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Summer in the show ring
Local youth compete in livestock shows
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County group winners at the Central Regional and Tennessee State Sheep Expo are, from left, Austin Conner, Dillon Jones, Dana Jones, Breanna Jones and Katy Mae Cantrell.

What a summer of livestock shows for Warren County. From clinics to skill-a-thon practices to actual shows, Warren County youth have been definitely noticed. During the past couple of months, they have been involved in the Regional and State Beef and Sheep Expositions. Goat competitions have been added to the program just this year.
Seven 4-H members recently competed at the Central Regional and Tennessee State Beef Expo held in Murfreesboro at Middle Tennessee State University Exposition Center. There, 4-H members competed with over 100 other members from the region and again at the state level.
They competed two days in skill-a-thon, where they are tested on their knowledge of beef breeds, management practices, reading medications, feeds, and meat cuts, to name a few. Three individuals competed in the actual show.
First is showmanship, which demonstrates how well an individual works with their animals in the ring.  This contest is solely based on the individual’s ability to show their animal properly in the show ring.
Once the showmanship contest is completed, they waited for their turn in the show ring with their breed and age division for their animal. When in the ring, participants showed off their animals to the judge in hopes of winning first in their class and continuing on to the championship drive, which is where the best animal is chosen for each breed.
Kalan Lusk, Will Prater and Clay Prater competed in both skill-a-thon and show for regional and state competitions.  Clay Prater placed first overall in the Senior High Level II age division of skill-a-thon. Mitchell Woodlee, Ian Pursley, Erica Cantrell and Erin Cantrell competed in skill-a-thon as well.
Nine 4-H members competed at the Central Regional and Tennessee State Sheep Expo held in Cookeville at Hyder-Burks Pavilion. Just like with the beef show, individuals competed in skill-a-thon to test their knowledge of sheep and showing their lambs in June for the regional show, and again in July for the state show. Warren County was represented proudly with over 25 head of lambs and countless high- placing animals and showmanship winners.
Breanna Jones brought home the Champion and Reserve Champion Black Welsh Mountain Breeding Ewe at the regional show. Dillon Jones earned the Champion and Reserve Champion Dorper Breeding Ewe title at the regional show.
While participating at state, Katy Mae Cantrell took home the Champion Dorper Breeding Ewe. Those participating include:  Dana Jones, Breanna Jones, Dillon Jones, Katy Mae Cantrell, Austin Conner, Conner Smith, Erica Cantrell, Erin Cantrell and Clay Prater. 
New to the 4-H program this year, the state youth goat show will be held in August. At the regional show, Conner Smith placed in the Junior Showmanship class. Also participating was Austin Conner and Haley Smith. They all plan to compete at the upcoming state competition.