FFA Alumni Livestock Show
Pickens High School Agri-Center ~ January 30, 2016


By: Pickens County FFA Reporter

On January 30th, The Pickens County FFA Alumni Livestock Show was held at the Agri-Center at Pickens High School. Pickens County FFA and 4-H members from throughout the county, piled into the Agri-Center to participate in the “Local Show”, an annual event in the county since the early 80’s. The 2016 Show had a record level of participation with forty eight exhibitors showing sixty one total head of different species of livestock. With cool, but sunny weather, the Agri-Center was at full capacity with exhibitors and spectators for the show. The Judge for this year’s show was retired Ag. Teacher, Mr. David Burton, of Franklin County.

In the Showmanship Division, the judge has the unenviable task of determining which exhibitor does the best overall job of exhibiting their animal to the acceptable standards for their particular animal species. Showmanship is a team effort between the showman and their animal. If the team is working together, the results can be a win and if not, well, you can guess the outcome.

Courtney Painter was selected as the Champion Breeding Doe Showman with Emma Long earning the title of Champion Breeding Ewe Showman. When the Beef Heifers took the ring, Tyler Cantrell won the honors as the Champion Beef Showman followed by Elizabeth Collins as the Reserve Champion Showman. The Swine Showmanship Division was divided into 11-12th grade, 9-10th grade, 6-8th grade, and first time due to the large number of exhibitors in the Division. A. J. Norton was selected as the Champion in the 11-12th grade class. Lexi Buckner took top showman honors in the 9-10th grade class followed by Madelyn Elrod in the 6-8th grade class. Carmen Thomas was selected as the Champion Showman for the First Time.

When judging the Market Classes, the judge shifts gears and, this time, studies the animals for their structural correctness, muscularity, and overall confirmation for the given species. As Burton began progressing through the Market Classes, Courtney Painter’s goat was selected as the Champion Breeding Doe and Emma Long had the Champion sheep in the Breeding Ewe Class.

In the Beef Heifer Classes, Tyler Cantrell’s heifer was selected as the Grand Champion followed by Elizabeth Collins and her Reserve Champion Heifer. The Market Hog Division was divided into 7 classes. A.J Norton took the blue ribbon in Class 1. In Class 2, first place went to Abby Gleason followed by Carmyn Mullins in Class 3. Taylor Dobson won Class 4, Ellijah Odum, Class 5, and Lexi Buckner in Class 6. Gabby Jones finished out the classes as the winner of Class 7.

All of the Class winners returned to the show ring for one more look by Judge Burton before his final selection of the Champions. When all was said and done, Lexi Buckner’s Market Hog took the nod as the 2016 Grand Champion along with Gabby Jones hog selected as the 2016 Reserve Grand Champion.

All of the Pickens livestock exhibitors are anxiously awaiting the Georgia Junior Livestock Shows that will be coming up in a couple of weeks. Tune back in soon to see what happens at the “State Show”!

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