The Youth Livestock Roundup will begin at 8 a.m. at the Sampson County Livestock Facility. Sponsored by Prestage Farms, Inc., the livestock roundup is a cooperative effort of Sampson County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Sampson County 4-H program.
According to 4-H youth development extension agent DeLeon Wilks, three species will be shown at the event — goats/market kids, market lambs and beef heifers. Some classes are for market (meat purposes) and based on the animal’s weight. Heifers are judged for reproductive purposes.
Additionally, there will be showman classes by age group which focus on the child’s ability to show, Wilks continued. Showmanship involves the child’s dress, grooming of the animal, knowledge of animal science specific to the species shown and eye contact with judges.
Part of the Cape Fear Farm Credit Sandhills Show Circuit, participants must attend at least four out of the eight or nine events held throughout the state to qualify to go to the state fair, Wilks noted. Sampson County’s show is the “kickoff show,” he added, the first for the fall show season.
“Specifically, since Sampson County does not have a fair, Prestage is generous enough to sponsor this show for us so kids can show ... It culminates at the state fair,” commented Wilks.
The event is open to any children in North Carolina from age three to 18 or 19, Wilks pointed out. Children must have an animal to participate, but anyone is able to come watch, he added.
Wilks expects 60 to 70 participants this year, about 15 local youngsters and others from the southeast and south-central parts of the state. On average, 60 to 80 goats are usually shown and 70 to 80 sheep. Cattle numbers have dwindled in the past few years, he mentioned, but will also be part of the roundup. Youngsters interested in signing up to participate in the event can do so by visiting the 4-H web site, www.sc4H.org.
“Everybody is welcome to come see a livestock show in Sampson County,” Wilks concluded.
For more information about Prestage Farms Youth Livestock Roundup, call 910-592-7161 or visit www.sc4H.org.
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