The Youth of Ashley County got to show off their real “live” projects last weekend.
The Future Farmers of America Association and the Ashley County 4-H program both had students participating in the livestock contests and events at the Ashley County Fair.
Braley Moffatt stands with livestock she entered in the Ashley County Fair. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)
According to the program sponsors, the students feed and care for their animals to get them to meet certain requirements. The students have guidance from their group sponsors and their parents, but the students have to put in a lot of work to raise the animals on their own.
“He feeds them and raises them and he can tell you all about it,” Brooke Allen said about her son, Hayden Allen, and his chickens.
Members of the Crossett FFA who competed included Paige Thompson, Daniel Johnson, Danni Dolan, and Anna Rice. Thompson won first place in the Medium Weight Commercial Heiffer category and Grand Champion with her livestock. Johnson and Dolan both entered market hogs. Johnson won first place and second place. In addition to hogs, Dolan also entered poultry and won multiple poultry ribbons including Grand Champion Bantam Rooster. Rice entered and won ribbons with rabbits.
The Ashley 4-H members who participated were Braley Moffatt, Mabry Davis, Hayden Allen, Addison Allen, Hunter Adams, Logan Whitaker and Landon Whitaker.
Moffatt entered livstock in the Small Weight Commercial Heiffer category. Moffatt won first place and reserve grand champion. Moffatt also won multiple first and second prize poultry awards. Davis was awarded ribbons for her goats and rabbits. Hayden Allen won ribbons for his chickens including Grand Champion Poultry. Addison Allen won first place in water fowl with her Chinese goose. Adams won Grand Champion and other ribbons for his rabbits. Logan and Landon Whitaker both won poultry ribbons.
The Hamburg FFA students who competed were Nicole Martin and Ashley Hollis. Hollis also competes through the County 4-H program.
Martin raised hogs and won grand champion and reserve grand champion with her market hogs. Hollis raises goats and chickens. She won multiple ribbons with her poultry and grand champion with one of her goats.
In addition to raising animals for show, Hollis competes with her horses and participated in last week’s horse show. Hollis is a former rodeo queen and won Miss Teen Ashley County Horsemanship.
Hollis’ story began with her wishing for a horse to almost having an entire farm. Hollis says she wants to add cows.
“When we jumped in, we jumped all in,” Hollis said.