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Pennsylvania 4-Hers Have Another Successful Year at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Posted: December 1, 2016

Eleven 4-H’ers represented Pennsylvania in four different contest areas at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY on November 17, with the Pennsylvania Poultry Judging Team from Montgomery County taking first place overall.
PA 4-H’ers competing in Kentucky: From left: Denise Holliday, Emma Holliday, Emma Roberto, Phillip Clauer, Will Tornambe, Gregory Martin, Matthew Eyre, Matthew DiFilipo, Alyssa Brown, Tyler Poorman, Addison Neff, Sandy Haagen, Amelia Miller a

PA 4-H’ers competing in Kentucky: From left: Denise Holliday, Emma Holliday, Emma Roberto, Phillip Clauer, Will Tornambe, Gregory Martin, Matthew Eyre, Matthew DiFilipo, Alyssa Brown, Tyler Poorman, Addison Neff, Sandy Haagen, Amelia Miller a

Eleven 4-H’ers represented Pennsylvania in four different contest areas at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY on Nov. 17, with the Pennsylvania Poultry Judging Team from Montgomery County taking first place overall. The team placed second in the market poultry division and second in production hens and oral reasons divisions.

Team members were Matthew DiFilipo, Emma Holliday, Emma Roberto and Will Tornambe, and received the Dr. Charles Wabeck Memorial Award, with each team member receiving a trophy and gold pin. Will Tornambe was the overall individual champion in the Poultry Judging contest and received $250 as well. He was high individual in the production hens and oral reasons division, and was fourth place individual in the market poultry division.

Emma Holiday was second place overall individual, receiving a plaque, gold pin and $225; she was sixth place individual in the production hens and oral reasons division and seventh place individual in the market poultry division.

The team was coached by Denise Holliday, Limerick, PA with assistance from Phillip Clauer, Penn State Poultry Specialist and Senior Instructor. Nineteen teams and 79 individuals competed in this year’s contest.

In the National Avian Bowl Contest, Pennsylvania was seated fifth after the quiz and each member won a $50 each for placing fourth in the double elimination Bowl portion of the event. Team members were Alyssa Brown, Amelia Miller and Tyler Poorman, all from the Centre County 4-H Poultry Club. The team was coached and chaperoned by Sandy Haagan. Fourteen teams participated in this year’s national competition.

Addison Neff from Dauphin County won $50 for placing seventh in the National Turkey Barbeque and Presentation contest. Matthew Eyre from Northampton County won a $50 for placing eighth in the National Chicken Barbeque and Presentation contest.

This annual conference allows 4-Hers from all over the country to compete in educational events that help them learn to make and defend decisions, speak publicly, and gain poultry-related skills. A Poultry Careers workshop is also held, exposing the 4-Hers to hands-on information from poultry food industry personnel with participants receiving pertinent information about career and educational opportunities in poultry industries.

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. If you are interested learning more about these events, contact Phillip J. Clauer (e-mail: pclauer@psu.edu, phone: 814-863-8960) for more information. The PA State 4-H Poultry website has additional information.

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