Extension Agent: Junior exhibitors show animals at stock shows around region
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By Brian D. Yanta, Goliad CEA-Ag
This time every year, youth from around the state exhibit their world-class livestock in what we call the Major Stock Shows.
These stock shows include the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, San Antonio Livestock Exposition in San Antonio, San Angelo Stock Show in San Angelo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, and the Star of Texas in Austin.
Professional breeders and ranchers also are eligible to exhibit, competing for top dollars and global recognition in the livestock industry.
But, the spotlight shines on junior exhibitors during competition, where Texas 4-H and FFA members line the arenas with their livestock projects. Exhibitors bring their best stock for evaluation by professional judges.
Their livestock ranges from meat goats, beef cattle and sheep, to breeding poultry and rabbits. More than 100,000 entries will be a part of the competition for the stock show season collectively, all vying for top titles, ribbons, trophies and premiums in the show ring.
All junior livestock entrants must personally groom and raise their animals under the supervision of agricultural science teachers or a county extension agent, and they must be at least in the third grade and from 8 years old to 19 years old to enter.
The pinnacle of the junior livestock competition is the junior market auction program, where buyers pay phenomenal prices for livestock. An exhibitor is guaranteed an excellent price, well above market value, for his or her animal. And all premiums and monies go toward that youth's college scholarship savings.
And, if you don't get a chance to make one of the major livestock shows to see animal projects, don't fret. The Goliad County Fair, March 17-20, has many animals for you to see, with a small town flare.
If you would like more information on showing animals or how to purchase an animal during our Sale of Champions on March 19, which culminates the fair, please contact me.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SAN ANTONIO LIVESTOCK SHOW
Brendon Russell, Goliad FFA, placed 23rd with his turkey project, making the sale at San Antonio.
Keli Miller, Gold Star 4-H, placed fifth with her Shorthorn heifer project at San Antonio.
Tallis Butler, Berclair 4-H, Club placed seventh with her lamb project, making the sale at San Angelo.
OTHER 4-H EXHIBITORS AT SAN ANTONIO LIVESTOCK SHOW
Jadan Butler, Landry and McCalley Cunningham, Dalton and Tuffy Dornburg, Beth Henning, Alex Swize, Carolyn Swize, Kayla Webel and Brooke Yanta.
Brian Yanta is the Goliad County Extension Agent.