During the Webster Parish Fair, 4-H members showed off the animals they raised and their skills at showmanship. The third day’s competition was for cattle, goat, and lamb.
In the cattle/beef competition, members competed in three age divisions for showmanship. The breeding cattle were then judged in age divisions.
The showmanship competition allows the competitors to show-off their knowledge of the animals they have raised and the breed standards for that specific breed. In the ages 15 and up division, Riley Austin took 1st place, and Zander Thompson took 2nd place. In the ages 12-13 division, Hayden Williams took 1st place. And in the ages 10-11 division, Peyton Williams took 1st place. Riley Austin was named Grand Champion Beef Showman, and Hayden Williams was named Reserve Champion Beef Showman.
The breeding competition was for Brahman influenced cattle, and the bulls and heifers were judged separately.
In the bulls category, Riley Austin’s junior calf, Baby Bubba, took 1st place, Zander Thompson’s yearling bull, Cupid’s Fire, took 1st place, and Riley Austin’s senior bull, Austin’s CJ, took 1st place. Riley Austin was also awarded both Grand Champion Bull and Reserve Champion Bull for Baby Bubba and Austin’s CJ respectively.
In the heifer category, Riley Austin’s spring calf, Miss Tootie, took 1st place, Peyton Williams’ fall heifer calf, Lizzie, took 1st place, Hayden Williams’ summer heifer calf, Fancy Like, took 1st place, Hayden Williams’ spring heifer calf, Mystical Hour, took 1st place, Riley Austin’s spring heifer calf, Worm-A-Jean, took 2nd place, and Peyton Williams’ senior heifer calf, Victoria, took 1st place. Riley Austin was given the Grand Champion Heifer award for Miss Tootie, and Hayden Williams was given the Reserve Champion Heifer for Fancy Like.
In the goat competition, 4-H members were judged on showmanship in two age divisions, and then the goats were judged in the Market Goat Classes in divisions by weight.
In the ages 16 and up division of the showmanship competition, Jaci Mayfield took 1st place, and Edgar Silva took 2nd place. In the ages 10-12 division, Reace Payton took 1st place. Jaci Mayfield was named the Champion Goat Showman, and Reace Payton was named the Reserve Champion Goat Showman.
The Market Goat Classes are judged on the goat’s traits such as muscle mass, structural soundness, and readiness for the market. In the Class I division, Jaci Mayfield’s 56 lb goat took 1st place, and Edgar Silva’s 47 lb goat took 2nd place. In the Class II division, Jaci Mayfield’s 72 lb goat took 1st place, and Reace Payton’s 67 lb goat took 2nd place. In the Class III division, Reace Payton’s 98 lb goat took 1st place. Reace Payton’s 98 lb goat was named Champion Market Goat, and Jaci Mayfield’s 72 lb goat was named Reserve Champion Goat.
And last, but by no means least, the lamb competition was judged very similarly to the goat competition. Karlee Lange swept the competition as the only entrant with her flock of lambs. Karlee Lange was named Champion Lamb Showman in the ages 15 and up division. Her 133 lb lamb took 1st place in the Class 1 Market Lamb competition, and her 142 lb lamb took 1st place in the Class 2 Lamb competition. Her 133 lb lamb was named Champion Market Lamb, and her 142 lb lamb was named Reserve Champion Market Lamb.
The 4-H livestock competitions ended with the presentation of the Doug Sales Memorial Award which was given to Riley Austin.