Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 3, 2014

Local 4-H’ers compete in national livestock show

Staff report

— The Georgia Junior National Livestock Show was held recently in Perry. Ten Thomas County 4-H members were among the exhibitors that came from all over the state.

The state hog show featured more than 50 classes of barrows and gilts, and 1,405 hogs were weighed in.

Thomas County 4-H’er Shane Stephenson placed first in his class, was reserve champion in his division and finished third overall with his gilt. He also placed fifth in his class with his barrow.

Others placing from Thomas County include Stone Stephenson, second place; Hope Nelson, fifth place; Allison VanLandingham, first  place; Kaylin Tinsley, second place and fifth place; Brian Odom, fifth place; Tracer Parrish, first place; Hailey Parrish, fifth place and seventh place; and Brentley Odom, honorable mention.

In the state steer show, Thomas County 4-H’er Rayne Gipson won first place in her GCCPA steer class and received second place in her state steer show class.  She also made the cut in fourth-grade showmanship. 

Local 4-H and FFA exhibitors showed their animals again over the weekend at the 2014 Thomas County Livestock Show.  The show featured 4-H’ers and FFA members from Thomas County Central High School, Thomas County Middle School, Thomasville High School, Cross Creek Elementary and Garrison-Pilcher. 

Thomas County 4-H Agent Cindy Wynn stated, “The livestock program is about so much more than just winning a trophy, a plague, a belt buckle or even money.  Without even realizing it, these young exhibitors are developing character traits that will carry them throughout their life.  Regardless of the career they choose, they are developing traits that most employers seek such as; responsibility, discipline, goal-setting, patience, management, math, teamwork, dedication, confidence and, of course, a good work ethic.

“Livestock exhibitors also pick up practical agriculture knowledge and experience, such as quality and yield grades, breed identification, breed characteristics, animal health care, animal behavior, nutrition, marketing, animal husbandry, record-keeping and budget management.  Showing livestock is a lot of work but hard work and perseverance always pay off.  Children who learn life skills through a showing livestock will never forget the pride in a job well done. These are skills that develop children into capable, competent and caring adults as well as being taught desirable attitudes. By helping themselves, children will also learn the importance of helping others.”