Farm Youth Showing Goats, Pigs, Cattle & Sheep

A few years ago I had no idea what “showing livestock” meant and now here I am posting a few  photos (and a short slide show) of a livestock show taken by my friend Ryan Goodman of Agriculture Proud. I went to my first livestock show a few years ago…. it is amazing how much can be learned by going to one.

For instance, I had no idea how much these folks would be studying health, nutrition, handling, and what really results from the livestock beings judged — aka meat! As Ryan explained in a post on youth livestock skills competitions:

The livestock skills competitions at numerous events provides an opportunity for youth to competitively learn more about these different subjects. I remember participating in these events during my summers as a 4-Her. It was a great motivation to keep the learning wheels turning with a subject I care more about learning than English in a classroom.

showing cattle

pigs in the show ring

judging goats

sheep in competition

ryanj.goodman_1359130261_13Today’s photos are by Ryan Goodman. Ryan comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about production systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently in Tennessee working on a Master’s degree. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same. Ryan’s blog updates can be found at


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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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13 Responses to Farm Youth Showing Goats, Pigs, Cattle & Sheep

  1. militaryfamof8 March 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    how great! My kids would love to live in a farm… I thank myslef for getting that thought in their heads 😉

    Thank you for hosting a WW w/linky, I have mine up as well if you’d like to visit

    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      That’s awesome! If you have ANY questions, feel free to leave them here. Ryan loves answering them!

  2. Ryan Goodman March 27, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    I believe your post about the first livestock show was the first time I ever ran across you on social media. I was just getting introduced to the agriculture and food world online. Never would I have thought things would change so much in 3 years or that I would end up having a tight group of friends like I do from across the country!

    Glad to share these photos with you JP! If anyone has any questions about youth livestock projects, feel free to let me know.

    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Really? You probably wondered what planet I was from! LOL! Thanks for the photos, I love them and it seems others do too!

      You are always awesome about lending your thoughts. Much appreciated.

  3. Jordan Simonson March 27, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I grew up showing dairy and swine. One of the greatest experiences of my life. Especially considering that is where I met my wife. Gotta love the fair!

    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Wow! That’s a great story! Hope you have a blog post about it! 😉

  4. Stacy Uncorked March 27, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Isn’t it amazing what all goes into showing stock? So educational, too – and fun to watch! 🙂 Great shots!

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    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      I was blown away! The kinds of questions I asked… I’m sure I was the primary entertainment the first time I went to a livestock show!

  5. Kristie March 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Great pictures! I used to show beef cattle, sheep and angora goats in 4-H…brings back memories! 🙂

    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      🙂 I totally missed that growing up…. well, I didn’t miss it, didn’t know anyone else had it LOL! But it does look fun now.

  6. Cathi March 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Oh I remember well the days our family spent at the fair with our kids and their livestock. The happy days of FFA. 😉

    • Janice Person March 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      That sounds fun! I never saw livestock at fairs as a kid… we were focused on the rides & kids! (City kids you know) Last year was my first state fair & I loved it! Wrote a post & did a video about the time. 🙂

  7. ohmyheartsie March 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    When younger always went to state fairs participated in 4H with clothing entries. How in the world did they get the 4 pigs lined up in a row lol. I found your blog on Carrie with Children. Heres an invitation to add your blog toJapanese Gardens & Geisha Girls WW w/Linky And Bloglovin too

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