Virginia Junior Livestock Show

One of the many highlights of the show was the sheep and goat costume class. Exhibitors dress themselves and their sheep or goat in themed costumes.

One of the many highlights of the show was the sheep and goat costume class. Exhibitors dress themselves and their sheep or goat in themed costumes.

Beef judge Stan Tarr of Le Roy, Ill., gives an exhibitor instruction during the show.

Beef judge Stan Tarr of Le Roy, Ill., gives an exhibitor instruction during the show.

Swine judge Warren Beeler of Caneyville, Ky., provides his placing on a class of crossbred market hogs.

Swine judge Warren Beeler of Caneyville, Ky., provides his placing on a class of crossbred market hogs.

About 300 4-H and FFA members from 42 counties, along with their families and their more than 900 livestock projects, converged on the Rockingham County Fairgrounds for the 2012 Virginia Junior Livestock Expo — Virginia’s largest youth livestock show — from Oct. 12-14, 2012.

The expo featured market and breeding shows for beef cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats, as well as a stockman’s contest. A recognition dinner and barn dance were also held. The Virginia 4-H Foundation announced its goal to expand the Virginia 4-H Livestock Program Endowment, which was established to support programs such as the Junior Livestock Expo.

“This event would not have been possible without the generous support of numerous sponsors and the faculty and staff members and volunteers who provided their time and talents to make the 2012 Virginia Junior Livestock Expo a huge success,” said Paige Pratt, 4-H youth livestock specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Events such as the expo allow youth to come together from across the commonwealth to showcase their projects, learn from each other, and gain leadership skills.”

Pratt said Extension is currently working with the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation to return the youth livestock shows to the State Fair of Virginia in 2013.

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