300-PLUS COMPETING IN JUNIOR LIVESTOCK EXPO
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Junior Livestock Expo opened Thursday at Montgomery's Garrett Coliseum Complex as more than 300 4-H and Future Farmers of America members from more than 40 Alabama counties began showing beef cattle, meat goats or sheep.
The State Steer Show, considered by many to be the premiere event of the Expo, opened today in the coliseum. On Saturday, Beef Showmanship competitions begin at 8 a.m. in Teague Arena, and the Breeding Sheep competition begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Lewis Barn with the Meat Goat Show immediately following.
Competition returns to the Coliseum on Sunday as the Heifer and Steer Breed shows begin at 12:30 p.m.
According to Bob Ebert, animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the four-day competition will feature 250 steers and 515 heifers.
"These competitors develop skills and abilities they will use for the rest of their lives," said Ebert. "They learn about responsibility, sportsmanship and time management. The animal depends on the youngster to provide for its needs and that builds maturity in the young person. Young people also learn the importance of being considerate of fellow competitors and judges, even when they may not win."