Kids learn the value of hard work and responsibility
While most of us are nestled in our homes during the dead of winter trying to stay warm, local 4-H and FFA students are outside taking care of animals and preparing for the upcoming livestock show. According to Lee Dudley, County Extension Agent, over 250 entries have been registered for the Panola County Livestock Show and Sale. The event will be held on February 22-24, 2012, at the Panola County Expo Hall. In order to be eligible to show an animal, exhibitors must live in Panola County or attend a Panola County public school, private school or home school and be a member of 4-H or FFA, also within Panola County. They must be at least in the third grade and in good standing in their respective school with regards to attendance and grades.
The amount of time a student has to work with an animal depends on which type of project is chosen. If showing a steer, the animal is selected in early spring, soon after the February show is over. Dudley says, "With cattle, parents go out and pick their own because you're dealing with a lot more money and investment. The price of the animal usually starts at $1,500. When you figure in the cost of feed times the 300 days the kids have the animals, the investment reaches well over $2,500. We only have 10-12 kids that show steers because of the cost involved."