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Livestock program ‘teaches life skills’

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They clipped, groomed and prepared their animals as they were getting ready to show them for the 59th annual North Florida Livestock Show & Sale.

More than 100 youth from surrounding counties took part in the show and sale held in Madison Feb. 18-21. Eleven 4-H youth were among the participants preparing their animals to show.

The show is organized to provide an opportunity for youth to raise and care for livestock, present them before judges for competition and then sell them at a live auction.

PHOTO: Local 4-H’ers participating in the 59th annual North Florida Livestock Show & Sale included: (front row, l to r) Max Sturm, Haley Osteen, Hayden Lilliott, Jade Fletcher, Megan Murphy, Hunter Fletcher and Rylee Hudson; and (back row, l to r) Luke Sturm, Clara Lilliott, Taylor Lilliott, Aucilla Slaughter and Lesha Fletcher.

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PHOTO: Jade Fletcher, shown here presenting an entry in the swine show, won first place overall in Junior Beef showmanship.

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PHOTO: 4-H’er Haley Osteen was among the finalists who received a “call back” for the swine showmanship award in her age division.