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Fallbrook students compete with the best

For several months, students from around the county have been raising and preparing their livestock for the San Diego County Fair. Throughout this process, members of the FFA and 4-H have practiced showing their animals and preparing them for market classes and the Junior Livestock auction. These students raised animals such as swine, steers, goats, lambs, turkeys, chickens, and meat rabbits.

Showmanship classes are classes that exhibit how well each exhibitor was able to control their animal and how knowledgeable they are about their livestock project. We had many members who made it to the second round of showmanship and got to compete with the best of the best.

Market classes are classes that determine if your animal is marketable for auction; every participant from the Fallbrook chapter was given a blue ribbon to go through auction. Fallbrook FFA was very fortunate to have a few students who pulled away with either grand champion or reserve grand champion, which means they had the top-looking animal in their market class.

On July 3, all students from 4-H and FFA participated in the junior livestock auction. Silvia Castillo said, “It was a great experience. Not only did I learn new ways to improve my skills in showmanship, but also learned new techniques to produce a better product for next year. It also was a great way to make new friends from other chapters and have good clean competition. I had a blast and can’t wait for next year.”

It is fit to say another fair has come to a great end and preparations for next year start now.

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