It was an incredible week for Farmington students at the inaugural Arkansas Youth Expo in Fayetteville. Students exhibited their livestock projects against others from across the state over 4 days. They exhibited in market classes, breeding heifer divisions, and showmanship.
Students won many banners in the breeding heifer show on Tuesday. Macey Woodward had division champion Sim Solution heifer raised by Willow Springs Cattle Company. Justin and Jason Calhoon exhibited the reserve division champion Mainetainer female, and Austin Rogers showed the reserve division champion LimFlex heifer.
The hog show was no different, numerous Farmington students brought home red banners. The day started off with freshman Brihnlee Hunt driving her Berkshire gilt to a division championship. Brother and sister, Ethan and Emma Parker each showed a division champion market hog. Ethan with his Poland China gilt and Emma with her Chester White gilt from 4D Showpigs. The Mabry sisters had a great market show as well. Lizzie exhibited the reserve division champion Hampshire and the division champion lightweight crossbred. Her older sister showed the division champion heavyweight crossbred named Savage that is bred by Ham Livestock.
Students continued on Wednesday with showmanship. Showmanship evaluates a student's ability to present their animal to the judge. In the cattle ring Austin was fourth overall senior showman. In the sheep arena Kenley Young, second grader at Williams Elementary, won her age division. In the swine barn, Chloe Thomas was third overall senior showman and Lizzie Mabry was champion in the intermediate division. In the junior division Harlie Mabry was Champion and Gracelynn Sallee was reserve.
We are proud of our students' accomplishments at the Arkansas Youth Expo. We look forward to many more upcoming shows.