January in Lauderdale County is livestock time. All the hard work from the past year is coming to a close as livestock season rounds out with the Dixie National on Feb. 1.
Lauderdale County Jr. Livestock Association has a show and sale on the third Thursday of January, and this has been the tradition for the past 53 years.
This local show and sale generate more than $30,000 annually in revenue for 4-H and FFA youth who have raised market animals for sale. Market steers, hogs, lambs and goats are auctioned off at the Meridian Stockyard beginning at 6:30 p.m. along with fancy desserts.
The dessert sale itself brought in over $1400 last year, which is divided up amongst the exhibitors and added to their premium money. This program is a tool designed to teach youth how to run a business. They work and keep records on their costs. It teaches them so much about management and the importance of hard work along with goal setting.
Beth Tartt, a strong supporter of the Lauderdale County Livestock Program, says Lauderdale County is one of the few counties in the state that continues to financially support its youth through the livestock sale.
Local businesses, friends of 4-H and school FFA programs and 4-H alumni come together and purchase show lambs, hogs, goats, and steers that our local youth have as projects - some that are year-long projects.
In many instances, the sale of these animals helps the youth to be able to purchase next year’s project. Many take their monies and save for college. It’s a win-win for all. The buyer can donate the money and the youth can resale the animal or the buyer may choose to eat the animal.
All animals sold are to be market-ready. The project is designed to teach the youth/family about animal health, nutrition, market readiness, expenses for all aspects of having that animal responsibility, she said.
This year, Billy Zanolini is coming from Texas to judge and to also have a clinic to help the kids prepare for the Southeast District show and the Dixie National. They will get to experience a showmanship clinic before two major shows which will help them and their parents tremendously since many of them have never shown before.
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