Tuesday, students of Jackson County 4-H and FFA got to show off all the hard work they’ve put into raising a steer for the last ten months.
The 40th Annual Fed Cattle Show was held at Southern Cattle Company this year.
Students have been raising the cattle since spring of last year, preparing for this show.
Their cows were judged on their appearance and the students competed in a showmanship competition.
While not everyone goes home with a first place ribbon, the students said it’s been rewarding to take on this project.
“I’ve learned a lot of time management skills and responsibility,” said Rayleigh Carter, Cottondale High student. “Everything doesn’t revolve around my calf. I’ve had to make a lot of schedule changes and and had to cut back on some other activities to make room for him.”
Each year the fed cattle show concludes with live auction where citizens can purchase the locally grown cow for meat to fill their freezers.