Livestock

J.B. Alexander, surrounded by family and friends, after winning the 2017 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Show.  

The 2019 Anderson County Youth Livestock Show will kick off Monday, featuring more than 420 4-H and FFA entries from every school district in Anderson County, competing with livestock and shop projects.

“This year we’ve seen an increase in all animal project entries, compared to last year,” said Anderson County Extension Agent Preston Sturdiness. “We invite everyone to see the shows Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There's lots to see. You never know, you might learn something new.”

Sturdiness also, hopes community members and business owners will support the 4-H and FFA youth with bids at the auction at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Each year, the premium auction brings in thousands of dollars for local youth. thanks to the generous support of local businesses and support groups. The livestock show and projects provide a great opportunity for students to develop responsibility and a work ethic.

This year, check-in for all animals, except broilers, rabbits and breeding goats, will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center. Commercial heifer record books are due then. At 5:30 p.m., the official weigh-in of steers, lambs, goats, and hogs begins.

On Monday, broilers check-in from 7 to 9 a.m., project show check-in is from 9 a.m. to noon, and market rabbits check-in from noon to 2 p.m.

Commercial heifers interviews will start at 1 p.m. Judging will follow at 1:30 p.m. Market rabbit judging will be at 3 p.m. The breeding gilt show will start at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, breeding rabbits will check in from 7 to 8 a.m. Judging will be held at 9 a.m. The project show judging will start at 8 a.m. The breeding goats will be checked in from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and judging will be a 1 p.m., followed by market goat judging at 3 p.m. and market swine judging at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, market swine that did not qualify for the premium sale must check out by noon. Lamb judging at 3:30 p.m. will precede breeding heifer judging at 5:30 p.m. Market steer judging will be at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the buyer barbecue will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the premium auction sale at 7 p.m.