By Lyn Odom

The 41st Annual Burnet County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and the 2007 Llano County Junior Livestock Show are slated for Thursday through Saturday.

Organizers said the shows will give youths and young adults the opportunity to show the livestock they've raised. Awards and scholarships will be presented, followed by the Premium Sale where sponsors will be able to bid on cattle, hogs, sheep, poultry, rabbits and several categories of goat.


The Llano show at the Llano Community Center, located west of downtown on CR 152, also has a bake bake show scheduled for Friday.

"We have 129 youths registered to show 327 livestock entries," said Marilyn Hale, Llano County extension agent of family and consumer services. "We hope the public will come out and see the exhibits our young people have prepared. They have worked hard all year on their projects and the livestock show is a nice community activity."

Both the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H are organizations structured to teach young people ethics, responsibility and leadership through raising, showing and "selling" livestock fit for the dinner table.

The premium sale on the last day of the competition differs from other livestock sales in that the money bid on an animal goes to the young person who raised it, less the commission, as does the animal "sold."

The youth who raised the livestock get to take their livestock home. This type of show and sale isn't just for fun; the youths raise the animals and learn about the ethics and responsibility of contributing to the food chain, officials said.

The FFA and 4-H are similar programs that function under different types of leadership.

The FFA is governed through schools on the state and national level and includes vocational agricultural sciences. Teachers direct the program within school districts and there are high school and junior FFA chapters all the way down to third-graders.

The 4-H is governed by the Texas Extension Service through county agents and volunteers. There are several clubs within a county and each club has an adult volunteer leader. This includes third grade to seniors.

There is an advantage to having the livestock show this time of year because participants have the opportunity to get their animals ready for the show during the holidays off from school, officials said.

Animals are judged on weight, condition and conformation in two different categories. Market animals must be fit for consumption, being neither too lean or too fat. Breeding stock is judged on characteristics such as condition, muscling, soundness and general health.

The Burnet County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show, located at the fair barn behind the Burnet Minicipal Airport on U.S. 281, has more than 250 youth exhibiting livestock from steers to rabbits, officials said. 

The public is welcome to visit the barns.

Thursday the barn will open for exhibitors to arrive with their livestock including swine, several breeds of goats, sheep and lambs, rabbits, poultry and cattle.

Dairy goats will be judged at 2 p.m. (Ring A), poultry at 3 p.m. and market goats at 5 p.m. (Ring B).

Friday, breeding sheep and market lambs will be judged beginning at 8 a.m. (Ring A). The rabbit showmanship class is from 10 a.m. until noon in Ring B. From noon until 5 p.m. is the market swine show followed by the breeding swine show in Ring A. Beginning at 5:30, youths will show steers followed by heifers in Ring A.

The creative meat and bake show judging begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the buyers lunch at 11 a.m.
Awards for outstanding seniors, showmanship winners and the scholarship presentations will be made at 12:30 p.m. The premium sale begins at 1 p.m.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to support this year's sale. For more information, call (512) 756-5463.

The 2007 Llano County Junior Livestock Show schedule of activities include exhibitor arrivals, deadlines and weigh-ins beginning at noon Thursday.
The Llano livestock show will be held at the Llano County Community Center on FM 152, located near Llano City Park by the rodeo arena and the golf course.

The turkey show begins at 5 p.m., followed by broilers and rabbits. The lamb show begins at 7 p.m.

Friday kicks off with the meat goat show beginning at 8 a.m.; followed by a 4-H barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The bake sale begins at noon.

The swine show begins at 2 p.m. and is the last show of the day.

The cattle show begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the premium sale beginning at 3 p.m.

During the show, the Llano County Junior Livestock Show Association will operate a concession stand selling a variety of foods, snacks and beverages.

For more information, call Todd Swift at (325) 247-5159 or Marilyn Hale at (325) 247-4849.

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