Anson County 4-H Youth Win at State Livestock Events

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The North Carolina Jr. Beef Roundup was held May 30-31 at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Three members of the Anson County 4-H Livestock Club competed in a state-wide Skillathon competition. Skillathon is a written exam that tests youth’s knowledge on livestock, for this contest particularly beef cattle. Youth answer questions on beef breeds, livestock equipment, feed identification and retail meat cuts as well as general knowledge questions. Anson County was represented by Hayden Allen & Olivia Allen, parents Scott & Alicia Allen of Polkton and Gracie McSwain, parents Jeremy & Jennifer McSwain of Norwood. The Anson County team placed second in their age division and look forward to the State Contest in July.


Skillathon members from left to right: Gracie McSwain, Olivia Allen, and Hayden Allen with Coach, Jessica Morgan.

Maddie Carpenter, daughter of Steve & Nichole Carpenter of Wadesboro, competed in the beef heifer livestock shows over the weekend. Maddie showed, MGC Miss Barbie 074-484 bred by Bruce Shankle of EBS Farms. Maddie won Reserve Showman in the Novice Age Division.


Maddie Carpenter with her heifer and grandfather, Bruce Shankle of EBS Farms of Polkton.

Youth interested in participating in 4-H Livestock Club events should contact Jessica Morgan, Agriculture Agent, with North Carolina Cooperative Extension at 704.694.2415 or