The recent Richmond County 4-H Livestock Show attracted youth from seven of the neighboring circuit counties, including Anson, Guilford, Hoke, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly. A total of 48 4-H’ers brought more than 80 Boer goats to DeWitt Farms in Ellerbe.
The Richmond County 4-H Livestock Club really showed their stuff by competing strongly in every event. Richmond County 4-H’ers took home several of the major awards of the show.
The club members competing in the Farm Credit 4-H Showmanship Circuit were: Coleman Berry, Braxton Butler, Kane Butler, Kayla Butler, Jordan Carroll, Alex Chappell, Madelyn Chappell, Savannah Chappell, Taylor Chappell, Tyler Gerald, Zachary Gerald, Abigail Hamilton, Brianna Hamilton, Garrett Hamilton, Tobey Lunceford, Eli Maske, Sarah Maske, DeLani Reep, Kristi Reep, Savannah Shepard, Payton Smith, Marissa Sweet, and Faith Thompson. According to 4-H Livestock Extension Agent Laura Grier, everyone in the club did a fantastic job and is looking forward to the rest of the show season.
Madelyn Chappell was first in the Senior Showmanship Class. Abigail Hamilton was the Intermediate 11-13 Showmanship Class winner, while Coleman Berry came in 2nd. Taylor Chappell won first in the Junior 9-10 Showmanship Class. The Showmanship classes are designed to gauge the 4-H’ers knowledge, skill with the animal, and hard work. 4-H’ers can be asked questions about their animals and how they are cared for while presenting the animal to the best of their ability for the judge.
Madelyn Chappell showed the Grand Champion Doe and Jordan Carroll showed the Reserve Champion Doe. Does are females who will be bred and will continue production on the farm. Does are judged on their frame and structure based on how they would carry the extra weight of being pregnant and the stress of milking.
Wethers (castrated male goats) are judged on the total marketability of the animal. Jordan Carroll showed the Champion Market Wether.
Richmond County’s 4-H Livestock Club extended thanks to the Richmond County 4-H Livestock Show Sponsors who made the show possible: Richmond County Farm Bureau, Inc., Richmond County United Way, Iron Horse Auction Co., E.E. Vuncannon, Inc., Rockingham Farm Supply, Jack & Mary Webb, Dale and Melanie DeWitt, King’s Septic Tank Pumping & Port-A-John, Witherspoon Heating & Cooling Inc., Maness Tire & Recapping Inc., BB&T, Medical Center Pharmacy, Pee Dee Electric, Steve & Shelia Webb, John & Velma McInnis, Glenda & Clifton Stutts, Jr., The Berry Patch, Hamlet Hardware, Dr. Marshall Brown, Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Hawks Builders, Inc., Big K LP Gas, Fred & Helen Simmons, Swink Quality Oil & Gas Co., Rick & Al’s Carwash, Dieffenbach Super Store, Cooley Veterinary, The Webb Farm, Hayden Construction, Ellerbe Heating & Air, Ellerbe Pharmacy, Jacobs Auto Sales, Mabry Drug & Home Care, Edwards Jones Investments, Carol Woodward, Rockingham Hardware, Carter Farms, Affordable Insurance, Rankin Museum, The Brewer Group, Dr. Leonard H. Haltiwanger, Helms Jewelers, Bobby’s Furniture, TRG Sign Company, DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports, Hudson Paving, Rex’s Floor Covering, Jenkins Auto & Supply, Robinsons Auto Diesel Shop, Dance Sensations & Gymnastics, R. Kevin Aiken, McNeil Surveying & Land Planning, Dairy Queen, Bo’s Pawn, Beverly & Ronald McFayden, Donnie Richardson, R.W. Goodman Co., Hillside Florist, Pat’s Kitchen. A “special thank you” went out to Donnie Richardson and Ricky DeWitt of Richmond County Farm Bureau for awarding plaques and ribbons.
For more information about 4-H Livestock, contact Laura Grier, 4-H Extension Agent, or Tiffanee Conrad, Livestock Extension Agent at 997-8255 or visit the 4-H Facebook page www.facebook.com/richmondcounty4h.