Upcoming Livestock Events

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As you start the new year we wanted to make you aware of several upcoming livestock events and opportunities you might be interested in.

*North Carolina Sheep Producers Association Meeting*
What: Educational meeting for all interested in Sheep
When: January 18, 2014
Where: Guilford County Extension Office
Who:  This event is open to anyone interested in Sheep, youth and adults alike. I have included the registration form with additional details.

*Judging in January*
What:  This is a livestock judging contest/clinic.  This event offers a great opportunity for youth to come and showcase their livestock evaluation skills and also prepare for future livestock judging contests.
When: January 25, 2014
Where: NCSU Beef Educational Unit, located on Lake Wheeler Rd
Who:  This event is open to all youth under the age of 18, as of January 1.

*Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute*
What:  This event is designed to encourage leadership and self-development while learning about the Meat Goat Industry.  Youth do not have to be currently involved with the goat industry to participate in this program.  It is totally free to participants and includes two meals.
When: February 8, 2014
Where: NCSU Beef Educational Unit, located on Lake Wheeler Rd.
Who: This event is open to all youth ages 10-18.  Interested youth must fill out the attached application and submit by January 10, 2014.

*Perry & Doris Teeter Beef Leadership Institute*
What:  This is a three-day event that is held in conjunction with the NC Cattlemen’s Association annual conference.  Youth have the opportunity to come and learn leadership, team building, public speaking, and animal advocacy while at this event.  Additionally, youth will be actively participating in the conference and learning about the Beef Industry.  This is event is totally free to youth that apply, and covers lodging and meals for the weekend.
When: February 14-16
Where: Hickory, NC.  Most of the sessions will be held in the Hickory Metro Convention Center, and some will be held in the Courtyard by Marriott where the participants will be staying.
Who:  This event is open to all youth ages 14-18, that have a desire to enhance their leadership skills while learning about the Beef Industry.  Youth that wish to participate must fill out the application and submit by January 10, and the top 20 youth will be selected to participate.

*NC 4-H Livestock School*
When: March 1-2
Where: Eastern Carolina Ag & Education Center, Tarboro
Who:This event is open to all youth ages 9-19.  Youth have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of showing livestock.  Youth are asked to pick one species of livestock to be covered the entire weekend (Swine, Meat, Goats, Lambs, and Cattle).  This is a hands on clinic and youth are encouraged to bring their own animal but it is not required.

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