The 70th Annual Jackson County Junior Livestock Show began Friday morning as animals were prepped and weighed in before judging began.
“The beef people start getting their cattle ready a year in advance,” said Anita Gifford, the show General Superintendent. “The others usually about six months worth of work for each animal, every day involves something. It is very expensive and time consuming. It’s hours and hours every day. And it’s a family thing too. There’s no way that a kid could do it on his own. It takes having their parents behind them, and the Ag Teachers of course.”
Gifford said that Jackson County has always been a rural community and having the livestock show gives students the opportunity, not only to discover a career in agriculture, but also to discover their roots.
The Junior Livestock Show runs through Monday March 3, at the Jackson County Expo Center. This youth agriculture related educational program is sponsored each year by your Altus Chamber of Commerce. Walter Treadwell serves as Chairman of the Livestock Show Action Group and Anita Gifford and David Bush serve as General Superintendents of the Show.
The overall purpose of the show is to highlight agriculture and provide a forum for the youth of our county to look at agriculture as a career choice.
The Premium Auction will be held on Monday. United Supermarkets and Holder Brothers Beef will again prepare all the food for the Bidder’s Barbecue starting at 4 p.m. Barbecue tickets have been sent to all former bidders of the Premium Auction. All activities will be held at the Jackson County Expo Center.
The Show Catalog is available at the chamber office and also by accessing their website at www.altuschamber.com.