Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Iredell County 4-H’ers have had a busy and successful summer.

In July, Hannah Loftin and Grant Hall both won gold awards at the state level for their 4-H presentations. Loftin presented in the 14-18 Livestock and Dairy Production category. Her presentation was titled, “How to Clip a Dairy Heifer So She Is Ready for Those Colored Shavings.” Grant presented on “Turkey Calls” in the 11-13 Forestry & Wildlife category.

On August 13, the NC 4-H Poultry Judging Contest was held virtually. Iredell County 4-H’ers had a wonderful showing, placing first in the senior division. The team consisted of Hannah Loftin, Laurel Gray and Hanna Ball. Iredell County 4-H was also represented by two junior contestants, Cooper Grebe and Carson Ball.

In poultry judging, youth evaluate live birds, processed ready-to-cook birds and eggs for quality, as well as the importance of marketing to the public and how to apply those skills in a realistic decision-making process. Poultry judging teaches animal husbandry fundamentals as well as life skills, including critical thinking, teamwork, and oral communication.


To learn more about these contests and other opportunities in 4-H, please contact Taylor Jenkins, Iredell County 4-H Agent, at 704-873-0507 or

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