• Youths at State 4-H Poultry Day examine embryos by 'candling' eggs.
    Youths at State 4-H Poultry Day examine embryos by 'candling' eggs.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thirty-six youths from across Missouri attended the 2023 State 4-H Poultry Day, June 10 at the University of Missouri Animal Science Research Center in Columbia.

Competitions included a poultry judging contest, quiz bowl, egg demonstration contest, photo contest and dozen egg contest.

“The State 4-H Poultry Day provides youth with the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge in cutting-edge industry practices as well as basic poultry knowledge to help them succeed in their projects,” said Maria Calvert, MU Extension state 4-H agriculture educator.

Furthermore, 4-H members gained skills in grading eggs and poultry carcasses, identifying poultry cuts and selection of quality live poultry, all while networking with youths from around the state who shared similar interests, Calvert said.

Top 10 overall junior judging competitors:

  1. Aiden Wimmer, Callaway County.
  2. Asher Ahrens, Cape Girardeau County.
  3. Madisyn Suess, Cole County.
  4. Kasen Ahrens, Cape Girardeau County.
  5. Judd Lawson, Cedar County.
  6. Morgan Jackson, Scotland County.
  7. Cooper Stratton, Jasper County.
  8. Josie Schulte, Osage County.
  9. McKenzie Reed, Caldwell County.
  10. Brooke Jackson, Scotland County.

Top 10 overall senior judging competitors:

  1. Kaitlynn Murphy, Callaway County.
  2. Jasmine Gates, Randolph County.
  3. Bryli DeLashmutt, Callaway County.
  4. Walker Dycus, Audrain County.
  5. Dylan Rapp, Cooper County.
  6. Sadie Jackson, Scotland County.
  7. Riley Dycus, Audrain County.
  8. Alexandra Lucas, Randolph County.
  9. Chris Whitehead, Pulaski County.
  10. Brison Aughinbaugh, Clinton County.

In the dozen egg contest, the top competitor was Kaitlynn Murphy, Callaway County. In the photo contest, Judd Lawason of Cedar County placed first, Cooper Stratton of Jasper County placed second and Brooke Jackson of Scotland County placed third.

For the egg demonstration contest, the top three juniors were Madisyn Suess, Cole County; Kasen Ahrens, Cape Girardeau County; and Josie Schulte, Osage County.

The top junior quiz bowl team included Ambose Hill, Cooper Stratton, Ellie Stratton and Grant Hill. The top senior quiz bowl team included Sadie Jackson, Kade Sallee, Brison Aughinbaugh and Chris Whitehead.

Programs offered by Missouri 4-H would not be possible without support from our partners. Major support for Missouri 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resources programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Corteva Agriscience, Crader Distributing Co., FCS Financial, Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Holstein Association, Eunice Campbell, and Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog, D.V.M.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit

Youths at State 4-H Poultry Day examine embryos by 'candling' eggs.
Top junior competitors at State 4-H Poultry Day, from left,  Aiden Wimmer, Asher Ahrens and Madisyn Suess.
Top senior competitors at State 4-H Poultry Day, from left, Bryli DeLashmutt, Jasmine Gates and Kaitlynn Murphy.

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