Currituck County 4-H had five youth participate in the Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on April 25th and 26th. All five of these participants were new to this program or showed a different animal for the first time.
Taylor Morgan placed 1st in her market class and was 4th in showmanship with her hog. Taylor also did an outstanding job with her lamb, placing second in her market class and 4th in showmanship.
Karleigh Meads showed a goat, and was one of our first timers in the Livestock Show and Sale, but you would never have known that watching her in the show ring. Karleigh was Reserve Champion in her Junior Showmanship class and 3rd in her market class.
Sophia Haislop showed a lamb and a heifer and was also one of our first time participants. She was selected to be in the Leap for Sheep program, which gives youth who have never participated in livestock shows the opportunity to show a lamb. There is an application process and only ten youth from the eastern portion of the state are selected to be in this program. Sophia did an outstanding job, receiving Reserve Champion in Lamb Junior Showmanship, and third in her market class. Sophia was also Grand Champion in Heifer Junior Showmanship.
Jacob Plum was also new to the livestock program. Although he did not place in his showmanship or market class, he did an outstanding job. He said he learned a lot and may give it another try next year.
Ella Carroll showed a heifer and a hog. Ella did not place in the top of any of her classes but she had a lot of fun and learned so much from participating in the livestock show. She is graduating from Currituck County High School this June and her plans for the future are to become a vet tech.
Participating in 4-H animal science projects are a great way for youth to gain knowledge and skills in animal care, health and nutrition, breeding and genetics. More importantly, youth learn compassion and responsibility for living things, perseverance, decision making, effective communication and record keeping skills all while having fun.
If you are interested in learning more about the Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock Show and Sale, or the Currituck County 4-H Program please contact Stephanie Minton via email email@example.com or by calling the office at 252-232-2262.