• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development

4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Sale

A special thank you and congratulations is deserved for all of those youth, families, friends and interested buyers who helped make the 2018 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Sale a great success. As the culminating event for all those who spent 2017-2018 working hard on either a livestock project animal or a country ham project, the sale offered an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate their successful year.

Held at the Red Barn on the Woodford County Fairgrounds, the sale provides an opportunity each year for FFA and 4-H to come together, along with all of Woodford County, to highlight the achievements of those youth who have participated in some sort of livestock project.

This year, approximately 35 youth participated in the country ham project, which included dry curing a country ham in January, working with it all spring and summer and then traveling to the Kentucky State Fair to give a speech on a country ham topic. Depending on their speech scores, youth were either selected to sell as part of the silent auction portion of the sale or as part of the live auction portion of the sale. Likewise, seven youths participated in the sale with a market animal, including one hog, two goats and five sheep. These youths and animals spent the summer traveling across Kentucky, showing as part of county fairs, district shows and inevitably for most, the Kentucky State Fair.

All-in-all, over 40 items were sold at the 2018 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Sale and over 200 took part in the delicious potluck meal and then the live auction that followed. A definite thank you is deserved for the buyers, the youths for participating and the families for supporting them throughout the year as well. Also deserving to be recognized are the Woodford County 4-H Council and Woodford County FFA for supporting the sale, Courtney Roberts and Woodford County Farm Bureau for sponsoring the sale shirts that each youth participant received, Woodford Feed for straw bales, Woodford County Parks and Recreation for their help with the facilities, Woodford County Cattlemen’s Association for dinner, and auctioneers Roy Lancaster and Patrick Shryock for donating their time to help run the live auction, Candice Chavez for her photography skills, Versailles Home and Garden for the shavings, and all of the parents and volunteers who helped setup and tear down.

As September marks the beginning of the 2018-2019 4-H program year, the 4-H livestock club will begin meeting again monthly starting in October. If you are interested in participating in livestock club activities, including project animals, the country ham project or livestock judging and Livestock Skillathon, please call (859) 873-4601 or email the Woodford County Extension Agent for 4-H/Youth Development Education at ryan.farley@uky.edu.

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