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File photo / Sampson IndependentIn a previous livestock show, lamb judge John Tart III talks to competitors about their animal's weight, breed and age.
File photo / Sampson IndependentIn a previous livestock show, lamb judge John Tart III talks to competitors about their animal's weight, breed and age.
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In a few weeks, local youth will show off some of their best heifers, steers and lambs during a long-time Sampson event that teaches as much about responsibility and building relationships as it does about the animals themselves.

The 18th annual Prestage Farms Youth Livestock Round-Up is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Sampson County Livestock Facility, one mile south of Clinton on U.S. Hwy. 421. It’s open to all youth who have not reached their 19th birthday before Jan. 1, 2014.

“We are just so thankful for the support of Prestage Farms,” said Amanda Bradshaw, 4-H extension agent with Sampson’s Cooperative Extension. “We are blessed to have their support and thankful for Prestage’s ability to continue to support us in good economic times and bad. They’ve always stood beside us and that says a great deal for that company and their commitment to our young people.”

The market lamb and ewe show is scheduled for 9 a.m. followed by the heifer and steer show (around 1 p.m.). Showmanship classes will be held during respective shows.

Bradshaw said the Round-Up offers youth myriad lessons, many which start long before the event.

“The life skills they learn from the Round-Up include responsibility, and that doesn’t just happen on Round-Up day,” Bradshaw stressed. “These lessons happen all along as our young people work daily with their animals, taking care of them, feeding them, watering them, training them.”

Those, she said, were vital lessons.

Another aspect of the Round-Up is the building of relationships it allows. “You really have to be here to truly see what I mean, to understand the culture, but these young people develop lasting friendships. These kids love each other, these families love one another … they all become extended family.”

Perhaps just as importantly as those life lessons, Bradshaw pointed out, is one other aspect of the Round-Up that kids take away from the competition. “They learn that everybody doesn’t win all the time, and that it’s OK when they don’t. Competition is good, but the lessons you get from both winning and sometimes not winning are important, too. It’s just another way the Round-Up helps our young people grow.

As part of the Round-Up events, a free ice cream social will be held between the lamb and heifer show.

Registration is due by Wednesday, Aug. 13.

In 2013, youth from Sampson and other eastern North Carolina counties participated in the annual event. During the event, 75 exhibitors showed lambs and heifers. More than 100 lambs and 20 heifers were judged at the show.

For more information, contact the Sampson County Cooperative Extension office at (910) 592-7161. Registration forms are available online at http://sampson.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/4-h-youth-development/

Forms must be sent to Sampson County 4-H, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton, NC 28328.

Market lamb

and ewe show

Saturday, Aug. 23

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. – Animal take-in

9 a.m. – Ewe show, followed by market lamb show


  • The champion and reserve ewes will receive rosettes. In the market classes, there will be a light, middle, and heavy weight champion and reserve chosen to receive rosettes.
  • Grand Champion Market Lamb: Engraved Award
  • Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb: Engraved Award

Cattle show, steers

added for 2014

Saturday, Aug. 23

Animal check-in and steer weigh-in: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Heifer show classes

  • Heifers will be shown by date of birth. A Champion and Reserve Champion Heifer will be named in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories receiving Rosettes.
  • Grand Champion - Engraved Award
  • Reserve Champion - Engraved Award

Steer show classes

  • Steer will show by weight. Steer winners will receive Rosettes.

Showmanship classes will be held at the conclusion of each species.

  • Exhibitors entered in the Cattle and Lamb shows are automatically entered into Showmanship classes.
  • Exhibitor age and class entry will be determined by their age as of Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Classes will be divided into: Junior (ages 9-13), Senior (ages 14-18), and Cloverbuds (ages 8 and under).

Premiums and awards for showmanship classes

  • Champion Cloverbud, Junior, and Senior Showmanship: Engraved Award

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