4-H club shows well at CMR

The CMR Farm Show, held July 11-15 in Culpeper, was a great success, as 4-H and FFA members from Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties came to show their various livestock projects and display them to the public.

Christian McCracken and John Riedel prepare John’s goat for the meat goat show at this year’s CMR Farm Show. Photo courtesy John Riedel.
Christian McCracken and John Riedel prepare John’s goat for the meat goat show at this year’s CMR Farm Show. Photo courtesy John Riedel.

Blessed with comfortable weather for the first few days (though later on in the week the temperature and humidity rose), eight members of the Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club were among those showing livestock and poultry projects. Courtney Dodson, Kristen Jenkins and Allie Yowell showed their pigs on Friday and Saturday.

Courtney’s 260-pound hog placed second in its Market Hog class and her other pig placed first in the Heavyweight class. Kristen’s swine placed first and second in the Market Hog classes as well as placing second and fourth in the Breeding Gilt classes. Allie placed third in Swine Senior Showmanship and her 270-pound hog placed fourth in its Market Hog class.

Meanwhile in the goat department, three Rappahannock members showed their meat goat projects. Christian McCracken placed second in Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship, fifth in Boer Cross Market Kids 50-55 Pounds and fifth in Boer X Market Kids 60-65 Pounds. John Riedel placed second in Novice Fitting and Showmanship, third in Boer X Market Kids 50-55 Pounds and second in Boer X Market Kids 45 Pounds. Cheyenne McCracken placed first in Junior Fitting and Showmanship, first in Boer X Market Kids 50-55 Pounds and second in Boer X Market Kids 60-65 Pounds. Cheyenne got Reserve Champion in Boer Cross Market and Overall Reserve Grand Champion.

Catherine Deane poses with her Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Photo by Kelly Jo Settle.
Catherine Deane poses with her Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Photo by Kelly Jo Settle.

Rappahannock’s representatives in the sheep department saw success with one of Catherine Deane’s lambs getting Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Catherine also placed first and second in the 130- to 140-pound Market Lamb class, second in Senior Showmanship and second with her pen of two lambs. Kristen Jenkins placed fifth in Senior Showmanship, third in the 105-pound Market Lamb class and third in the 130- to 140-pound Market Lamb class.

Allie Yowell’s bred and owned market steer made Reserve Champion Steer in the bred and owned division; she also placed third in Senior Showmanship. Kristen Jenkins steer placed first in the lightweight division. She also placed first in Senior Novice Showmanship.

Morwen Summers was the lone Rappahannock Livestock Club member in the Poultry Barn, as well as the only exhibitor showing market birds. Her pens of three market birds placed first and second and she placed second in Junior Poultry Showmanship.

If you see any of these hard-working kids, congratulate them on their success, because they certainly deserve it. The Rappahannock Livestock Club also thanks all the businesses who donated, or came to the sale to purchase members’ projects, for their generosity.

Interested in joining the Rappahannock County Livestock Club? Contact Jim Massie at 540-937-5361 or massiejms@aol.com.

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