2020 WNC Livestock Expo

— Written By WNC Livestock Expo

Historically the weekend after Labor Day most folks in Western North Carolina are excited to be heading to the Mountain State Fair. Young 4-H’ers are especially excited to exhibit their livestock projects that they have been caring for all year long and have spent many early mornings and late nights making sure they look their best for the show. As you all know, COVID-19 forced the cancellation the fair for 2020. However, Commissioner Troxler, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Cooperative Extension teamed together and were approved to still host a livestock show for the young exhibitors. Through this collaboration, the WNC Livestock Expo was born and offered an opportunity for youth to exhibit beef and dairy cattle, meat and wool sheep, meat and dairy goats, swine, rabbits, and poultry. Record numbers of entries were received for this event and youth were provided with an opportunity to still exhibit their livestock. Extreme efforts were put into insuring the facility was operating under CDC guidelines while masks were worn and social distancing was observed.

Yancey County 4-H was well represented at the WNC Livestock Exposition, September 12-20, 2020. Six members of the Yancey County Beef Club participated in the 2020 WNC Dairy Steer Project. Samantha Sinclair won Grand Champion of the Senior WNC Dairy Steer Project Showmanship. Maggie Burleson won first place in her class. This project is open to youth, ages 8-18 and is intended for youth who have not shown livestock before. In the project, youth receive a calf from a sponsor dairy in March, and are responsible for housing, caring for, and training the calf until September where they show in calf in the Haywood County Fair and WNC Mountain State Fair. At the conclusion of the project all calves must be sold, and the participants receive a payment for their calf. Youth are encouraged to reinvest their project earnings into a livestock project of their own in future years. This project teaches youth valuable life skills including, but not limited to animal husbandry, showing and exhibiting and responsibility.

If you are interested in participating in the WNC Dairy Steer Project for 2021, please contact Jordan English, 4-H Agent at jlenglis@ncsu.edu or 828-682-1872.

Beef Club at WNC Expo

Left to Right: Maggie Burleson, Dakota Burleson, David Banks, Samantha Sinclair and Eden Daniell

Sam at WMC Expo

Samantha Sinclair, Grand Champion of the Senior WNC Dairy Steer Project Showmanship

Beef Club

Left to Right: David Banks, Dakota Burleson, Maggie Lee Burleson, Jayden Shuford, Samantha Sinclair, Eden Daniell, Chloe Daniell, Jake Styles, Levi McCurry and Sage Austin