Davie County Youth Shine at Yadkin-Davie 4-H Livestock Show

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Davie County was represented at the 2019 Yadkin-Davie 4-H Livestock Show on August 10th by six youth showing sheep under Davie County FFA. Jesse Ledbetter, the agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Davie County High School, coached and led the group to many titles at the show, including six 1st place showings, reserve champion market lamb, and grand champion ewe lamb.

Bailey Dyson with Judges, and her grand champion breeding ewe.

Bailey Dyson with her Grand Champion breeding ewe.

The group consisted of Jarret Barnes, 16; Nathan Haskin, 16; Addy Buchanan, 10; Charlee Dyson, 8; Elizabeth Anderson, 17; and Bailey Dyson, 15. When they received their lambs in June, the first thing they did was name them. Daily activities for the group included feeding, watering, and walking Bubbles, Vanilla Bean, Cheyenne, Sarah, Shelby, Dixie, Mini, and Jean. The students also tracked the lambs’ weights to determine feed efficiency and the health of the lambs.

A young girl shearing her lamb in preparation for show.

Charlee Dyson shears her lamb in preparation for the show.

For three students, this was their first experience raising and showing a lamb. Prior to the show, lambs must be sheared and washed. During the show, sheep are generally entered into one of two categories: market lambs and breeding ewes. Within those categories, sheep are separated into classes by weight. Market lambs are judged on muscling and meat quality, while ewes are judged on their ability to be good mothers and raise quality lambs.

Three young females in a show ring showing their ewes to a judge.

Addy Buchanan (center) and Bailey Dyson (right) show their breeding ewes.

An indoor ring with four youth participants showing 4 sheep.

(From left to right) Nathaniel Haskin, Elizabeth Anderson, Bailey Dyson, and Jarret Barnes are judged in Senior Sheep Showmanship.

Of the group’s accomplishments, Mr. Ledbetter is extremely proud. “Showing takes patience, time, sweat, and sometimes a few tears,” Ledbetter said. “I grew up showing lambs and it builds character and confidence,” something that all students, and especially the first-time showmen, gained at the show.

Four people, two males and two females in a grassy area practicing proper showmanship with three sheep.

Jesse Ledbetter (center), Davie County FFA advisor, practicing proper showmanship with Charlee Dyson (left), Nathaniel Haskin (back), and Bailey Dyson (right).

The Davie County FFA sheep showmen will be exhibiting their lambs at the Iredell County Fair and the Dixie Classic Fair later this fall.

Complete results for Davie County FFA:

  • Addy Buchanan: Jr. Sheep Showmanship – 9th; Market Lambs – 1st; Breeding Ewes – 3rd
  • Charlee Dyson: Cloverbud Sheep Showmanship
  • Jarrett Barnes: Sr. Sheep Showmanship – 3rd; Market Lambs – 1st, Reserve Champion; Breeding Ewes – 4th
  • Bailey Dyson: Sr. Sheep Showmanship – 2nd; Market Lambs – 3rd; Breeding Ewes – 1st, Grand Champion
  • Elizabeth Anderson: Sr. Sheep Showmanship – 1st; Market Lambs – 2nd; Breeding Ewes – 3rd
  • Nathaniel Haskin – Sr. Sheep Showmanship – 4th; Market Lambs – 2nd, 3rd