Junior Livestock Show concludes
By Robin Scott
The County and Bi-County Junior Livestock Show held last week from January 20th through the 23rd was filled with steers, heifers, goats, swine, rabbits and lambs at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. The young exhibitors showed their best animals and earned quite a reward as well.
Always a fun part of the competition are the various swine. Swine this year included Berkshire, Chester, Duroc, Hemp, Spot/Poland, and Cross. What’s cuter than a lamb? Mary had one that was as white as snow, and those shown during the County and Bi-County Junior Livestock Show were equally adorable. Lambs this year included fine wool and medium wool. More than thirty youngsters showed goats. Heifers included English and Cross as did the Steers category.
Rita Blanca Coliseum quickly ran out of parking for the four-day event. Anyone driving on Highway 281 near the Coliseum may have thought they had just passed Old MacDonald’s Farm.
The end of the annual County and Bi-County Junior Livestock Show gives the 4-H and FFA students only a moment to relax and breath easy. Work for the upcoming show begins by the following Monday morning when the animals’ routine begs for continued attention.
The show provides the 4-H and FFA members an opportunity to exhibit their livestock before their peers, judges and the public. The event promotes the incentive for achieving excellence in livestock production skills and practices. The achievements by each student and his or her participation in the show also encourages sportsmanship, responsibility and leads to good leadership skills.
Beginning on Friday, January 29th, the Dalhart Texan will begin publishing the names of the participants, events and winners. Photos will also appear in the upcoming editions of the Dalhart Texan. If the Livestock Show was missed, the upcoming information and photos will provide a glimpse into all that went into the event.
The young exhibitors proved themselves worthy of recognition for their efforts in showing and selling their animals. The perseverance of the students is a life lesson that they benefit from and that others should strive to emulate.