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Pennsylvania 4-H'ers Compete at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Posted: December 3, 2014

Pennsylvania's Avian Bowl team placed second overall and the Poultry Judging team placed fourth overall.
Pennsylvania's delegation, from left: Sandy Haagen, Brandon Long, Taylor Mauk, Brian Cameron, Kayleigh Rine, Gregory Martin, Sierra Rider, Mathew Holliday, Matthew Kasopsky, Phillip J. Clauer and Denise Holliday.

Pennsylvania's delegation, from left: Sandy Haagen, Brandon Long, Taylor Mauk, Brian Cameron, Kayleigh Rine, Gregory Martin, Sierra Rider, Mathew Holliday, Matthew Kasopsky, Phillip J. Clauer and Denise Holliday.

Pennsylvania 4-Hers competed successfully at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held November 19-20 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, with the Avian Bowl placing second overall and the Poultry Judging team placing fourth.

The Avian Bowl is a double elimination round robin tournament in which contestants are required to answer questions regarding poultry science, poultry meat and egg production and information about the poultry industry. Six teams participated. Members of the team were Taylor Mauk, Pleasant Gap; Sierra Rider, Bellefonte; and Kayleigh Rine, Bellefonte. Sandy Haagen, Howard, coached the team. Thirteen teams participated.

Members of the Poultry Judging team were Brian Cameron, St. Peters; Mathew Holliday, Limerick; Brandon Long, Harleysville; and Matthew Kasopsky, Audubon, all from Montgomery County. Denise Holliday, Limerick coached the team. The team was third in Market Poultry Division, sixth in Market Egg Division and sixth in Production Hens and Oral Reasons.

Individually, Cameron was eighth high individual and was 11th in the Market Poultry Division and 11th in the Market Egg Division.  Long was 11th high overall, 10th in market poultry division and 12th in Production Hens and Oral Reasons. Holliday was 12th high individual overall, 11th in the market egg division and 10th in production hens and oral reasons.

In the poultry judging contest, participants are required to judge ready-to cook chicken and turkey carcasses, live production hens and market eggs. Nineteen teams and 75 individuals participated.

Phillip J. Clauer, senior instructor in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, and Gregory Martin, extension educator, accompanied the group.

Clauer was one of two speakers at a Poultry Careers workshop, discussing the career opportunities available in the poultry industry and how to pursue a college program that will give students diverse experiences in poultry to develop a successful career. Terry Ashby, Perdue Farms, spoke about his work in the industry.

The National 4-H Poultry and Egg conference strives to develop the next generation of leaders through teaching skills and decision making while encouraging 4-Hers to gain a comprehensive body of knowledge about poultry and the industry. At the 2014 conference, 157 senior 4-Hers from 22 states participated in the five separate competitive events. 

Youth are strongly encouraged to participate in one of these poultry contests in the future.  These activities provide exceptional learning experiences, a lot of fun, and excellent awards. Since 2002, Pennsylvania has offered state contests in Poultry Judging, Chicken and Turkey Barbecue Presentations, and Avian Bowl, and Pennsylvania delegates consistently have placed very well in this national event annually.

If you are interested in participating in these events at the state level in the future, contact Phillip J. Clauer (e-mail: pclauer@psu.edu, phone: 814-863-8960) for more information.  The PA State 4-H Poultry website (http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/projects/poultry/contest-events/state-contest) also has information about these events.

Recognition and thanks go to the Pennsylvania Poultry Industry Fund for 4-H Poultry Program Support, PennAg Industries Poultry Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association for helping to sponsor the Pennsylvania 4-H Poultry Program and the delegations travel expenses for this trip.