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Jackson County 4-H youth place in 2022 livestock and animal shows

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. – Local youth were excited to gather in the show barn at the Perry County Fairgrounds in mid-June to exhibit beef, swine, sheep, and goats during the annual 4-H Livestock Show. A few days prior, many 4-H members also participated in a 4-H Small Pets Show, where they shared their knowledge of cats, dogs, lizards, and rabbits with local judges. Both events allowed youth to display sportsmanship and exude confidence as they showed the "best of the best" during the shows.

Due to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's (IDOA) ongoing ban on live poultry exhibits, 4-H members could still showcase their hard work on poultry items by displaying poster presentations and speaking directly to a judge to discuss their project. Youth who exhibited in the alternative will still be able to show at State Fair in August and receive any eligible 4-H awards.

4-H youth also had the opportunity to participate in the livestock auction. The auction is an opportunity for local businesses, families, and community members to purchase animals exhibited during the fair. The auction is a great way to support local youth as participants receive the full proceeds from the sale of their livestock.

The results of the Jackson County livestock and animal shows are:

Isabella Huseman – Grand Champion, Grand Reserve Champion, and Senior Showmanship

Dairy Cattle
Blayke Richelman – Grand Champion and Showmanship

Market Hog
Blayke Richelman – Grand Champion
Ryleigh Richelman- Reserve Grand Champion and Showmanship

Blayke Richelman – Grand Champion
Ryleigh Richelman – Reserve Grand Champion

Isabella Huseman - Champion

Lance Carnes – Grand Champion
Lance Lowery – Reserve Grand Champion and Junior Showmanship

Lincoln Snyder – Grand Champion and Junior Showmanship
Chace Hall – Reserve Grand Champion

Meat Pen Rabbits
Levi Lowery – Grand Champion
Lance Lowery – Reserve Grand Champion

Lance Lowery – Grand Champion
Levi Lowery – Reserve Grand Champion and Junior Showmanship

Maggie Beaty-Dingus – Grand Champion and Junior Showmanship
Amber Gass – Reserve Grand Champion and Senior Showmanship

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Becky Needham, 4-H program coordinator,, (618) 687-1727

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