Youth learn valuable life skills from Clemson’s Junior Beef Round-Up
PENDLETON — A crowd of spectators, family members and others gathered at the T. Ed Garrison Arena Aug. 4-6 as more than 160 youth from across the Southeast competed in the 31st Annual South Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up.
The Round-Up is a regional event that promotes the development of future leaders of the beef industry. It includes a full weekend of beef cattle activities for 4-H and FFA members and their families coordinated by Clemson Cooperative Extension. It is considered the largest youth livestock expo in the Southeast.
In addition to educational activities on a variety of topics, the youth competed in individual beef breed competitions and contests, including Sales Talk, Fitting Contest, Ma and Pa Showmanship, Junior Cattlemen and Showmanship. Participants earned prizes ranging from feed buckets and grooming brushes to silver buckles and scholarship dollars.
“The South Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up is the state’s premier educational livestock youth event that brings families and agribusinesses together,” said Meghan McPhail Wood, 4-H assistant director and livestock coordinator. “Our youth learn valuable hands-on lessons in cattle production, along with life lessons about hard work, dedication and integrity. Not every child can walk out of the show ring with a first-place ribbon, but it’s almost certain every single one has gained a certain amount of responsibility from the time and work invested in preparing their calves for show day, as well as many memories from the time spent with family and friends.”
Twelve junior cattlemen were awarded college scholarships totaling more than $7,500:
- Greenwood Farm Bureau Scholarship — Cameron Catrett of Luverne, Alabama
- Jason Dobbins Memorial Scholarship — Allie Anderson of Fair Play
- Olson Cattle Research Scholarship — Cameron Watts of Commerce, Georgia
- Ashton Bray Scholarship — Regan Mitchem of Vale, North Carolina
- Coca-Cola and T. Ed. Garrison Scholarship — Joseph Stevens of Gray Court
- Weems Creek Cattle Co. Scholarship — Caroline Burke of Sylvania, Georgia
- Steve and Andrea Meadows Hereford Scholarship —Tyler Hunter of Brooklet, Georgia
- Jimmy Davis Construction Scholarship — James Worley of Anderson
- JBRU Memorial Scholarship — Carter Culp of Hull, Georgia
- SCACAA Scholarship — Garrett Ulmer of Lodge
- Anderson County Cattlemens Scholarship — Kaitlyn Christenbury of Starr
- Ag South Scholarship — Gracie Johnson of Dublin, Georgia
Sales talk winners for 2017 are:
- Junior Champion — Cohen McClure of Maysville, Georgia
- Junior Reserve Champion — Reagan Stone of Seneca
- Intermediate Champion — Allie Anderson of Fair Play
- Intermediate Reserve Champion — Jewel Thompson of Opelika, Alabama
- Senior Champion — Cameron Catrett of Luverne, Alabama
- Senior Reserve Champion — Cameron Watts of Commerce, Georgia
Hunter Wilkins, 7, of Blacksburg showed his Simmental, Emma Big Butt. This is the third year Hunter has shown in the South Carolina 4-H Youth Development Junior Beef Round-Up. His mother, Tabatha Wilkins, said experiences such as this are beneficial in helping teach youth skills that will help them throughout life.
“Hunter loves events such as this,” she said. “He understands he has to do a lot of work to get ready for a show. Getting ready for and participating in shows helps him learn about responsibility and other (traits) that will help him succeed in life.”
The Junior Beef Round-Up is usually held the first weekend of August each year at Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena. This event creates many opportunities for junior cattlemen to win college scholarships, savings bonds, livestock supplies and show equipment.