uite a few Stone County students work year-round conditioning and training their livestock to compete against the best bred pigs, goats, sheep, and cows in the state.

About 40 students from the Stone County 4-H club and Future Farmers of America chapter took part in the winter livestock show circuit this month. After wrapping up the district-level shows in January, about 30 students competed in the 56th annual Dixie National Livestock Show.

“Over the last five weeks, Stone County Junior livestock participants took part in the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, the South Mississippi District Show in Hattiesburg, and the Dixie National Livestock Shows in Jackson,” County Agent Brad Jones said.

Jones works with the local 4-H program and FFA through the Stone County Extension Office. 

The students are not just showing—many are also winning. Dozens of top-placing awards will come home to Stone County.

Jones credits the program’s success to a stronghold of local support.

“We currently have a great group of families in our local Junior livestock program,” Jones said.  

Jones said the programs have grown tremendously in the past five years, with the help of parents and volunteers.

The local community has kept as active as possible despite the last year’s hardships and surprises. But the children have stayed dedicated to their goals.

The students began showing at the county-level before moving to the district show in Hattiesburg.

The program also hosted an annual sale to raise funds for scholarships, which was a success.

“The community support of our county show and market animal sale was awesome,” Jones said.

 Jones said the sale raised more than $13,000 including donations from businesses and individuals.

“That goes right back to our local youth,” he said.

“Considering everything that has gone on over the past year, it has been humbling to see our youth and their families stay committed to their projects,” Jones said. “I’m also thankful for our Ag Commissioner, and our FFA and 4-H leadership for making sure these events happened." 

Stone High School FFA Advisor Shelby Hudson also credited a strong community support for keeping the program active.

“Stone High FFA would like to thank the community for their continued support of our youth and their livestock projects,” Hudson said.

Hudson said programs like FFA and 4-H teach valuable skills like responsibility, time-management, sportsmanship, and communication skills.

“I have personally seen these skills grow with leaps and bounds in our students,” Hudson said. “I am so proud of our students and can’t wait to see how much they grow over the next year.”

Complete List of Participants:

Charlotte Dalon showed her light-weight meat goat doe at the Stone County Junior Livestock Showcase, South MS District Livestock Show. 

Roger Morris and Mia Morris showed her dairy cattle at Stone County Junior Livestock show case. 

Katlyn Scarborough and Garrett Scarborough showed their dairy goats and the Stone County Junior Livestock Showcase and the South Ms District Livestock Show. 

Brylee Viars showed her meat goat does and Brahman beef cattle at the Stone County Junior livestock Showcase, South MS District Show, and the Dixie National Junior round-up. At the Dixie national, Viars placed first in Brahman Heifer Class.

Mattie Woodard and Jack Woodard showed commercial beef heifer at the Stone County Junior livestock Showcase, South MS District Show, and the Dixie National Junior round-up. 

Lane Tucker showed market hogs and Santa Gertrudis beef cattle in Stone County Junior livestock showcase, South MS District Show, the Dixie National Junior round-up, and the Dixie National open shows. He placed second with his Santa Gertrudis heifer at the Dixie Nationals.

Chloe Tucker showed market hogs and Santa Gertrudis beef cattle at the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, the South MS District Show, the Dixie National Junior round-up, and the Dixie National open shows. She placed second with her Santa Gertrudis heifer. The Tuckers also took part in the National Santa Gertrudis Show at Dixie National open shows 

Spencer Martin showed Angus and Gelbvieh cattle.

Calden Ratliff, Copelen Ratliff, and Caycen Ratliff competed their market lambs and market steers at the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, South MS District Show, and the Dixie National Junior round-up.

Stella Jenkins showed market lambs and market steers at the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, South MS District Show, and Dixie National Junior Round -up 

Lauryn Jones and Tyler Jones competed in market hogs at the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, South MS District Show, and the Dixie National Junior Round-up.

Riley Lewis competed in market hogs at the Stone County Junior livestock showcase, South MS District Show, and the Dixie National Junior round-up. At the Dixie Nationals, she placed first in lightweight MS bred barrow.

Jarrett Hickman showed a commercial heifer and two Angus heifers at the Stone County Junior Livestock Showcase. 

Kendall and Nathan Long competed in commercial Angus heifer and Hereford bull at the Stone County Junior Livestock Showcase, the South MS District show.

Chloe Morris competed in Chester market hog at the South MS District Livestock show and the Dixie National Junior Show.

Mattie Gibson, Riley Gibson, and Emalynn Gibson showed market hogs at Stone County Junior livestock Showcase, South MS District Show, Dixie National Junior round-up.

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