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Youngsters excel at Livestock Show

MURFREESBORO – The 4-H Club’s creed is “Learn by doing.”

4-Hers from Hertford and Northampton counties exhibited knowledge and skill by showing their animals at the 26th annual 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on June 11.

The 4-Hers, ranging, in age from 5 to 18, showed lambs, goats, steers and hogs.

Martha Mobley, the agricultural extension agent from Franklin County, was the judge.

Gabrielle Harris showed the Class 1 lightweight lamb first place winner.  Ashley Harris showed the second place winner. 

Lindsey Bryant put the Class 2 middleweight first place lamb on display.  Elizabeth Vann showed the class 2, second place lamb. 

Gabrielle Harris showed the Grand Champion lamb and Jesse E. Vaughan Farms and Producers’ Gin bought it for $600 at the auction.

The Reserve Champion lamb was displayed by Lindsey Bryant and Northampton County Farm Bureau, Boone Farm Supply and Gay Implement bought it for $450.

Ashley Harris won first place in the senior division for lamb showmanship.  Elizabeth Vann captured top honors in the junior division.

John Thomas Taylor showed the Class 1 lightweight first place goat, with Sierra Jernigan showing the second place goat.

Ryan Daughtry had the Class 2 middleweight first place goat.  Megan Ward showed the Class 2 second place goat. 

Ashley Ricks’ goat won Class 3 heavyweight first place, while Mallory Ward placed her goat in second.

Ashley Ricks had the Grand Champion goat and Metal Tech and Murfreesboro Farms bought it for $600 at the auction.

Ryan Daughtry showed the Reserve Champion goat and Rich and Rich Auction purchased it for $500.

Ashley Ricks won first place in goat showmanship, senior division.  Hannah Roye won first place in the junior division and Sierra Jernigan placed first in the junior novice showmanship category.

Jimmy Baker showed the Grand Champion steer and Larabee Chiropractic purchased it for $1,400.

Thomas Chamblee had the Reserve Champion steer and Hertford County Farm Bureau and Taylor’s Peanuts bought it for $1,300.

Jimmy Baker won first place in steer showmanship.

Jennifer Sykes showed the Class 1 lightweight, first place hog with Kelly Sykes showing in second place. 

Kelly Sykes put the Class 2 middleweight, first place hog on display.  Jennifer Sykes showed the second place hog.

Thomas Chamblee’s hogs placed first and second in the Class 3 heavyweight division.

Kelly Sykes showed the Grand Champion hog and Murfreesboro Farms and Metal Tech bought it for $825.

Jennifer Sykes showed the Reserve Champion hog and Gay Implement Company, Boone Farm Supply, Northampton County Farm Bureau and Farmers’ Peanut purchased it at the auction for $700.

Jennifer Sykes won first place in the hog showmanship senior category. Bethany Martin placed first in the junior novice division.

Parker Phillips, from Battleboro, was the auctioneer.

The goats raised a total amount of $6,550 at the auction; the steers generated $3,900, the lambs netted $6,375 and the hogs raised $4,775.

The 4-Hers receive 100 percent of the money they earn from their livestock projects.

Jimmy and Jay Baker, the sons of Joey and Danielle Baker of Rich Square; Parker Brown, the son of Johnny and Joella Brown of Jackson; and Ashley Harris, the daughter of Greg and Evangeline Harris of Conway, received the Bill Bridgers 4-H scholarship.

“The livestock show benefits youth and their families and it gives parents and activity they can do with their kids,” said Heather Odom, the livestock agent in Northampton County. “The 4-Hers learn responsibility, time, money management and they learn about the livestock industry.”

“One lesson I think is often overlooked is that of giving; this show would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and buyers,” she added.

“These individuals and businesses donate money in recognition of the hard work of the participants and expect nothing but a thank-you in return,” said Odom. “This lesson is demonstrated by the show participants who are bidding and buying items in the auction.”