Update for January 22, 2015

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Junior livestock show begins Wednesday at county fairgrounds


The Medina County Junior Livestock Show is set for Wednesday-Friday, January 28-30. The auction will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, starting at 11 a.m.

Livestock projects teach young people how to feed, care for and show their animals. However, their more important purpose is to encourage personal growth and development.

Every decision made in producing project animals is related to one’s character. The six pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship; are reinforced daily through animal projects. The simple example of feeding and watering the animal daily reinforces several pillars of character.

When young people take good care of their animals every day, even on difficult days when they have lots of homework or other activities, they are exercising their character muscles and learning how to be successful people. This is the underlying goal of the Medina County Junior Livestock Show, Inc. to give Medina County youth the skills they need to become successful people.             

In 2014, over $720,000 was donated in the auction to 345 children through the generosity of community individuals and businesses. In addition, over $127,000 was spent on the purchase of commercial heifers. Total revenues collected through the sale for 2014 was over $865,000.

To show support for the youth of our community, come out and watch them exhibit their animals. Make a contribution toward the purchase of these animals to the local booster club or at the sale.

Approximately 761 4-H and FFA youth projects are scheduled to participate in this year’s show. Poultry will show next Wednesday, lambs, goats, steers, heifers, and rabbits will all exhibiton Thursday, while hogs and Ag Mechanics projects will show on Friday. Activities begin by 8 a.m. each day and run throughout the day.

Additionally, on Friday at 5  p.m., a Commercial Heifer sale will also be held. Approximately 76 heifers raised by Medina County youth will be in a live auction, selling lots of three to four head. All of these heifers have been vet checked, received their official calf hood vaccination, and are open and ready for the bulls.  

For more information, contact the Extension office, 830-741-6180 or visit http://medina.agrilife.org/.

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