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August 25, 2006

Youth learn the importance of livestock preparation

Stacy Neal with steer
Lee County 4-H'er Stacy Neal practices techniques for showing her steer in the livestock ring. (Photos courtesy of Tyrone Fisher)

Livestock and 4-H agents from the Piedmont area coordinated a training session for 4-H’ers who exhibit beef cattle, sheep and meat goats. This training is held annually in Sanford, with the help of local cattlemen associations, the Sanford Lions Club and N.C. State University faculty members.

Youth exhibitors received hands-on training on how to prepare their animals before they go into the ring. A hoof-trimming demonstration was given to stress how to get animals to stand properly on all four feet and display the animals’ highlights for the judge.

N.C. State University livestock technician Brent Jennings taught the importance of shearing sheep. He discussed how and when to shear sheep, as well as how to train animals to stand during the show.

Jennings also conducted a practice show so exhibitors would know how to lead and set up their animals for the judge. This will help 4-H’ers perform and excel wherever they go, whether it be a local county fair or the grand finale of the N.C. State Fair.

Extension agents involved in the event were from Lee, Chatham and Moore counties. They included livestock agents Tyrone Fisher, Sam Groce and Randy Wood and 4-H agents Bill Stone and Sarah Hardison.

Brent Jennings shearing sheep
Brent Jennings demonstrates how to sheer a sheep.

-T. Fisher

Posted by Natalie at August 25, 2006 10:07 AM