Sampson 4-H forming livestock group

By: By Chase Jordan -

Sampson County’s 4-H program are looking for youths with a fondness cows, chickens, ducks or other livestock seen on farms.

Leaders from the organization are forming the Sampson County 4-H Livestock Group Experience with livestock is not required to participate. Elizabeth Merrill, 4-H program assistant, said the program is a good opportunity for youths to learn responsibility, record keeping and stress managements.

“The kids learn a lot about not only the the 4-H livestock program, but they develop leadership and citizenship as well by being involved in these projects,” Merrill said.

Although a variety of opportunities and activities are available through 4-H, Merrill also expressed how the livestock program has roots in North Carolina’s 4-H program. Youths throughout Sampson County are continuing that tradition.

“We have kids who are involved in all aspects, whether it be showing or contests,” she said. “We do have opportunities for those youths that have interest in livestock who may not have an opportunity to own an animal at home.”

Events such as livestock judging and Skillathon will give participants a chance to show off different animals.

“It’s an opportunity for youths to learn what a farmer is looking for in an animal that they’re about to send to market,” Merrill said.

This effort comes with learning about equipment and needs such as food, breeds and nutrition of livestock.

Sampson County’s 4-H program is associated with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Several programs and activities are held during the year. One of the upcoming program is the Sampson County 4-H Teen Council at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at the Livestock Facility, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton. The deadline to RSVP is Aug.11.

Merrill said the organization is considering an August date to have a meeting for the Sampson County 4-H Livestock Group.

For more information about 4-H activities, contact Merrill at 910-592-7161 or 919-738-7516. She may also be reached by email at

Local youths participate in a livestock event hosted by the Sampson County Cooperative Extension. youths participate in a livestock event hosted by the Sampson County Cooperative Extension.

By Chase Jordan