Youth livestock projects have played an active role in the success of our local students for several years. The purpose of organizations like 4-H 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 23-26, 2022.
Nine youth representing Burke County 4-H participated in shows throughout the winter months to prepare for the state show. The Burke County 4-H Show Team is currently comprised of two species for the winter season: dairy heifers and breeding ewes. Participants with dairy heifers include: Jiles Coble, Sydney Coble, Liam Edenfield, Abby Joyner, Erin Rivers, Holt Sapp, Sara Morgan Sapp and Emree Williams. These exhibitors showed 27 dairy heifers total. The group had 3rd place County Group of Five. Cole Edenfield also exhibited 2 breeding ewes to finish out the weekend.
Seven youth submitted record books for their dairy projects and placed in the top five for their age group. Holt Sapp placed 1st, Sydney Coble placed 2nd, Jiles Coble placed 3rd and Erin Rivers placed 5th in the senior division, while Liam Edenfield placed 1st, Sara Morgan Sapp placed 2nd, and Emree Williams placed 4th in the junior division.
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. If you would like more information about exhibiting a livestock project in the fall, please contact the Burke County Extension Office at 706-554-2119.