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Guadalupe 4-H team wins national title

Guadalupe 4-H team wins national title
National Champion Livestock Judging Team (l-r) Guadalupe County Agricultural AgriLife Extension Service Agent Jeffrey Hanselka, Casey Lopez, Kylie Patterson, Mackenzie Scoggins, Wayne Morse, and Coach Chuck Real

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Chuck Real, celebrating his 30th year of training 4-H livestock teams in Guadalupe County, led four students -- Wayne Morse, Mackenzie Scoggins, Kylie Patterson, and Casey Lopez -- to a national championship in Denver, Colo., with the assistance of Texas AgriLife Extension Service Agricultural Extension Agent Jeffrey Hanselka. More than 900 youth from more than 30 states along with Alberta, Canada, attended the Western National Roundup Jan. 10-14 in Denver. The conference, now in its 94th year, is held annually, coinciding with the National Western Stock Show.

The 2014 Guadalupe 4-H livestock team earned first place with 2256 total points, outscoring the reserve champion team from Ohio by 13 points. The team was third in sheep, third in swine, second in beef, and third in reasons.

Wayne Morse was the high-point individual for the contest with 761 points. Wayne also earned fifth in goats, third in sheep, seventh in swine, third in beef, and first in reasons.

Mackenzie Scoggins was sixth in the contest. She placed sixth in sheep and second in placings.

Kylie Patterson was 10th in the contest. She earned fourth in swine, ninth in beef, and eighth in placings.

Both 4-H and FFA members between the ages of 14 and 19 have the opportunity to qualify for Roundup by placing first or second at their state’s Roundup Contest. In Texas, the second-place 4-H team has the opportunity to represent Texas at the National Western.

Currently, Wayne is a freshman at Blinn College and plans on judging with their National Western Champion team starting in the fall.

Mackenzie, a freshman at Texas A&M University, plans on attending medical school.

Kylie, a sophomore at East Central High School, plans to judge after graduation with a junior college and then a senior college while majoring in agricultural communications.

Casey, a freshman at Clarendon College, plans to join the livestock judging team in the fall.

Real stresses such skills as public speaking, professionalism, and good sportsmanship, along with the fundamentals of judging.

World contest

The team has one more contest to attend. These students won the opportunity to compete in the World Livestock Judging contest in Scotland. The students will travel to Scotland, Ireland, and England this summer (June 18 though July 2). The students will compete with other livestock judging teams from around the world at the Royal Highlander Show.

The unique experience is the first for Real to take a livestock judging team.

“It will be a real challenge to raise the money -- $4,000 to $5,000 per student --but this is one of the best teams I have worked with,” Real said.

The students will be having different fund-raisers and Hanselka is collecting funds at the Guadalupe 4-H office to assist Real and this judging team. All contributions are tax-deductible, since the group is a 501(3)c.

What a tremendous end to a great Texas Livestock Judging team and a legendary coach.

For more information about the Guadalupe 4-H Livestock Judging Program or how you can assist Real and this team with travel to the international livestock judging contest, contact Hanselka at 830-379-2153 or email j-hanselka@tamu.edu.

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