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Norton, Williams win top honors at Georgia National livestock shows

Tanner Norton of Grady County and Ben Williams of Gordon County earned the top honors in the 2018 State 4-H & FFA Market Goat & Lamb Shows held Oct. 5-7 at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Hours of working with their livestock paid off for the two young men who both showed as 4-H members.

 Williams won the 2018 Ga. Junior National Grand Champion Market Wether prize with his Boer cross goat on Friday evening. Norton captured the Ga. Junior National Grand Champion Market Doe prize on Saturday. The following day, Norton became a double grand champion winner when he won the Ga. Junior National Grand Champion Market Lamb prize!

The market goat show attracted 396 4-H and FFA members who showed 241 wethers (castrated male goat) and 417 does (female goat) in the market goat show. The market lamb show had 153  exhibitors who showed 302 lambs.

Norton, an eighth grader at Whigham Elementary, is the son of Clay and Cindy Norton of Cairo.  During the past eight years, Norton has shown goats, sheep, cattle and pigs. He says what he enjoys most about showing livestock are the memories he has made with his family and friends from across the state.

Williams, the son of Kip and Trish Williams of Calhoun, is a seventh grader at Calhoun Middle School. For the past six years Williams has shown goats, sheep, cattle and pigs. The thrill of competition and the lasting friendships he has made with other show kids is what keeps Williams in the show ring.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture sponsored the cash prize for each grand champion. Georgia Farm Bureau is also the premier livestock sponsor for the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter for the 2018/19 show season.