Submitted The Macon County 4-H meats judging team includes: (from left) Amber Naramore, Paige Davenport, Samantha Bussell and Zachary Goad.

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The Macon County 4-H meats judging team includes: (from left) Amber Naramore, Paige Davenport, Samantha Bussell and Zachary Goad.

The Macon County 4-H consumer decision making team and meats judging team traveled to Denver for national competitions at Western National Roundup, which was held from Jan. 9-13.

Both teams qualified for Western National Roundup based on their placings at their state competitions, with the consumer decision making team being awarded second place and the meats judging team earning fourth place.

On Jan. 11, the consumer decision making team - which included Zachary Goad, Allye Morgan, Cryslyn Rittenberry, and Layla Amons - placed fifth while competing at the Western National Roundup Headquarters in Denver.

Throughout the competition, they utilized and strengthened their family and consumer sciences knowledge and communication, teamwork, and decision-making skills to quickly answer questions during the family and consumer sciences quiz bowl.

On Jan. 12, the meats judging team - which included Zachary Goad, Samantha Bussell, Amber Naramore and Paige Davenport - placed seventh while competing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

During their competition, they identified meat cut names, types of meat cuts and recommended cooking methods for retail and wholesale cuts of beef and pork, and they judged classes of retail meat cuts, wholesale meat cuts, and carcasses based on meat quality and lean-to-fat proportions. The competition applied and increased the team's meats judging knowledge, decision-making capabilities, and communication skills through oral reasons.

While in Denver, the Macon County 4-H watched the National Western Stock Show Parade of stagecoaches, floats, and more than 40 longhorn cattle walking through the downtown streets, explored the Rocky Mountains, and attended the National Western Stock Show.

At Western National Roundup, both teams had the opportunity to meet other 4-H participants from 33 states and Canada at events to improve their responsibility, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.