Lee County 4-H/FFA Cattle Working Teams competed in a regional contest on March 15 at the G & G Livestock in Ft. Chiswell, Va.
The teams’ coaches were Amy Osborne and Beth Shell. The team placed 11th out of 21 teams, with the team processing their calves with no complications in roughly 10 minutes.
Competitors in the event planned and then processed three stocker calves. They first completed a Cattle Processing Plan providing information about the products that were used, how they are used, and where they are administered.
Contestants then processed the calves. Calves received two vaccinations, a de-wormer, a growth promotant implant, and an insecticide ear tag. Scores were given by judges on the correctness of the procedures performed by contestants.
Contestants were also scored on their ability to handle the cattle. Time for completion of the processing is part of the contest as well.
To receive maximum score all calves needed to be processed in eight minutes or less. The emphasis is to encourage the efficient processing of calves, but not to pressure such fast activity that errors occur and safety is jeopardized.