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Black and white Hostein cows and light brown Jersey cows graze on green grass.
October 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Dairy

On a rainy day in early autumn, hundreds of people packed into the Mississippi State University Joe Bearden Dairy Center to learn where their milk, butter, yogurt, and ice cream come from. (File Photo by Kat Lawrence)

A young girl and her mother are pictured with their horse.
May 22, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock

It was inevitable that Lauren Bryant would at least try 4-H.

Her father’s family has been active in the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program for two generations. And she has attended 4-H events since she was a toddler.

Now, the 11-year-old is showing her own livestock and participating in various 4-H activities through the Extension Service in Tippah County.

“Lauren is a third-generation 4-H’er,” explained her mother, Leigh Bryant. “Her granddad and her daddy were both 4-H’ers.”

April 27, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The 4-H Livestock Club in Hinds County has deep roots. And now that history is on display for all to see at the Multi-Purpose Livestock Building on the Hinds Community College campus.
 
Agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Hinds County found hundreds of documents, photos and other memorabilia related to the club when they were moving their office from Jackson to Raymond a few years ago.
 
“We found two filing cabinets full of things dating back to the club’s beginning in the 1930s,” said Extension agent Theresa Hand. “We didn’t even know one of those cabinets was there.”

A young man kneels next to his goat at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions.
February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock

Tyler Branch has been showing goats since he was 8 years old, and all his years of hard work really paid off this week.

Chickasaw County 4-H members placed in the top 10 in consumer decision making at the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver. Team members (from left) Shelby Abrams, Gracie Vickers, Lessie Vickers and Gage Vanlandingham earned sixth high point team overall, third high team overall, and eighth high team in overall reasons and overall group think. Vickers also placed second in individual high points. They are joined by Mississippi State Extension Service program associate Angie Abrams. (Submitted photo)
January 25, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

Mississippi 4-H teams and individual members recently landed several top 10 finishes in a variety of categories when they competed in the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver.

A young girl stands beside a cow at the Mississippi State Fair.
October 12, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

You see the Ferris wheel lit up, you smell the funnel cakes and you hear barn animal sounds….That’s right! It’s the Mississippi State Fair! Many 4-H’ers from across the state travel to Jackson for a chance to compete in the show ring. We wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from this past weekend!

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
May 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.

Twelve-year-old Carson Keene shows off his champion Duroc hog for bidders at the 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Feb. 9, 2017, as his stepsister, Alexandra Pittman, looks on. (Photo courtesy of Jeff L. Homan)
February 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

JACKSON, Miss. -- Before Carson Keene sold his grand champion Duroc hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, he had a conversation with his family about where the proceeds should go.

The 12-year-old 4-H'er and sixth-grader at Presbyterian Christian School in Petal had known for several months that his 6-year-old schoolmate Noelle Carter was awaiting treatment at Batson Children's Hospital for liver cancer. He decided to donate the auction proceeds to Carter's family.

“Our school was raising money, and I wanted to try to do something, too,” Keene said.

Jasper County 4-H member Lacie Winn finished her 4-H livestock project career at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. Winn placed with Drake, her European crossbred steer, in the competition on Oct. 8, 2016. (Submitted photo)
October 28, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Women for Agriculture

By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service

LOUIN, Miss. -- For one Jasper County 4-H member, a junior livestock show career has come full circle.

Lacie Winn, 18, has competed in 4-H livestock shows across the state since 2006. The youth development program is managed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and open to youngsters from 5-18 years of age.

Alex Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County, left, helps his 4-H members with one of the four hogs they had in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions on Feb. 11, 2016, in Jackson, Mississippi. Anna Grace Rowland, second from left, Sherman Timbs and Sarah Thomas Smith shaved Deason’s head after they won a friendly bet with him by getting four pigs in the sale. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
February 12, 2016 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

JACKSON, Miss. -- Alex Deason made members of his 4-H livestock judging team a deal they could not resist.

“I told them if any of them could get a hog in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, they could shave my head,” said Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County.

The 4-H’ers took this wager seriously. They not only got one hog in the sale. Team members got four hogs in the sale. And Deason? He has a freshly shaven head.

April 20, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young people and adult coaches interested in honing their livestock judging skills have several opportunities at upcoming Mississippi State University camps.

The MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will hold two residential camps and two half-day camps in May and June.

Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle, and they will learn to develop oral reasoning skills.

April 14, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, About Extension, Beef

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Cobie Rutherford, the new beef cattle associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, plans to deliver educational programs to producers and students across the state.

Jacob Owen, left, and his older brother, Tyler, prepare to enter the arena for the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions with their market goat, Splits, on Feb. 12, 2015, in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
February 13, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, Family

JACKSON, Miss. -- Exhibitors in the annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions learn important lessons about livestock through their projects, but one family discovered just as much about people.

Tyler Owen, 13, and Jacob Owen, 10, of Jones County qualified to participate in the sale with their reserve champion light heavyweight goat, Splits. Their journey to this coveted sale of market animals began when each was about 5 years old and their parents, Jennifer and Matt Owen of Moselle, encouraged them to show livestock.

Alexis Pickens, center, maneuvers a hog in the Clarke County Special Needs Livestock Show under the watchful eyes of 4-H member Brittany Conner on Jan. 23, 2015. U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper is reporting observations as he serves as the celebrity judge for the annual event in Quitman, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
January 28, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Community

QUITMAN, Miss. -- Livestock exhibitors work hard for trophies and blue ribbons, but they occasionally earn intangible rewards that will never collect dust.

Christy King, an agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Clarke County since 2010, knows what typical 4-H members learn through livestock projects.

Calhoun County 4-H member Mikayla Shelton prepares her Mississippi-bred grand champion light heavyweight goat, Ready Or Not, for his turn in the show ring at the Dixie National Sale of Champions Feb. 6 in Jackson. The 44 market goats, lambs, steers and hogs brought a preliminary total of $369,150, setting a new record. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
February 7, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Goats and Sheep

JACKSON – Young Mississippians took about 3,000 animals to Jackson to show at the Dixie National Livestock Show, but only 44 animals were judged worthy of competing in the annual Sale of Junior Champions.

Mikayla Shelton is one of hundreds of Mississippi youth who groom their goats, lambs, steers and hogs all year long in hopes they make it to the sale, and after five years of competing, the Calhoun County 4-H’er finally earned the spot she had coveted for so long.

January 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, FARMtastic

JACKSON – An interactive, educational event aimed at teaching third-graders about the importance of agriculture comes to the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo Feb. 7-8.

FARMtastic offers hands-on exhibits that help children learn the role of agriculture in the production of food and other products used in daily life. It will be set up in the Mississippi Trade Mart at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Mississippi junior and senior 4-H'ers prepare to enter the ring for the selection of grand and reserve grand champion pony mares, registered American quarter horse mares, grade western mares, and registered paint mares on June 28 during the 2013 4-H Horse Championship at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 2, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine

JACKSON – To most people, showing horses seems a lot like work because of all the feeding, watering, stall cleaning, grooming and training involved – not to mention the countless hours spent at shows. But to Mississippi 4-H’ers involved in the horse program, all that work is a lot of fun.

Each summer, young people ages 8 to 18 converge on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds for the 4-H Horse Championship to reap the rewards of a year’s worth of effort. This year, more than 600 4-H horse program members participated in six educational contests and 105 riding events.

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s new livestock judging team coach invites young people and coaches interested in sharpening their livestock judging skills to one of two camps.

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