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Halifax County Jr. Livestock Show holds goat, lamb workshop

The Halifax County Junior Livestock Show has been scheduled for Monday, April 22.  The group met in October to kick off the season and start a new show year. This year, roughly 42 animals will be shown, including cattle, goats and lambs.  

To get the children geared up for the season, a goat and lamb workshop was held this past Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Halifax County Agriculture Marketing Center.  Eleven of the show participants, along with their families, attended the workshop.  

Rob French and his daughter, Sarah-Jane French, traveled from Cumberland County to teach the workshop.  The Frenchs own and operate S and R Meat Goats in Cumberland.  French, along with his wife, Tina, and their daughter, Sarah-Jane, travel all over the states of Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky to compete in livestock shows and have received many awards, including a number of grand champions.  They raise a commercial herd of boer goats and are committed to breeding and raising high muscle, show-quality goats.  

The Frenchs taught show participants the basics of selecting a quality show goat and lamb, feeding and caring for the show animals, fitting and showing qualities.  

Each show participant got a hands-on opportunity to learn how to set up his or her animal in the show ring.  

The Frenchs also showed a demonstration of how to handle the animal in the ring with a judge, and held a Q&A session to close the program.  

The Halifax County Junior Livestock Show will hold its next workshop on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Ag Center.  Dr. John Collins of Halifax County Vet Center will lead this workshop and teach the basics of feeding and caring for each species of livestock included in the show.  

All Junior Livestock Show participants are required to attend two of the educational workshops offered to be eligible to compete in the 2013 show.  

The families participating in the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show expressed appreciation to sponsors that have helped the 2013 show.

Without sponsors, the show would be impossible, and the families of the children participating in the show appreciate the support from their agricultural community.  

Anyone requesting more information about the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show can contact Leah Brown, ag development director, at 434-476-3066 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.