SMITHFIELD – A total of 103 youth from across Johnston County are registered to participate in the annual Johnston County Youth Livestock Show & Sale. The event will take place at the Johnston County Livestock Arena at 520 County Home Road, just off Highway west of Smithfield from April 5 – 7. Entries consist of approximately 15 steers, 22 heifers, 9 market lambs, 65 market goats and 45 market hogs.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators will not be allowed at the show. However, exemptions for livestock sales will allow the public to attend the sale on Wednesday night to support the youth.
The show will be live-streamed online by Square One Agri-Marketing and on the Johnston County Youth Livestock Facebook page. The Buyer’s Meal, a long-time feature of the event, will not be served this year. Anyone in attendance will be asked to wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from others outside their household. Those wishing to contribute to the sale without attending in-person may contact the Extension Office to make arrangements to do so.
Dan Wells, Extension Livestock Agent for Johnston County, said, “We had to make the difficult decision to cancel the livestock show less than a month before the event last year. We’re grateful that a protocol is now in place to allow this event for our youth. Many families in Johnston County look forward to this activity every year and spend a lot of time preparing their livestock. Our parent surveys consistently reveal the importance that parents place on their children gaining responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership through their livestock projects.”
Show times are:
Monday, April 5- Steer show at 5 pm, Heifer show at 6 pm
Tuesday, April 6-Market Lamb show at 12:30, Market Goat show at 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 7-Market Hog Show at 11:00 am, Support Sale at 6:00 pm
The sale is supported by over 200 buyers each year, including businesses, farms, physicians, and individuals. Contributions can be made in any amount to any number of children in the program.
“The community support for the sale is outstanding. And as long as a child submits their record books and works at the program fundraisers, they receive 100% of their sale proceeds, with no commission withheld,” Mr. Well said.
The sale grossed over $165,000.00 in 2019.
For more information about the Johnston County Youth Livestock Show & Sale, contact the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Office at (919) 989-5380 or visit johnston.ces.ncsu.edu