4-H and FFA Livestock showteam members from Decatur, Mitchell, Seminole, and Grady counties participated in the 2015 Fall Festival and Fair Market Hog and Breeding Gilt Show followed by the Steer and Heifer Cattle Show on October 13, 2015. The shows are sponsored by the Bainbridge/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.
Victoria Hill from Mitchell County judged the 2015 Market Hog/Breeding Gilt Show and the Steer/Heifer Cattle Show. Ms. Hill is currently an Ag Advisor for Baconton Charter School located in Mitchell County.
The evening began with novice showmanship for 1st through 3rd grade Swine exhibitors. Winning 1st place was Preston Lynn, ranking 2nd was Jake Barber and, 3rd place honors went to Olivia Griner.
Winning junior swine showmanship for exhibitors in 4th through 6th grades was Blake Fagan. Brannon Parker placed 2nd. 3rd place honors went to Tanner Norton, placing 4th was Carson Lynn, and 5th place went to Bo Holton.
Intermediate swine showmanship champion for grades 7th through 9th went to Asher Childs. 2nd place honors went to Taylor Barber. Winning 3rd place went to Annamarie Hall and placing 4th was Lelia Wolfe.
Senior Swine Showmanship (10th-12th grade) champion was Kelsie Norton while Heath Parker placed 2nd.
The Grand champion commercial gilt was exhibited by Kelsie Norton. Carson Lynn exhibited the Reserve champion commercial gilt. Placing 3rd in the commercial gilt class was Lelia Wolfe.
Asher Childs exhibited the Grand Champion registered gilt and Brannon Parker exhibited the Reserve Champion registered gilt.
Bay Holton won class 8 market hogs (224 – 255 lbs.). Second place honors went to Blake Fagan. Placing 3rd was Annamarie Hall, 4th place went to Jake Barber, Olivia Griner placed 5th, placing 6th was Annamarie Hall, and Preston Lynn Placed 7th.
Hogs weighing between 258 – 287 lbs. were shown in the class 9 market hogs division. Carson Lynn won this class while Tanner Norton placed 2nd, Asher Childs ranked 3rd, Taylor Barber placed 4th, Bo Holton placed 5th, placing 6th was Heath Parker, and 7th place went to Preston Lynn.
Carson Lynn of Decatur County exhibited the Grand Champion Market Hog and Tanner Norton of Grady County exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Hog.
Following the Market Hog and Breeding Gilt Show the Cattle Intermediate showmanship (4th-6th grade) began with Trace Lamberth winning 1st place. Elizabeth Ausley placed 2nd, placing 3rd was Addison Cook, and receiving 4th place honors was Ansley Cook.
Winning junior cattle showmanship for grades 7th through 9th was Lexie Delbrey followed by Taylor Barber placing 2nd. Jacey Cox received 3rd place, 4th place went to John Dean Daniels, and placing 5th was Parker Ausley.
Starting off senior cattle showmanship (10th-12th grade) Presley Manley won 1st place. Carlton Lynn placed 2nd and placing 3rd was Heather Marshall.
Taylor Barber won Grand Champion Commercial Heifer while Carlton Lynn exhibited the Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer.
The Grand Champion Registered Heifer was exhibited by Lexie Delbrey and Ansley Cook had the Reserve Champion Registered Heifer.
Winning the 1st class of Steers was Trace Lamberth while Taylor Barber received 2nd. Parker Ausley placed 3rd and John Dean Daniels received 4th place honors.
Presley Manley won the second class of steers. Placing 2nd was Carlton Lynn and 3rd place went to Heather Marshall.
Winning Grand Champion Steer from Decatur County was Presley Manley. Trace Lamberth from Mitchell County had the Reserve Champion Steer.
Congratulations to each of these students for their diligence and industriousness. Youth involved in the livestock program are challenged with real-life issues as they learn responsibility through raising, showing and judging livestock. Livestock projects give students the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.
The 4-H program is the youth program of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information, call the UGA Cooperative Extension Service at (229) 248-3033, or visit Georgia 4-H on the web at www.georgia4h.org.
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