As families with small children arrived at the Morgan County Fair to participate in the children’s games, local businesses, families and individuals gathered Saturday in the Ray W. Little Education Pavilion to purchase sheep, hogs and steers in support of area youth.
Each youth can show as many animals as they would like, but you can only sell one animal in the junior livestock event. This year 150 animals were sold, which means that 150 youth raised livestock for this occasional. That is a lot of responsibility for kids this age and gives them a great chance to learn about and respect where their food comes from.
For almost a year, junior livestock participants must learn to properly feed, care for and exercise their animals. This is no small task. Especially for those raising steers that weigh ten times what the children raising them weigh.