Alamance County Youth Compete at Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show

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The 78th annual Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale was recently held on April 9th and 10th in Hillsborough, NC. The tradition began on April 24, 1946, in Durham. This is the 36th year the show was 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, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, and Wake Counties.

Alamance County had seven 4-H members showing 11 animals in this year’s show. One of those 4-H members were showing for the first time. Winners from Alamance County include the following. Caleb Schmid exhibited a market hog winning Junior (ages 8-10) Showmanship Champion and 3rd place in his market hog type class. Corey Schmid exhibited a market hog winning Junior Showmanship Reserve Champion and 4th place in his market hog type class. David Schmid exhibited a market hog as a Cloverbud. Cloverbud youth are ages 5-7 and show non-competitively.

Elaina LaRusso exhibited two breeding ewes and placed 1st and 2nd in type classes. Elaina also placed 2nd in the 4-H 11–12-year-old project record book category. Madelyn LaRusso exhibited two breeding ewes and placed 5th in intermediate showmanship and 1st and 2nd place in type classes.

Boy showing pig

Caleb Schmid

Boy showing pig

Corey Schmid

Boy showing pig

David Schmid

Girls showing sheep

Elaina and Madelyn LaRusso

Hutch Robertson exhibited a meat goat doe and a market goat. He placed 2nd in the market goat type class. Sage Robertson exhibited two meat goat does and a market goat. She placed 3rd in the senior showmanship class. She also placed 2nd and 5th in meat goat doe type classes and 1st in the market goat type class.

Boy showing goat

Hutch Robertson

Girl showing goat

Sage Robertson

There are also several special honor awards given out each year after the show. One of the awards is called the Rob Hogan Leadership and Stewardship Award. The award’s purpose is to recognize a youth livestock exhibitor that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, environmental conservation, and animal welfare. The recipient will have gone above and beyond to learn about new livestock husbandry techniques and implement them into their livestock project. The selected youth will exhibit creativity and a commitment to learning. The youth should also be an active member of FFA and/or 4-H and have been or currently be involved in leadership development roles and/or activities within these organizations. We are excited to announce that Elaina LaRusso won this special award this year!

It takes a lot of community support from civic groups, businesses, and individuals in sponsorship funds to put together an event like this. N.C. Cooperative Extension agents and vocational agriculture teachers work with the youth to advise on raising and showing animals. Youth show several different types of animals in this event, including hogs, sheep, goats, and beef cattle.

To learn more about the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale and/or 4-H in Alamance County, please contact Sarah Maddry, 4-H Extension Agent or Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent. You can also learn more by visiting our website:

Facebook page and the show website.