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Jr. Livestock Show and Sale set for Aug. 24-27

By Staff | Aug 10, 2022

The 2021 Grand Champion Beef is shown by Nicole Otten during last year's Sanpete County Junior Livestock Show and Sale.

The Sanpete County Junior Livestock Show and Sale will be held Aug. 24 through 27 as part of the Sanpete County Fair.

The Junior Livestock Show and Sale is a great agricultural education program for youth ages 9-18 and has been conducted annually at the Sanpete County Fair since the mid-1980s.

Youth registered with 4-H or FFA participate by purchasing a calf, a pig, a lamb or a goat which are then fed, groomed and exercised for 60 to 100 days. The youth also study animal science and how to train, groom and show the animals. Youth are also able to raise and show dairy goats in a breeding show.

All of the hard work and study is challenged at the Sanpete County Junior Livestock Show where youth are tested on their knowledge of their project species and also exhibit and present their livestock project animals to a judge in the show ring.

The exhibitors will show their animals in the market classes on Thursday, Aug. 25. In these classes, the judge will evaluate the animals on confirmation and finishing. Classes are divided by the weight of the animal. The Grand and Reserve animals in each species will be chosen this day.

On Friday, Aug. 26, the exhibitors will show their animals once more, but during these classes, the exhibitors will be judged on their skills and abilities to groom and show their animals. These are called the showmanship classes and exhibitors compete against others their own age.

The final event will be the Livestock Auction and Sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, where members of the community and local businesses can purchase or contribute a donation to purchase a livestock project animal. The livestock is processed at local meat processing plants for a good supply of high-quality meat for the buyer.

There are many volunteers who work hard to provide this great learning experience to the 4-H and FFA youth. Please come and support this great youth educational experience.

The 2022 Junior Livestock Rulebook and Livestock Study Guides can be found on the Sanpete County Extension website at https://extension.usu.edu/sanpete/4h-resources

2022 Junior Livestock Show Schedule

Monday, Aug. 22, 5 p.m.: Barn Set-Up, Livestock KnowledgeTest

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 4 to 6 p.m.: Lamb Goat, Swine, Market Beef receiving and weigh-in

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.: Exhibitor Meeting (all parents and exhibitors must attend)

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Livestock Judging Contest

Thursday, Aug. 25: Market Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Please see the Fair Schedule for updated times for shows.

Friday, Aug. 26: Showmanship Show begins at 8 a.m. Hog Showmanship Classes will begin at 8 a.m. followed by dairy goats, sheep, market goats and beef. Times for each class depends on the number of entries in each class.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Junior Livestock Sale. Livestock buyer’s breakfast begins at 8 a.m.; the auction and sale begins at 10 a.m. Exhibitors are reminded they are responsible for their animals until 6 p.m.

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