More than 200 youth from 25 states participated Feb. 3 in a youth cattle judging contest held in conjunction with the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The young people competed for honors and cash prizes in the fourth annual competition. The contest is sponsored by Farm Credit, and livestock panels were sponsored by Priefert Ranch Equipment.

NCBA youth programs were championed by former NCBA President Andy Groseta of Cottonwood, Ariz., who prompted the organization to develop additional programs for youth in the cattle industry. The judging contest has grown significantly since first introduced at the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, where 60 young people competed.

More than 1,000 young people attended the convention, which attracted a record crowd of 8,216.

Novice Division
1st Place:  John Kohl McAdams, Adkins, Texas
2nd Place: Zack Snoddy, Kelso, Tenn.
3rd Place: Cassie Lewis, Gates, Tenn.
4th Place: Clay Wingate, Myakka City, Fla.
5th Place: Bella Swain, Calloway County, Ky.
 
Junior Division
1st Place: Madison Shults, Dinosaur, Colo.
2nd Place: Tyler Cook, Robertson County, Tenn.
3rd Place: Blake Hopkins, Louisa, Va.
4th Place: Collin Stanley, Franklin, Tenn.
5th Place: Tyler Haley, Franklin, Tenn.
 
Senior Division
1st Place: Gibson Priest, Calhoun, Ga.
2nd Place: Rex Dunn, Fayetteville, Tenn.
3rd Place: Brooke Smith, Paris, Tenn.
4th Place: Luke Stanley, Franklin, Tenn.
5th Place: Timothy Hubbard, Calhoun, Ga.
 
Team Placing/Senior Division
1st Place: Lincoln County (Tenn.) Senior Team A
2nd Place: Henry County (Tenn.) 4-H
3rd Place: Georgia Senior Team A
 
Collegiate Division
1st Place: Chris Mackey, University of Tennessee
2nd Place: Meg Drake, Kansas State University
3rd Place: Chandler Akins, University of Georgia
4th Place: Jacob Holmes, University of Georgia
5th Place: Cameron Clark, University of Georgia
 
Team Placing/Collegiate Division
1st Place: University of Georgia
2nd Place: University of Georgia Team 2
3rd Place: Kansas State University