Jackson, Norton, Parker win state goat and lamb shows
Payton Jackson of Banks County, Tanner Norton of Grady County and Garrett Parker of Lamar County won top honors in the 2019 State 4-H & FFA Market Goat and Lamb Shows, held Oct. 4-6 at the Georgia National Fair in Perry.
Norton, showing as a 4-Her, won the Grand Champion Market Wether prize with his Boer cross on Oct. 4. Jackson, showing as an FFA member, won the Grand Champion Market Doe award on Oct. 5. Parker, showing as a 4-Her, won the Grand Champion Market Lamb title with his Hamp Cross lamb on Oct. 6.
The market goat show attracted 387 4-H and FFA members who showed 646 animals in the market goat show. The market lamb show drew 159 exhibitors who showed 331 lambs.
Norton, a ninth-grader at Cairo High School, is the son of Clay and Cindy Norton and has shown livestock the past nine years, including steers, heifers, pigs, lambs and sheep. This is his third grand championship; he won the grand champion market doe and market lamb prizes in 2018.
Jackson, an 11th-grader at Banks County High School, is the daughter of Kipp and Laura Jackson. Payton has shown animals for 12 years, starting when she was four years old. She also shows pigs and cattle and has previously won this grand championship in 2014 and 2017.
Parker, a 12th-grader at St. George’s Episcopal School in Milner, is the son of Lynn and Sean Parker. He has been showing livestock for 12 years. This was his first grand championship.
Georgia Farm Bureau sponsored the cash prize for each grand champion. Georgia Farm Bureau is also the premier livestock sponsor for the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter for the 2019/20 show season.