Henderson County Youth Livestock Summer Wrap Up
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Now that the Mountain State Fair has come and gone, our 3 main youth livestock projects have wrapped up for the year! The livestock judging team competed at the end of July, the 4H Pullet Project show was in August, and the Dairy Steer project concluded at the beef show at the fair. We are super proud of the youth who participated in each of the projects and wanted to highlight a few special moments from each.
The livestock judging team practiced for 5 months in preparation for the state competition at NC State at the end of July. Practices included learning about 4 species of livestock, sheep, goats, pigs, and cows, and learning what qualities are ideal for each in both market and breeding animals. The kids also competed in quiz bowl, skill-a-thon, and learned how to give a set of reasons justifying why they placed the class of animals the way they did. Public speaking, critical thinking, quick reasoning, relationship building, and teamwork are life skills the youth further develop through livestock judging, in addition to gaining livestock knowledge to in turn be more efficient and profitable producers one day.
Abby Baldwin is involved in Barnyard Bandits 4-H Club and competed at her very first state livestock judging competition this year. She was a great teammate to her peers and placed 4th overall in the state junior division. Congratulations Abby!
Pullet Roundup Project
Henderson and Buncombe Counties 4-H & livestock programs partnered to offer a new opportunity to youth in our area. Not many people in more urban areas have enough space for a large animal but want a livestock experience. We decided to attempt to fill the gap and offer a program with raising chickens. The Pullet roundup started with the youth participants attending 3 separate trainings to learn about brooding, housing, feeding, and taking good care of the soon to arrive chicks. After completing all 3 trainings, each participant received 5 chicks and was responsible for caring and handling them in preparation for the show in August. Area specialized poultry agent Lauren Greene taught a showmanship clinic in June and demonstrated to the kids how to hold, bathe, and transport their chickens. The poultry show was in August and the participants were able to showcase their hard work and knowledge gained in raising their chickens. Some participants chose to continue on and compete at the Mountain State Fair or enter an egg contest with their chickens! McKenna Camp continued on to compete at the Mountain State Fair and won her showmanship class!