "After attending this Camp I feel confident I will be more competitive at the next contest.”