Advocate editorial board opinion: Attend livestock shows in region; support our youth
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 21, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 20, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.
Livestock shows and their accompanying county fairs abound this time of year. And that's not a big surprise considering agriculture is predominant in our region.
We encourage you to attend as many livestock shows as possible to support our youth.
Livestock shows will be popping up in the weeks to come as spring arrives. These events are extremely important to all involved because they represent lots of patience, responsibility and hard work.
We urge those curious about the animals and goings on to attend the stock shows because they are good family fun, entertaining and a spectacle worth waiting to see each year.
Behind the scenes where all those excellent animals are shown is a lot of arduous work. Youth learn to feed, groom and show a large variety of animals, oftentimes for more than a year. The preparation for a livestock show requires responsibility and ethics, or what is right or wrong in growing these animals. And parents interact with their children to teach self-discipline.
According to Journal of Extension, www.joe.org, and J.L. Goodwin, ethical questions about raising livestock can include, "Does the practice violate Food and Drug Administration Law?" "Is the practice fraudulent misrepresentation of the animal?" "Does the practice compromise the welfare of the animal?" and "Does the practice relate to real world agriculture?"
Adhering to ethical practices serves to round out character and teach morals.
Livestock shows also educate and prepare those competing for the business world.
Of course, other educational skills and crafts are prominent during these livestock shows and fairs: quilting, canning, food preparation, and the list goes on. And entertainment for all age groups, such as carnivals, accompanies these yearly events.
And let's not forget that just seeing the animals is a marvel to behold.
So why do thousands of people attend livestock shows? The answer is because it is good family entertainment, fun and supportive of our youth.
We hope all the people in our region - Yoakum, Moulton, Norheim, Hallettsville, Yorktown, Hope, Cuero, Shiner, Refugio County, Goliad County, Wharton County, Victoria and many more - attend and enjoy these cultural, fun events.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.