Peyton Ditter, Intermediate Individual Winner, holding his trophy and ribbons for the Intermediate Team win.

Peyton Ditter, Intermediate Individual Winner, holding his trophy and ribbons for the Intermediate Team win.

TALLAHASSEE — Seven Lafayette County 4-H members competed recently in the North Florida Fair Farm Judging competition and one placed first in the state.

Carra Clark, Molly Hamlin and Peyton Ditter represented the Lafayette Intermediate 4-H, while Kellan Clark, Dallas Deadwyler, Miley McCray and Kerri Ditter represented Lafayette Junior 4-H. The teams judged market hogs, laying hens, beef heifers, dairy heifers and a variety of grains and forage crops.

Peyton Ditter earned first place in the Intermediate division’s highest individual score. Deadwyler received third place in the competition’s junior division. The Lafayette Junior Farm Judging team placed second in the competition and intermediate team placed third.

While these youth gain knowledge about different aspects of livestock, grains, and forage through their participation in this program, the important life skills these youth learn through participating are the real rewards of the Livestock Judging Program. Youth develop character and learn the value of the hard work and preparation that it takes to be successful and develop decision-making and communication skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.

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