The 66th Annual 4-H/FFA Fredericksburg Area Junior Livestock Show and Sale took place last week at the Fredericksburg Livestock Exchange. Three Westmorland students took first out of 70 4-H’ers from nine surrounding counties (Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King George, Lancaster, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland) who participated. Morgan Minor of Westmoreland County was named both Market Hogs Reserve Champion Single and Goats Herdsman. Charles Johnson of Westmoreland was named Market Steer Reserve Champion. Morgan Minor also won the Hog Sweepstakes Silver Tray Award. The Silver Tray for the Hog Sweepstakes Award is sponsored by the Virginia Pork Industry Association. Morgan was selected by the total number of points accumulated in the show for placings in the single and pen classes, in addition to the showing and fitting classes. The show had 38 market hog entries, 29 beef entries, 15 market lamb entries, and 23 market goat entries.
The Herdsman Award Trophies are sponsored by the Fredericksburg Livestock Exchange. The award is based on points in the following categories: attitude towards other exhibitors and animals; ability in the show ring; appearance of the exhibitor, animal and stall area. The points for each of the categories are totaled, and the 4-H’er with the highest total number of points receives the engraved trophy.
From the standpoint of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the 2013 Show and Sale is the highlight of an educational process by the exhibitors “learning by doing” with their livestock projects.
Throughout the day of the Show and Sale, there are many volunteers who contribute their time to make the activities and events runs smoothly. On behalf of everyone involved, the 4-H offers a special “thank you” to all the volunteers, parents, Extension personnel, and business supporters, saying, “We appreciate the support you extend to our 4-H youth.”