2018-04-11 / School News

Burke students attend Georgia Junior National Livestock Show & Rodeo

Meridith Franks
County Extension Agent

Youth livestock projects have played an active role in the success of our local students for several years. The purpose of organization likes 4-H and FFA are to develop leadership, life skills and citizenship for its members. Students who exhibit youth livestock projects also develop social skills, good character, work ethic and responsibility. The culmination of months of hard work and practice payed off for Burke students at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in Perry. This four-day event is the state livestock show for 4-H and FFA students, which was held February 21-24, 2018.

Fourteen youth representing Burke County 4-H and FFA participated in the event with four species: dairy heifers, breeding ewes, breeding does, and market hogs. Participants with dairy heifers include: Keshon Winns, Trent Reddick, Ashlyn Reddick, Jiles Coble, Sydney Coble, Mary Helen Coble, Anna Coble, Mally Flowers, Murray Liz Flowers, Jackson Strickland, Jessi Lynn Strickland, Abby Joyner, and Holt Sapp. These exhibitors showed 20 dairy heifers total. Baylor Redd exhibited two swine projects including a market barrow as well as a market gilt. While Holt Sapp, Sara Morgan Sapp, and Abby Joyner exhibited breeding does, Keshon Winns, Trent Reddick, Ashlyn Reddick, Sydney Coble, and Audrey Kyzer exhibited breeding ewes.

Each of the kids excelled in their classes with numerous accomplishments and awards, representing Burke County well. We are very proud of our students for giving their time and dedication to their spring livestock projects. The summer show season is almost upon us with lambs and goats kicking off their show seasons in June. If anyone would like to know more about livestock projects or any programs that Extension and 4-H offers, please contact the Burke County Extension Office at 706-554-2119 or uge3033@uga.edu.

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