It’s stock show time in county

Exhibitors are lining up their livestock and strapping on their fancy duds and big smiles for the 2002 McCulloch County Junior Livestock Show, this Friday and Saturday at the G. Rollie White Complex in Brady. First introduced in 1960, the Junior Livestock Show and Sale is sponsored annually by the McCulloch County Livestock Association and with each passing year it continues to leave its mark on the local community. McCulloch County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd stated that the biggest changes this year will be with scheduling. “Early Friday morning we’ll start with rabbits and then move on to hogs,” he said. “Following lunch we’ll judge the sheep and lamb divisions and finish Friday afternoon with steers and heifers.” The Little Britches competitions will be held Friday and Saturday around 12 noon each day “Give or take 30 or 40 minutes,” said Kidd. “We really have a record number of entries this year. It’s up about 10 percent from last year. We have 160 exhibitors with close to 460 animals entered. Entered in the show are 38 Angora goats, 96 breeding meat goats, 145 market meat goats, 45 gilts, 60 market hogs, 72 market lambs, 33 breeding sheep, 66 rabbits, 21 breeding heifers and 38 market steers. Serving this year as the judge for the hog, sheep and cattle divisions will be Malcolm Osbourne from Llano. Osbourne will do all of the Friday judging except for rabbits which will be judged by Carrol Hooks from Moody. Pat Jackson of Christoval will be judging all of the Angora goats and breeding meat goats on Saturday. The showmanship classes for each species will feature the top entrants of each class that exhibit exemplary show skills. The classes will be sub-divided by the exhibitor’s age as of the day of show. Little Britches will be eight years and under, Junior Class will be 13 years and under and Senior Class will be 14 years and older. Each division has a major rotating trophy that is sponsored by a community family or local business. Cash prizes, belt buckles, jackets, trophies and ribbons will be awarded.

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