KINGMAN - To get the real story on the quality of the meat on the animals they raised, 4-H members from Mohave County traveled to Tucson, to participate in the 33rd Annual Mohave County 4-H Carcass Contest.
"Judging live animals on the hoof, as it is done at the County Fair is very different from judging carcasses on the rail," said Gerald Olson, Extension Agent, 4-H. "Livestock judges, judging 'on the hoof' cannot see through the hide of the animal so they must rely on their experiences and knowledge to place the animals. But after the animals are sent to market and the cover is off, that's when the real story is told ... the beauty pageant is over and the science begins."
"All of the Award of Merit carcasses were exceptional quality, but because of the strict judging criteria used, only the very, very best received awards," Olson said.
The carcass contest was developed to help members evaluate their exercise and feeding programs with the final finished meat product.
Dr. John Marchello from the University of Arizona, Meat Science Department, evaluated the beef, sheep, goat and swine carcasses according to strict standards and modern grading criteria of the meat industry.
Logan Dollarhide of the Bent Bucket Bunch 4-H Club received the Top Placing Swine of Merit award, and 85.5 percent of the swine in the contest received Swine of Merit awards. Others receiving Swine of Merit awards (in award order) were: Dylan Pelham, Cedar Hills 4-H Club; Payton Chamberlain, Buck N Doe 4-H Club; Breanna Ball, Kingman FFA; Lindsey Soles, Bent Bucket Bunch 4-H Club; Lucas Ortiz, Kingman FFA; Travis Lawrence, Kingman FFA; Samantha Sullivan, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Langdon Koyayesva, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Collin Stratton, Kingman FFA; Tahne Siyuja, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Baylee Hammond, Thundering Hooves 4-H Club; McKayla White, Kingman FFA; Amanda Burnside, Kingman FFA; Flynn Watahomigie, Buck N Doe 4-H Club; Logan Williams, Kingman FFA; Kylie Tomlinson, Bent Bucket Bunch 4-H Club; Raven Honga, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Trey Honga, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Darlea Guthrie, Kingman FFA; and Hailey Finch, Kingman FFA.
Clayton (Sid) Jensen, Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club raised the Top Placing Lamb of Merit Award, one of 13 in the contest 76.9% of the lambs graded Lamb of Merit. Others receiving lamb awards in order of Merit were: Rebecca Schrum, Stockton Hill Herd 4-H Club; Justine Kelly, Buck N Doe 4-H Club; Jozua Fielding, Buck-N-Doe 4-H Club; Avory Row, Kingman FFA; Tori Salem, The Outlaws 4-H Club; Braiden Holyoak, Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club; Levi Dudley, the Outlaws 4-H Club; Catlin Prieto, Cedar Hills 4-H Club; and Trey Prieto, Cedar Hills 4-H Club.
Rochelle Pedi, Cactus Critters 4-H Club, raised the Top Goat of Merit along with Kaitlyn Scott, Horse N Around 4-H Club raising the other in the contest making it 100 percent Goat of Merit awards winners.
Payden Dollarhide of the Bent Bucket Bunch 4-H Club received the top Steer of Merit Award for his 691-pound carcass. Also receiving Steer of Merit awards were Diago Querta, Buck N Doe 4-H Club; Shyralyn Marshall, Buck N Doe 4-H Club; Dakota Parker of the Outlaws 4-H Club; Justin Studer, Horse N Around 4-H Club; Dalton Smith, Bent Bucket Bunch 4-H Club; and Hunter Sturgill, Renegade 4-H Club.
The 2011 Carcass Contest photos and results can be viewed at www.cals.arizona.edu/mohave/4h.
4-H is the Youth Development of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System, and is open to ages 5 to 19. For more information, contact Extension Agent Gerald W. Olson, at 101 E. Beale St., Suite A, Kingman, or telephone (928) 753-3788.