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Young Shepherds 'Hook' Competition at 2010 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg – Junior exhibitors put their knowledge and showmanship skills to the test in the Outstanding Young Shepherds contest, held Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

On Saturday, young sheep enthusiasts competed in a comprehensive and challenging Skillathon, where they were tested on their knowledge of feeds and nutrition, equipment, cuts of meat, management, quality assurance and health.

The Outstanding Young Shepherd contest combines exhibitors’ scores from the Junior Lamb Skillathon with scores from Sunday’s Junior Market Lamb Show, where showmanship and lamb quality earned points toward the award. Competitors will also have the chance to earn points on Friday, Jan. 15, in the Junior Breeding Sheep Show.

The exhibitors in each age division with the highest total scores as of Tuesday, Jan. 12, will be the first to sell their lambs in the Junior Market Lamb Sale following the Sale of Champions.

Those winners are:
Division 1 (competitor born from 1990-1992): Jeremy Mock, Williamsburg, Blair Co.
Division 2 (competitor born from 1993-1994): Chris MacCauley, Atglen, Chester Co.
Division 3 (competitor born from 1995-1996): Eric Shoop, Dalmatia, Dauphin Co.
Division 4 (competitor born from 1997-2000): Brittany Traux, Hustontown, Fulton Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.

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