Decatur County 4-H Cattle and Lamb Exhibitors Excel in Perry

Published 11:08 am Friday, October 27, 2023

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Decatur County 4-H members recently exhibited lambs and cattle during the first weekend of the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia.

Charlie Griffin, Heidi Griffin, Levi Peralta, Fatima Peralta, Kirksey Bell Hayes, and Scott Ross Hayes exhibited lambs at the Georgia National Fair.  Exhibitors competed in showmanship, market lamb classes, and breeding ewe classes.

Scott Ross Hayes, 7thth grade 4-H’er at Grace Christian Academy was named champion 7th grade showman for the Market Lamb Show and Reserve 7th and 8th grade showman for the breeding ewe show.  Scott Ross earned the opportunity to compete against showmanship winners from 6th through 12th grade to compete for the title of Master 4-H Showman.  Kirksey Bell Hayes 4th grade GCA 4-H’er, was named Champion 4th grade showman for the market lamb show and champion 3rd and 4th grade showman for the breeding ewe show.  Levi Peralta and Fatima Peralta exhibited ewes that respectively placed in the top 10 of the breeding ewe and market lamb classes.  Charlie Griffin placed in the top 5 for breeding ewe and market lamb classes.  Heidi Griffin, 3rd grade 4-H’er at Hutto Elementary School, placed 2nd in the market lamb class and later earned the title of Reserve Champion for the Georgia Born and Bred Division.

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Mr. Marvin Ensor from Texas served as the judge for the market lamb show and evaluated the exhibitors in showmanship for the 2023 Georgia Junior National Market Lamb Show.

Exhibiting cattle during the Georgia National Fair Market Beef and Breeding Heifer Show were Maggie Miller, Scott Ross Hayes, and Kirksey Bell Hayes.  Maggie Miller, a 6th grade student at Grace Christian Academy, placed 5th in 6th grade showmanship, placed 2nd with her Charolais heifer, and placed 2nd in class with her Charolais steer.  Scott Ross Hayes placed 1st with his Charolais heifer and was named Reserve Champion Charolais Heifer.  Additionally, Kirksey Bell Hayes was named Reserve Champion 4th grade showman for beef cattle and placed 1st in class with her Charolais heifer entry.

Mrs. Barb Ohlrichs and Mr. Wayne Ohlrichs from Nebraska evaluated the heifers in classes and the exhibitors in showmanship.  Mr. Brian Fox served as the judge for the Market Beef Show.

These 4-H livestock exhibitors represent their schools and community as part of the Decatur County Show Team as they participate in livestock shows all over the southeastern United States.  As a result of their involvement, youth gain character traits including responsibility, caring, and fairness. They certainly deserve the reward of hard-work and dedication.  In addition, they practice numerous life skills including teamwork, self-motivation, building self-esteem, critical thinking, decision making, goal setting, cooperation, and communication.