GFB sponsors Georgia Market Goat & Lamb grand champions
Georgia Farm Bureau supported Georgia’s 4-H and FFA livestock programs by sponsoring the species grand champion prizes for the Georgia Jr. Market Wether, Market Doe and Market Lamb Shows held Oct. 8-10 at the Georgia National Fair. These three shows are part of the Georgia Junior National Livestock Program. GFB also sponsored prize premiums for all of the livestock shows at the fair.
Market Wether – Cheyne Norton, Grady County
Congratulations to Grady County 4-Her Cheyne Norton for exhibiting the 2021 Georgia Jr. Grand Champion Market Wether! Georgia Farm Bureau Field Services Director Clay Talton presented the $1,500 prize check to Cheyne on behalf of GFB.
Cheyne, the son of Chad and Brandi Norton, has been showing livestock for nine years. He also shows lambs and hogs.
“It feels great to win this championship,” Cheyne said. “I started showing because I had friends and family showing. I’d encourage other kids to get into showing to meet friends and learn how to take care of animals.”
Cheyne’s win carries on a family winning streak. His older sister, Lily won the award last year, and his first cousin, Tanner won it in 2019.
Bryan Kennedy of Oklahoma judged the Market Wether show.
Market Doe – Mallory Lee, Madison County
Kudos to Mallory Lee, a seventh-grade member of the Madison County Middle School FFA, for exhibiting the 2021 Georgia Jr. Grand Champion Market Doe. Georgia Farm Bureau Field Services staff member Haley Darby presented the $1,500 prize check to Mallory on behalf of GFB.
Mallory, the daughter of Byron and Beth Lee, has been showing goats for six years.
“Sometimes she can be a little stubborn, but most of the time she works well and is really sweet,” Mallory said of her winning goat that she calls K.P.
Mallory said her family chose K.P. for the doe’s muscling, length of body, width and overall balance.
“I wasn’t expecting to win, but I knew I had a chance,” Mallory said.
Bryan Kennedy of Oklahoma judged the Market Doe show.
Market Lamb – Tanner Norton
Congratulations to Grady County 4-Her Tanner Norton for showing the 2021 Georgia Jr. Grand Champion Market Lamb! Georgia Farm Bureau Field Services Director Clay Talton presented the $1,500 prize to Tanner.
Tanner won the Market Lamb Grand Champion prize with his Hamp-Suffolk cross, “Walker.” It is his third win in the category since 2018. His secret?
“Work hard,” said Tanner, who followed in the footsteps of his father, Clay, when he started showing livestock. Tanner credited Grady County 4-H Agent Deron Rehberg for teaching him showmanship.
Tanner, a junior at Cairo High School, has been showing livestock, including steers, hogs and goats for 11 years.
Corey Taylor of Texas judged the show.