135 students from across Johnston County exhibited livestock at the 2014 Johnston County Youth Livestock Show & Sale April 15. The judge for the event was Warren Beeler of Caneyville, Ky. Beeler is a policy director for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and has been judging livestock shows for over 30 years.
54 goats were entered in the meat goat show. A wether exhibited by Madison Twigg of Pine Level was chosen as grand champion, with reserve honors going to Travis Anderson of Four Oaks. In goat showmanship the Junior division champion was Kadence Overby of Selma, reserve champion was Tanner Bentley of Kenly. In the Intermediate division Rachel Murphy of Four Oaks was champion followed by Jay McKenzie of Smithfield in reserve. Finally, the senior division goat showmanship competition ended with Katelyn Honeycutt of Angier winning grand champion and Haley Stanley of Four Oaks taking reserve honors.
Seven steers were exhibited in the market steer competition, with Jenna Williams of Princeton showing the grand champion steer and Madi Creech of Selma at the halter of the reserve champion. A field of 15 heifers was shown, with grand champion going to a heifer shown by Justin Wood of Willow Springs and reserve champion to a heifer exhibited by Madi Creech. When beef showmanship competition began, Tyler Boswell of Selma was named Champion Novice Beef Showman, with reserve going to Schyler Crocker, also of Selma. In the Junior division Kadence Overby of Selma was selected as champion, followed by Justin Wood in the reserve spot. Marcy Price of Selma was selected as champion, with reserve going to Joy Leigh Hinnant.
On Tuesday night an adult showmanship competition was held. In this event, previous showmanship winners serve as judges while adults, including graduated participants and parents and advisers, took to the ring with an animal. Winners were Janet Bentley of Kenly in Market Lamb, Rebekah Ray of Wake Forest in Beef, Lori Woodard of Kenly in Meat Goats, and Terry Haire of Dunn in Swine.
After evaluating eight classes of hogs, grand champion market hog honors went to a gilt shown by Joy Leigh Hinnant of Kenly, with Courtney Lanning of Selma showing the reserve champion. Selection of the champion animal was followed by showmanship. In the Junior division champion showmanship honors went to Connor House of Selma, followed in reserve by Kayla Batten of Four Oaks. In the Intermediate swine showmanship division the championship trophy was awarded to Brittany Beasley and reserve honors to Travis Anderson, both of Four Oaks. In the Senior showmanship division Joey Allen of Four Oaks took home the winner’s embroidered chair with reserve honors going to Holly Price of Selma.
The final exhibit of the week was the market lamb show, with 22 animals entered. Kelsey Bentley of Kenly exhibited the grand Champion market lamb. The reserve champion was a lamb shown by Bethany Patton of Princeton. In the Junior Lamb Showmanship division Bethany Patton and Tanner Bentley were champion and reserve champion, respectively. In the intermediate division Danielle Wiesner of Micro captured the championship trophy with reserve going to Caroline Corbett of Selma. Kelsey Bentley was selected as champion senior lamb showman followed by Haley Stevens of Selma.
The Johnston County Youth Livestock Show & Sale is an annual event open to youth ages 5-18 who are either enrolled in Johnston County Schools or whose primary residence is in Johnston County. Participants learn about livestock production, record keeping, financial management and responsibility through the project.