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Putting the best foot forward at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

Leah Gentry, 8, of Back Bay nudges a hog back on course. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS

CREEDS – The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, the culmination of months of hard work for young people who raise animals and learn to show them.

This year’s auction on Friday, June 1, raised more than $187,000 from sales of steers, hogs, lambs and goats – as well as country hams.

Dr. Scott Greiner, a professor and extension specialist from Virginia Tech, served as judge of the show.

“4-H and livestock programs are such a great learning tool for kids, and it’s great to be a small part of it,” Greiner said in an interview.

On the day of the show, Landin Spruill, 14, of Gibbs Woods, N.C., said he loves participating in the livestock club. 

“I love the animals,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I see a lot of my friends here.”

There’s another element to raising livestock.

“Responsibility,” Brian Spruill, Landin’s father, noted.

Results follow.

Market

Market Steers: Dawson Cox, grand champion; Logan Gentry, reserve champion; Kolby Snow, 3rd overall

Hogs: Austin Cox, grand champion; Dawson Cox, reserve champion; Camille Mitchell, 3rd overall

Lambs:  Camille Mitchell, grand chamion; Wyatt Schratwieser, reserve champion; Eli Schratwieser, 3rd overall

Market Goats: Camille Mitchell, grand champion; Selena Perez, reserve champion and 3rd overall [two goats shown]

Breeding Does (Goats): Camille Mitchell, grand champion; Wyatt Schratwieser, reserve chamion; Grace Schratwieser, 3rd overall

Hams: Holland Spruill, grand champion; Landin Spruill; reserve chamion; Avonlea Flanagan, 2nd place junior; Bailey Flanagan, 3rd Place senior

Showmanship

Steers: Logan Gentry, intermediate grand champion; Olivia Vaughan, intermediate reserve champion; Camille Mitchell, senior grand champion; Dawson Cox, senior reserve champion

Hogs: Leah Gentry, novice grand champion; Emmie Irving, novice reserve champion; Alexander Huban, junior grand champion; Austin Cox, junior reserve champion; Riley Grimstead, intermediate grand champion; Kansas Schneider, intermediate reserve champion; Dawson Cox, senior grand champion; Camille Mitchell, senior reserve champion

Lambs: Leah Gentry, novice grand champion; Eli Schratwieser, novice reserve champion; Grace Schratwieser, intermediate grand champion; Robert Kovacs, intermediate reserve champion; Camille Mitchell, senior grand champion; Wyatt Schratwieser, senior reserve champion

Goats: Selena Perez, novice grand champion; Austin Cox, novice reserve champion; Avonlea Flanagan, junior grand champion; Kylie Putz, junior reserve champion; Grace Schratwieser, intermediate grand champion; Riley Grimstead, intermediate reserve champion Camille Mitchell, senior grand champion; Holland Spruill, senior reserve champion

Riley Wallace, 4, sits with Winston, a steer raised by her cousin, 13-year-old Emily Kovacs. Riley’s mom, Lindsay Wallace, is spraying Winston to help the steer keep cool. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Brandon Grimstead is a study in focus during the livestock show on Thursday, May 31. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

On Friday, June 1, Selena Perez, 9, of Blackwater is seen during the auction in her first year in the club. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Brothers Eli Schratwieser, 9, and Wyatt Schratwieser, 14, show their kid does. Eli is in his first year participating with the livestock club, while Wyatt is in his fifth year. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Dr. Scott Greiner, a Virginia Tech professor and extension specialist, serves as a judge during the show on Thursday, May 31. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Kolby Snow, 14, of Blackwater says hello to a steer named Frank. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Landin Spruill, 14, of Gibbs Woods, N.C., is seen above with his father, Brian Spruill, at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club Show and Sale at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex. Landin Spruill said the club is a lot of fun, while his father noted that it is also a lot of responsibility for young people. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]


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