On Wednesday March 1st the Wilmington College Aggies and Colligate 4-H group held the 59th annual Aggies Livestock Judging Contest in Springfield, Ohio at the Clark County Fairgrounds. In years past it has even been held here in Clinton County at the fairgrounds and at the Roberts Arena.
The Aggies Livestock Judging Contest is an educational judging contest that is made up of four different CDE’s or Career Development Events through the Ohio FFA. The four contests include general livestock judging, agronomy, equine judging, and dairy judging. The purpose of the contest is to put students in situations that a producer faces when building their farm operation. From judging livestock to identifying major agronomy problems students work their way through a challenging contest.
“Once the fall semester starts, and we come back from summer we start with some of the major details, like the location. Then around November is when we start looking for suppliers and judges and working through the rest of the planning. There is a lot of small pieces to the event that takes time to accomplish. So overall close to 4 months,” said Aggies president and WC student Meghan Bruns.
This year’s contest had 1,161 students total attendance.
“Having the opportunity to give back to high school students in 4-H and FFA is special to a lot of Aggies members because 4-H and FFA was a large part of a lot of Wilmington Ag students beginning in agriculture.” – Meghan Bruns, Aggie President
“My favorite part of the contest, is seeing it all come together,” said Bruns. “As an officer team we start as a team of relative strangers and by working towards a goal of hosting a successful Aggies Judging contest we are able to recognize the growth as a team and see all of our handwork unfold within one day. Having the opportunity to give back to high school students in 4-H and FFA is special to a lot of Aggies members because 4-H and FFA was a large part of a lot of Wilmington Ag students beginning in agriculture, and being able to give back to those organizations is something we pride ourselves on as an organization,” said Bruns.
Aggies and Colligate 4-H host several other events throughout the school year as well. For more information regarding these events watch for post on the campus app or the Aggies Facebook page.