73rd Annual Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show & Sale Results

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Sedona Sifford

Sedona Sifford   PC: Palmer Family

The 73rd annual Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale was recently held on April 18th & 19th in Hillsborough, NC. The tradition began on April 24, 1946 in Durham. This is the 32nd year that the show will be held at the Central Carolina Holstein Association Barn in Orange Grove. This event is open to 4-H and FFA youth ages 5-18 in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Wake, and Randolph Counties. This year, there were 103 youth showing a total of 200 animals: 20 heifers, 8 feeder steers, 10 market steers, 24 market goats, 43 meat goat does, 10 breeding ewes, 18 market lambs, 43 market hogs, and 8 pens-of-three hogs.

Alamance County had six 4-H members showing 29 animals in this year’s show. Winners from Alamance County include the following. Madison Sifford won Reserve Champion Market Hog, Senior Reserve Champion Swine Showmanship, Grand Champion Pen-of-Three Hogs, Grand Champion Feeder Steer, Reserve Champion Feeder Steer, Reserve Champion Beef Heifer, Senior Grand Champion Beef Showmanship, Grand Champion Market Lamb, Senior Grand Champion Sheep Showmanship, and 1st place project record book for ages 16-18. Salem Sifford won Junior Grand Champion Swine Showmanship, Grand Champion Beef Heifer, Junior Grand Champion Beef Showmanship, Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Junior Grand Champion Sheep Showmanship, Grand Champion Breeding Ewe, Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe, and 1st place project record book for ages 13-15. Aiden Kernodle and Lane Whitfield both exhibited a meat goat doe and placed in their type class. Sedona Sifford exhibited a market hog, beef heifer, market lamb, and breeding ewe as a Cloverbud. Cole Whitfield exhibited a meat goat doe as a Cloverbud. Cloverbud youth are ages 5-8 and show non-competitively.

Salem Sifford

Sedona Sifford

Madison (left) and Salem (right) Sifford

Madison Sifford with her Grand Champion Feeder Steer. PC- Palmer Family

Sedona (left back) and Madison (front) showing their breeding ewes.

Madison Sifford with her Grand Champion Pen-of-Three Hogs. PC- Palmer Family

Salem Sifford with her Grand Champion Breeding Ewe. PC-Palmer Family

Cole Whitfield

Lane Whitfield

Lane Whitfield (front) and Aiden Kernodle (behind Lane) showing their goats.

It takes a lot of community support from civic groups, businesses, and individuals in sponsorship funds to put together an event like this. NC Cooperative Extension Agents and Vocational

Agriculture Teachers work with the youth to give advice on raising and showing animals. Youth show several different types of animals in this show including hogs, sheep, goats, and beef cattle.

The youth participants keep records on their show animals and present a record book for judging as part of the requirements for the show. This show also has a sale component to it where the youth can choose to sell their market (hogs, lambs, goats or steers) show animals concluding the show on the second day. Businesses and individuals bid on the animals to show their support for all the hard work that the youth have put into raising these animals.

Gathering for the community BBQ dinner before the sale.

To learn more about the Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show and Sale and/or 4-H in Alamance County please contact Taylor Jones, 4-H Extension Agent or Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent.