Local woman represents Alberta in livestock judging competition

A local woman has returned from competing in a prestigious North American livestock competition.

A local woman has returned from competing in a prestigious North American livestock competition.

Riley Sharp, 18, of Lacombe County, returned last week from competing in a livestock judging competition.

Sharp was part of a four member team from Alberta that went down to the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana to compete in the art of evaluating livestock.

The ultimate goal of livestock judging is for the judge to compare their perceptions of an animal against the considered ideal and then contrast the opinion with other individuals.

In order to qualify, Sharp had to place in a provincial competition that was held in Vermillion.

Her teammates for the competition down in the States included MacArthur Kowalchuk from Willingdon, Hailey Adams from Forestburg and Colby Evans from Carstairs.

Team Alberta joined over 500 participants, which included many from other 4-H clubs and the Future Farmers of America.

The Alberta judging team placed third in sheep, third in swine, first in beef, second in reasoning and third overall in the competition.

As a solo judge, Sharp earned the highest point in senior beef judging and sixth overall.

Sharp is a fourth generation East Lacombe 4-H member. She is currently living in Lloydminister and attending Lakeland College.

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