Extension to host Virginia Junior Livestock Expo

Swine Judging

More than 500 FFA and 4-H members tested their knowledge of livestock production during last year’s stockman’s contest.

Virginia’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America members will continue to have a place to show their livestock projects despite the fact that the State Fair of Virginia had to declare bankruptcy in early March. Virginia Cooperative Extension announced in April the establishment of the Virginia Junior Livestock Expo. The event will be held Oct. 11–14 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, Va.

“Virginia has a long history of strong youth livestock programs and events. Having an event that allows youth from across the commonwealth to come together to benefit from the educational process that youth livestock programs offer is extremely important,” said Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension. “We look Extension to host Virginia Junior Livestock Expo forward to the opportunity to provide leadership to this activity and work closely with youth, parents, leaders, volunteers, and supporters.”

The Virginia Junior Livestock Expo will be open to all Virginia 4-H and FFA members and will offer market and breeding shows for beef cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats, as well as a stockman’s contest. The crops contest, junior foresters, horticulture demonstration, and the agri-science demo will also be held. FFA will also have the following events — small engines, tractor troubleshooting, and the forestry field day.

Show details and entry forms will be posted on Extension’s website as they become available. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Paige Pratt, youth livestock Extension specialist, at 540-231-4732 or pjpratt@vt.edu.