The tradition of youths competing and showing off some of the best looking heifer and lambs will continue this summer.
Prestage Farms’ Youth Livestock Round-Up is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Sampson County Livestock Facility, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton. The 21st annual event associated with 4-H is open to youths who have not reached their 19th birthday before Jan. 1, 2017.
Sampson County Extension Director Eileen Coite has attended many shows and is looking forward to the one this year. She said it develops character traits such as leadership.
“It teaches them the responsibility of taking care of that animal and sportsmanship,” she said. “You see a real bonding of the kids. There’s a lot friendships that are build.”
The upcoming Sampson County show is one of many part of the regional circuit. Participants travel to different competitions to earn showmanship points. Shows will continue through September. Awards will be given out at the North Carolina State Fair, set for Oct. 12 – Oct. 22, in Raleigh.
“It draws young people from all over eastern North Carolina,” Coite said.
Coite also thanked Prestage Farms for their continual support of the show.
“We’re very appreciative of Prestage, they have supported this show for many years,” Coite said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”
Weigh-in for lambs begins at 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. followed by heifers at 11:30 a.m. to noon. The lamb show will begin at 9 a.m. and the heifer portion is set for 1 p.m. Health papers are not required and animals will be examined during the event. Sick animals will not be accepted.
Showmanship classes will be held at respective shows. Each year about 40 lambs and 30 to 40 heifers are usually trotted around the arena. A variety of awards will be given during the show for different age ranges. For the lambs classes will be divided by Novice (5-8), Junior (9-13), Senior (14-19). Heifers is divided by Novice (5-8), Junior(9-13), Intermediate (12-14),and Senior (14-18).
Paul Gonzalez, extension agent for livestock, said participants learn how to follow through with commitments.
“They have to get these animals to work with them on a daily basis to prepare them for the shows,” he said. “They have to dedicate their time and energy for the shows.”
He also expressed how the event is a union of friends who share a common interest during the competition.
“In the end, they may get a few bragging rights,” Gonzalez said while referring to the spirit of competition.
A registration deadline is not set, but interested youths are encouraged to register before the event for preparation purposes.
For more information contact, contact the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-592-7161. Registration forms, rules and additional regulations are available online at https://goo.gl/YZtwJq
Send registration to: Sampson County 4-H, Attn: Paul Gonzalez, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton, NC 28328.