BUCKHANNON — Upshur County’s WVU Extension Office is preparing for this year’s Youth Livestock Show and Sale, coming up at the end of the month.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will run differently than years past. Precautions will have to be taken and followed, as safety will be paramount. The show will be live streamed via the group’s Facebook page and only immediate family will be permitted to physically attend the shows. During the auction, precautions will be followed in conjunction with an appropriate plan arranged by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. Interested buyers are welcome to attend, or they can call the Upshur County Extension Office to make proxy bids or sign up for a phone bid.
In an essay about ‘Growing up as a Livestock Kid,’ Upshur County Extension Agent Natasha Harris said, “Livestock kids learn important life-long lessons and skills decisions that aren’t able to be taught in a classroom setting… Many may not realize the hard work, responsibility, and dedication that goes into raising a show animal. Feeding, bathing, grooming, exercising, cleaning pens, and practice, practice, practice make for a successful show season. It takes hours upon hours of practice for exhibitors to train their animals to lead and cooperate on show day. Throughout the project, youth must make ethical decisions, because they are providing a product.”
The mission of the Upshur County Youth Livestock organization is to provide an opportunity to foster good character and life skills and to improve knowledge of livestock production and management. Both 4-H and FFA livestock projects and events teach youth many life skills outside of the classroom setting, such as responsibility, money management, record keeping, communication and marketing. Youth livestock projects have also been instrumental in providing significant financial assistance to many kids for college, acquiring breeding stock, and other educational pursuits.
Beyond the time and work involved, the average cost for youth to raise a market hog is $600 each, while lambs usually cost an average of $550, goats cost about $450, and steers typically cost $2,700 to feed out. The expense of raising market animals will likely see an increase this year due to higher feed costs.
The Upshur County WVU Extension Office would like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 Livestock Show and Sale: AFP Logs & Lumber, Dominion Energy, Freedom Bank, Wendling’s, Southern States, Mike Ross, Wolf Run Mining, Evelyn Post, Swisher Feed, Ralph’s Furniture, Highland Landscaping, Jimbo’s Hands On Construction, Performance Chevy, Corhart, Buckhannon Family Dental, Dr. Jessica Harvey, Foster Feed, Dr. Kendra Page, Nolte Properties, Number 1 Auto, Sam’s Pizza, Syrews Custom Cuts, Jenkins Ford, Carson Family Farm, Citizens Bank of West Virginia, 84 Lumber, Ivy Ward, Dave Burgess, Farm Credit, High Point Construction, Buckhannon Stockyards, Aaron Harris Auction Service, Woody’s Bowling Center, Mike Coffman, Dusty Zickefoose, Twisted C Whitetails, Craig Presar, and Clark and Debbie Barnes.
If you need to fill your freezer and are interested in bidding, or just looking for more information about the annual Youth Livestock Show and Sale, please call the Upshur County Extension Office at (304) 473-4208.
The tentative 2020 Show & Sale schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 30 – Registration and Weigh In from 3 to 6 p.m.
Rabbit, Egg and Honey Show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 31 – Lamb and Goat Show at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 1 – Beef and Swine Show begins at 8 a.m.
Buyers Reception begins at 4:30 p.m. The menu includes chicken and pork legs and thighs, pulled pork and country ribs, potato salad, baked beans, and Texas squash casserole.