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4-H members excel
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Warren County 4-H’ers exhibited market hogs in the Central Region and State 4-H Market Hog Shows. The Central Region 4-H Market Hog Show was held  Jan. 22, and the State Market Hog Show was held Jan. 23 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where over 240 youths exhibited over 400 market hogs.
Clay Prater, Erin Cantrell and Erica Cantrell from Warren County exhibited market hogs at these two shows.
While at the State Market Hog Show, 4-H members exhibit their hogs in a weight class and showmanship class. They  also competed in a swine skill-a-thon which tests their knowledge about breeds, cuts of meat, equipment, feeds, and quality assurance. These 4-H members spent many hours studying for the skill-a-thon.
Dibrell Elementary eighth-grader Erin Cantrell,  placed ninth out of 57 in the State Swine Skill-a-thon. The premiere Exhibitor Award is a combination of the showmanship score, placing of your market hog in class and the skill-a-thon score. 
Erica Cantrell, fourth-grader at Dibrell Elementary, placed first in the Regional and State Skill-a-thon in the Explorer division. Erica was also named the State Market Hog Show Explorer Premiere Exhibitor and received a plaque and $100.
Clay Prater, 10th-grader at Warren County High School, was named the Senior Level 1 State Market Hog Premiere Exhibitor. He received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Tennessee Farm Bureau.
4-H members learn many valuable lessons while caring for and showing market hogs. Time management, responsibility and financial responsibility are just a few lessons they learn. The 4-H livestock projects are a great way to uphold the 4-H motto which is “learn by doing.”      
The 4-H swine project is a program of The University of Tennessee Extension and is available to all eligible persons regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension and is also the state’s largest youth organization. With more than 306,000 participants statewide, 4-H is available to young people in every Tennessee County. If any 4-H’ers are interested in exhibiting market hogs next year, call the extension office at 473-8484 or email Terra Kimes at tkimes@utk.edu.