2013 Meat Animal Show and Sale a Huge Success!
The 2013 Eastern Carolina 4-H Meat Animal Show and Sale (MASS) was a huge success for Halifax County 4-Hers! Jordan Strickland won Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Casey Hux won Senior Division Hog Showmanship Champion, Zachary Keeter won Junior Division Meat Goat Showmanship Champion. The Senior Livestock Judging team won second place in their division and team member Haley Duncan won top individual for Senior Meat Goat Judging. I wish I had the space to list all of the awards Halifax County 4-Hers received, but there are just too many. However, success means many things in 4-H. Even if youth never received a ribbon for their efforts, they still succeeded.
Success for these youth means learning the responsibility to care for an animal – no matter what the circumstances or how long the project. Whether they are raising hogs, steers, lambs, or goats, youth learn how to feed, water, train and groom the animals for show. Learning how to shear or clip an animal’s wool or hair, trim hooves, and bathe an animal is quite a feat. Steers weigh between 1,000 and 1,350 pounds. Have you ever thought of giving one a bath? Even the much-smaller sheep and goats can be a handful when faced with running water and suds.
Leadership and teamwork are additional characteristics of this project. Just because one or two 4-Hers are finished in the show ring doesn’t mean they sit back and watch the rest. They actively seek out others to see how they can help. 4-Hers may be competing against each other in the show ring, but they learn the value of working together to achieve their goals. It’s exciting to watch as one group of 4-Hers leave the show ring and meet the group that is waiting to enter. There are hugs of congratulations and words of encouragement as 4-Hers share their triumphs and frustrations with each other. In my mind, if they have learned these lessons of responsibility, leadership, and teamwork, then they have had the greatest success they can achieve. Congratulations to all of the 2013 Halifax County MASS participants!