State’s youngsters put stock in 4-H training at an...

State’s youngsters put stock in 4-H training at annual expo

Blake Bowman, 15, left, of Franklin, Tenn., leads his Black Angus steer, "€œBlack Smoke,"€ toward the ring for the Junior Livestock Exposition while talking to his friend, Charlie Crouch, 17, also of Franklin. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Students in the fourth through 12th grades competed in the 41st Tennessee Junior Livestock Expo’s Beef Events at MTSU’s Tennessee Livestock Center July 9-11.

This year’s event continued the tasty tradition of providing chocolate milk from the MTSU Dairy and cookies from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce to the young participants each morning.

Activities on July 10 included Market Steer Showmanship competitions, the “Skillathon,” Market Steer Show and Commercial Heifer Showmanship. July 11 activities included the Beef Heifer Showmanship competition, another Skillathon, two rings of Junior Beef Heifer Shows and Premier Exhibitor Awards.

The Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition caps a year of hard work by 4-H members across the state. MTSU serves as host for the junior cattle events, and the junior sheep events are scheduled beginning July 16 in Cookeville.

For more information about the expo, check out this document. You also can view a gallery of expo photos below; click on each photo to see a larger version.