Utah State Ju­nior Live­stock Show set in Span­ish Fork

Serve Daily - - LIFE EVENTS - By Kaylee Lid­di­ard

Five hun­dred and forty 4-H and FFA youth from through­out the state of Utah will be at the Span­ish Fork Fair­grounds May 4-7 for the 92nd An­nual Utah State Ju­nior Live­stock Show. The youth will ex­hibit the hog, sheep and beef projects that they have been work­ing with for the past few months.

Youth have been spend­ing count­less hours in prepa­ra­tion. They spend time feed­ing, groom­ing, walk­ing and train­ing their projects to be able to show them off. A judge will select the top 12 an­i­mals in the mar­ket and breed­ing di­vi­sions, with the top an­i­mal be­ing named Grand Cham­pion. In ad­di­tion, the youth will com­pete in the Show­man­ship divi­sion where their skills are judged and a cham­pion in each age divi­sion selected. More than $4,000 in awards will be given to those who ex­cel.

The live­stock pro­gram is a great way to teach youth to de­velop re­spon­si­bil­ity, gain knowl­edge and skills in the live­stock in­dus­try, make man­age­ment de­ci­sions and be­come con­tribut­ing mem­bers of so­ci­ety. Many of the youth have gained life­long friends and con­tacts through­out the state.

Mal­lory Sorensen, who will be ex­hibit­ing a hog, steer, heifer and bull at the show, feels that the she has gained a lot through the pro­gram. “I have had to learn bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to talk to the judge and those around me. I like show­ing be­cause it’s some­thing my fam­ily can do to­gether,” she said.

Other youth like Amanda Olsen like the re­spon­si­bil­ity it teaches them. She said, “I’ve gained the knowl­edge of how to work hard. I show be­cause of the ex­pe­ri­ences it has given me to make new friends, be closer to my fam­ily and learn to work hard for some­thing.”

The cul­mi­na­tion of their year of record-keep­ing and live­stock man­age­ment comes with the live­stock auc­tion, held on the Satur­day of the show. In­di­vid­u­als and busi­ness will sup­port these youth by bid­ding on and pur­chas­ing the an­i­mal. All of the shows and the auc­tion are open for the pub­lic to at­tend. For the sched­ule and more in­for­ma­tion, visit Utah State Ju­nior Live­stock Show on Face­book.

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