Lodge teen wins national award at 4-H Conference

by | August 4, 2018 4:59 am

Last Updated: August 4, 2018 at 12:48 am

Garrett Ulmer of Lodge was recognized as National 4-H Conference winners, awarded to four senior 4-H members with outstanding achievement in leadership and citizenship. Ulmer received his award at the 56th annual South Carolina State 4-H Congress at Clemson University recently.

He will attend the National 4-H Conference next spring in Washington, D.C.

A member of the Colleton County 4-H Club, Ulmer won the S.C. livestock judging state championship in April at Clemson, having the highest individual score in the cattle judging.

Ulmer started showing pigs at age 5. He joined 4-H because his mother, Karissa, was a 4-H agent and his older brother, Wes, showed cows, pigs and goats. While 4-H offers a variety of programs, Ulmer chose judging because “I really enjoy being around animals. Judging is not only a way to be around livestock, but it’s also a way to analyze and compare their traits to each other and against our own vision of an ideal of the species,” he said after the April competition. Being able to identify ideal traits in livestock is also important because the Ulmer family raises brood cows on their farm in Lodge, and Ulmer and his sister, Paige, raise show pigs and cattle on the side.

Plus, being on a livestock judging team is a family tradition — his father was on the Clemson Livestock Judging Team and that “really influenced my desire to pursue livestock judging and agriculture in general.” And even though he’s shown pigs for a long time, he really enjoys judging cattle, taking the highest individual score at this year’s state competition.

He is the son of Wesley and Karissa Ulmer of Lodge. He is a rising junior at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. He plans to study either animal and veterinary medicine or animal breeding and genetics in college.

 

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