The Illinois 4-H poultry judging team placed eighth high team overall at this event held during the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky. The 2011 National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest attracted 20 teams from across the nation to compete for top honors on Nov. 17.
Illinois team members included Nathan Koester of Scales Mound, Meghan Price of Peotone, Codie Geisz of Elizabeth and Corey Wachter of Elizabeth.
Koester placed seventh overall in the production hens division. Each team member received a bronze pin for their overall placings.
Illinois was recognized for placing ninth in production hens, seventh in market poultry and eighth in market eggs.
The Illinois 4-H team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the Illinois State 4-H Office and the U of I Department of Animal Sciences. The team was coached by Ken Koelkebeck and Pam Utterback.