2017 Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock Show and Sale a Success

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The Seventy Second Annual Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held on April 25th and 26th in Elizabeth City, NC. Five Currituck County 4-H members participated showing hogs, goats, and one steer. Members received their animals in February and worked hard to train them, care for them and prepare them for market, just as a livestock producer would, in order to participate and compete in the show and sale.

There are a number of benefits gained by participating in youth 4-H Animal Science activities. To list just a few, youth participants learn responsibility, animal care and compassion through their hands on work with the animals over several months. Youth improve their overall self confidence and communication skills by successfully exhibiting their animals in the judged competition. Members learn decision-making skills, financial management, and record keeping through managing the short term business aspects of the project and participating in the sale.

Jessica Lowry, mother of three of the participants, spoke about the amount of responsibility her three girls have gained by participating in this show. She added, “they have an understanding of how much things cost and why record keeping is so important.” She emphasized the importance of this project noting that, “my husband grew up showing livestock and this is an activity we wanted to pass down to our children because of the many skills they will learn and the fun we will have as a family.”

Participants gain income by selling their project animals and earn medals, ribbons, and trophies as awards for successful participation. The five Currituck County 4-H members that participated in this years show were Taylor Lowry, Tess Lowry, Lilly Lowry, Taylor Morgan and Caleb Minton. These youth earned a total of $7013.10 from the auction and sale of their animals. Local businesses and civic groups contributed to awards and bids which go directly to participants. Businesses purchasing animals from Currituck County included SunEnergy1, Stallings and Stallings Farm, Roberts Brothers Farm, Camden Farm Bureau, C & W Grading, Albemarle Farm & Garden and Albemarle Septic. Local groups that donated awards included Currituck Farm Bureau, Itsa Boutsa Pizza, J.I. Hayman & Sons Building Supplies, Currituck BBQ Company, Currituck County Extension Master Gardeners, and Coinjock Ruritan Club.

If you are interested in learning more about the many animal science projects 4-H has to offer please contact the Currituck County 4-H office at 232-2262.

child with their steer

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