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AFR Youth Ag Achievement Contest Scheduled for OYE

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:29:58 CST

AFR Youth Ag Achievement Contest Scheduled for OYE The American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Youth Ag Achievement Contest is scheduled for March 14-19 at the 2012 Oklahoma Youth Expo. The contest recognizes Oklahoma youth who have an interest in livestock, excel in showmanship skills and have knowledge of the livestock industry to include production, management, processing and end product utilization.

The program’s goal is to stimulate excellence and a quest for knowledge that will result in the development of leadership skills applicable to the livestock industry. Those eligible are 4-H and FFA members exhibiting breeding and/or market beef, sheep or swine at OYE and who are classified as high school juniors or seniors.

“The Oklahoma Youth Expo is the world’s largest running livestock show in and we are proud to be a part of it,” said AFR President Terry Detrick. “This contest allows us to showcase the best of the best and the brightest youth exhibitors from across the state. We award the top students in the contest with money and jackets with great satisfaction--after all they are the youth that will represent rural Oklahoma in the future.”

Pre-entry must be made on the application forms available in OSU County Extension Offices, from agricultural education teachers, the Oklahoma Youth Expo or American Farmers & Ranchers. Entries must be submitted to AFR Education Department by March 9, 2012. If an applicant is exhibiting animals in more than one species, then a choice of one species must be indicated on the application form. Scores will be calculated on three evaluation levels, a written exam, showmanship and an interview. The top 10 participants will be awarded cash and jackets.

The scheduled activities are as follows:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
11:00 a.m. Swine Showmanship - Barn 6 Arena
Thursday, March 15, 2012
10:00 a.m. Written Exam, All Exhibitors - Barn 3-Sale Pavilion
1:00 p.m. Cattle Showmanship - State Fair Arena
Friday, March 16, 2012
8:00 a.m. Lamb Showmanship - State Fair Arena
8:00 p.m. Top 10 Contestant Interviews - Show Office
Sunday, March 18, 2012
6:00 p.m. Awards Presentation - State Fair Arena



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