Market goat

Baillee Crandell, Gettysburg, has an emotional moment after winning Grand Champion market goat.

The 36th Annual Adams County 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Auction to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the South Mountain Fairgrounds will be the culminating event for more than 70 local youth. These Adams County 4-H and FFA members have dedicated their last few months to raising high quality market steers, dairy beef steers, hogs, lambs, goats, rabbits and poultry. It all leads up to the biggest night of their livestock experience: Sale night. Ever considered attending the Sale and purchasing an animal? Here’s why you should support your local 4-H and FFA members on Sale night.

Working closely with their 4-H leaders and FFA advisors, youth learn what to look for when selecting a market animal. They look for structure, soundness, and capacity, all qualities that can indicate if an animal will grow to be a champion. It may sound strange, but eight year olds learn how to make their first business transactions when they purchase their animals and subsequent feed. These market projects instill important business and budgeting skills in youth from the beginning.

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