GREENSBORO, N.C.–Recently, the annual 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit Awards Banquet was held where Area County youth 4-H Livestock participants were recognized for their outstanding showmanship accomplishments. The Circuit Livestock Shows were held in: Anson, Chatham, Cumberland, Guilford, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Stanly, and Union counties where this year youth from 19 North Carolina Counties competed and earned points. The circuit then recognizes & awards the best show individuals in each livestock species based on a points system.
Youth compete in Showmanship and Confirmation classes at each show. Showmanship classes are designed to gauge the 4-H’ers knowledge, skill with the animal, and while Confirmation classes are all about the animal itself. In showmanship, 4-H’ers can be asked questions about their animals and how they are cared for while presenting the animal to the best of their ability for the judge.
A large class of Cloverbuds (5 – 8 year olds) with their goats. (photo provided)
To compete in the
– Lamb division – a participant must compete in a minimum of 3 of the possible 7 County shows
– Meat Goat Division, a participant must compete in a minimum of 5 of the possible 11 County shows
– Beef heifer division, a participant must compete in a minimum of 4 of the 11 possible County shows
The Guilford and Rockingham County Youth that were recognized for their Showmanship Achievements in the 2017 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit were:
Thomas Smith (Guilford County) – 1st Place – Senior Heifer (Youth Ages 14-18 years old)
Susanna Dean (Guilford County) – 2nd Place – Junior Lamb (Youth Ages 9-10 years old)
Noah Beeson (Guilford County) – 1st Place – Intermediate Lamb (Youth Ages 11-13 years old)
Lydia Dean (Guilford County) – 2nd Place – Intermediate Lamb (Youth Ages 11-13 years old)
McKenzie Beeson (Guilford County) – 1st Place – Senior Lamb (Youth Ages 14-18 years old)
Noah Beeson (Guilford County) – Most Improved Lamb Showman
Addison Farris (Rockingham County) – 1st Place – Junior Lamb (Youth Ages 9-10 years old)
Addison Farris (Rockingham County) – 3rd Place – Junior Goat (Youth Ages 9-10 years old)
Eve Agee (Rockingham County) – 5th Place – Intermediate Goat (Youth Ages 11-13 years old)
Eve Agee (Rockingham County) – Most Improved Goat Showman
What these youth learn from showing livestock is only the beginning. They learn leadership skills, animal husbandry, record keeping, self-esteem, and responsibility to name a few. They make friends for life across the state and learn how to communicate with adults and other youth. The future of agriculture lies in our youth, as they are the future farmers, doctors, teachers and agricultural advocates in our community.
We want to recognize all the youth that participated in all these Livestock Shows this year and to the award winning youth and their Showmanship Skills & Accomplishments. We would also like to send a big thank you to our sponsors: Guilford County Farm Bureau, Guilford County Cattleman’s Association for sponsorship of the Guilford County Show and Farm Credit for the Showmanship Circuit Sponsorship and to all the parents, friends and family of the showmen who supported these youth and Livestock Shows!
—Ben Chase, NC State Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center
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