AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit Swine and Heifer Show Re­sults

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -

On Satur­day, Jan. 20, the AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit Swine Show opened to a stand­ing- room only crowd for the show­man­ship classes for ex­hibitors in grades 4- 12. Hosted by Gor­don County 4- H, the swine show fea­tured 98 ex­hibitors com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of cham­pion show­man in their grade divi­sion. Be­gin­ning with the se­nior show­men in grades 11-12, Gor­don County 4-H’er Gracy Sex­ton earned the first ti­tle of the day. For 9th and 10th grade show­man­ship, Emma Long of Pick­ens County FFA was named the win­ner. The win­ner of grades 7 and 8 was Brody Leake of Pick­ens County FFA, and cham­pion show­man for 4th- 6th grade was Cash Adams of Forsyth County 4-H. Fol­low­ing the show­man­ship classes came mar­ket classes. These classes were be­gun with bar­rows, male hogs. Fifty- six hogs were shown in these classes, and the top 5 bar­rows were all shown by Gor­don County 4-H’ers. The Cham­pion Bar­row was ex­hib­ited by Ben Wil­liams and the Re­serve Cham­pion was ex­hib­ited by Bai­ley Stafford, with third, fourth, and fifth place shown by Gracy Sex­ton, Grace Johns, and Amara White, re­spec­tively. Af­ter the bar­row show, mar­ket classes for gilts, fe­male hogs, be­gan. Sixty- one hogs were shown in these classes. The Cham­pion Gilt was shown by Coy Seay, South­east Whit­field High FFA and the Re­serve Cham­pion was shown by Gracy Sex­ton of Gor­don County 4-H. Third place gilt was ex­hib­ited by Sid­ney Wright of Mur­ray County FFA and both the fourth and fifth place gilt were shown by Tay­lor Dob­son of Pick­ens County FFA. Show­man­ship cham­pi­ons and top five mar­ket cham­pi­ons each re­ceived a ban­ner, and the grand and re­serve cham­pion of both bar­rows and gilts re­ceived a belt buckle.

The fol­low­ing day, Sun­day, Jan. 21, Gor­don County 4- H hosted a heifer show for beef cat­tle, again spon­sored by AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit. The show be­gan with show­man­ship classes fea­tur­ing 25 ex­hibitors, with the most se­nior ex­hibitors go­ing first all the way to novice ex­hibitors. The Se­nior Cham­pion Show­man was Cal­lie Dob­son of Cal­houn High FFA. Win­ning the Cham­pion Show­man ti­tle for 7th- 9th grade was Kayla Le­croy of Floyd County 4- H and 4th-6th grade Cham­pion Show­man was Bay­lor John­son, also of Floyd County 4- H. Fol­low­ing the show­man­ship classes were mar­ket classes for the twenty- eight heifers shown, split into reg­is­tered Bri­tish and Continental breeds as well as com­mer­cial cat­tle. Bri­tish breeds in­clude an­i­mals who orig­i­nated in Eng­land or Scot­land such as An­gus, Red An­gus, Here­ford, and Shorthorn. Grand Cham­pion Bri­tish Heifer was shown by Brent McDaniel and Re­serve Cham­pion was shown by Olivia Tierce, both of Gor­don County 4- H, and third place was shown by Bay­lor John­son of Floyd County 4- H. Continental breeds in­clude an­i­mals orig­i­nated in places such as France or Ger­many. Breeds in­clude Sim­men­tal, Per­cent Sim­men­tal, Charo­lais, Salers, and Maine An­jou. Grand Cham­pion Continental Heifer was shown by Kylie Hurd of Gor­don County 4-H and Re­serve Cham­pion was shown by Kayla Le­croy of Floyd County 4-H and 3rd place was Bryson Smith of Gor­don County 4-H. Com­mer­cial heifers are not reg­is­tered and are un­rec­og­nized by breed as­so­ci­a­tions. The Grand Cham­pion Com­mer­cial Heifer was shown by Gabrielle Ralston of Gor­don County 4-H and the Re­serve Cham­pion was shown by Matthew Ralston of Cal­houn High FFA, with third place ex­hib­ited Kylie Hurd of Gor­don County 4- H. In the Supreme Cham­pion drive, Supreme Over­all Heifer was ex­hib­ited by Brent McDaniel in the Bri­tish divi­sion and Re­serve Supreme was ex­hib­ited by Kylie Hurd in the Continental divi­sion. Third place went to Olivia Tierce from the Bri­tish divi­sion, fourth place to Gabrielle Ralston in the Com­mer­cial divi­sion, and fifth place to Bay­lor John­son from the Bri­tish divi­sion. The top four heifers were all ex­hib­ited by Gor­don County 4- H’ers and fifth place was ex­hib­ited by a Floyd County 4- H’er. The show­man­ship class win­ners, breed cham­pi­ons, and top five over­all heifers re­ceived ban­ners, and the Supreme Cham­pion and Re­serve Supreme Cham­pion re­ceived belt buck­les as well. Both shows were spon­sored by AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit and mul­ti­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tives of AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit at­tended both shows.

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Ex­hibitors of the top 5 mar­ket bar­rows at AgGe­or­gia Farm Credit Swine Show, all Gor­don County 4-H’ers.

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Three Gor­don County 4-H Ex­hibitors, in the 9th grade show­man­ship class.

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