GFB gives grand champion prizes at Georgia Junior National Livestock Show
By: Georgia Farm Bureau
3/8/2017 11:08:30 AM
After months of training their cows, hogs, goats and sheep for the show ring, 1,644 4-H and FFA students from across the state traveled to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry to compete in the 2017 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Feb. 22-26. The exhibitors showed 2,521 head of livestock during the event. The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture sponsored the seven grand champion prizes for all species shown.
"Georgia Farm Bureau continues to sponsor this show because the students who participate in this event are going to be Georgia's future ag leaders," GFB President Gerald Long said. "Showing livestock teaches young people to be responsible and how to get back up when things don't go the way they wanted them to in the show ring."
Oglethorpe County FFA member Andrew Chastain captured the Grand Champion Breeding Heifer prize of $2,500 with his crossbred commercial heifer. Chastain, a senior at Oglethorpe County High School, is the son of Tennille Chastain and Allen Chastain.
Taylor Barber, a 4-Her from Decatur County, won the Grand Champion Market Barrow award of $1,500 with her crossbred hog. Barber, a sophomore at Bainbridge High School, is the daughter of Jeff and Leslie Barber. Barber previously won the award in 2013.
Coweta County 4-Her Elizabeth Mansour walked out of the ring with the Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer prize of $1,500 with the red Holstein she showed from Wendy Hill Farms. Mansour, the daughter of Jeff and Karen Mansour, is a junior at The Heritage School.
Blaze Beasley, a Mitchell County FFA member, went home with the Grand Champion Market Steer $5,000 prize for her crossbred steer. Beasley, the daughter of Richard and Laura Beasley is a junior at Pelham High School.
Worth County FFA member Chase Roberts claimed the Grand Champion Commercial Doe award of $1,000 with his crossbred goat. Roberts, a senior at Worth County High School, is the son of Michael and Anita Roberts.
Jackson County FFA member Savannah Page won the Grand Champion Market Gilt prize of $1,500 for her crossbred hog. Page, a 7th grader at West Jackson Middle School, is the daughter of Phil and Christy Page.
Banks County 4-Her Jordan Pritchett received the Grand Champion Breeding Ewe award of $1,000. Pritchett, the son of Lamar and Melanie Pritchett, is an 8th grader at Commerce Middle School.
Georgia Farm Bureau will honor the grand champions during the GFB Foundation for Agriculture Gala on March 11.
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