Photo Caption: Rachel Hayes with the 3rd overall market lamb at the Georgia National Fair and Miller and Scott Ross Hayes. Photo credit: Steve Mapes Livestock Photography
Rachel Hayes exhibited the 3rd overall market lamb at the Georgia Junior National Market Lamb Show in Perry, Georgia on October 8, 2017. Rachel’s lamb was chosen as the Reserve Champion for Division III black face sheep after winning his respective weight class.
Rachel, a Decatur County 4-H’er at Grace Christian Academy, also won 2nd place honors in 7th grade showmanship.
Scott Ross Hayes exhibited the 4th Overall lamb for the First Year Exhibitor Market Lamb Show in Perry, Georgia on October 7, 2017 after winning his particular weight class. Scott Ross also won 1st place honors in 1st grade showmanship.
Miller Hayes placed 1st in class with his black face sheep weighing 141 pounds and 2nd in class with his black face sheep weighing 147 pounds. Additionally, Miller placed 3rd in 12th grade showmanship.
Miller, Rachel, and Scott Ross are the sons and daughter of Brian and Lindsey Hayes.
The Georgia Junior National Market Lamb Show is composed of weight classes for each classified breed. Division winners compete for the overall top 5 honors. Furthermore, students participate in showmanship in their designated grade. 4-H and FFA exhibitors in 1st grade through 12th grade from across the state of Georgia participate in the event. Dr. Billy Zanolini from Texas A&M University judged the market lamb show and showmanship.
As a result of participation in the Georgia youth livestock program, youth gain self-esteem and other character traits such as responsibility, consideration and fairness. They also realize the rewards attained from hard work and dedication. In addition, they practice numerous life skills including teamwork, self-motivation, critical thinking, decision making, goal setting, cooperation, and communication.