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Ross Hinnant of Wilson was the top winner in the North Carolina State Fair Junior Livestock Show last week.
Ross earned the grand champion market steer and grand champion junior beef showman titles.
His grand champion junior market steer had a winning bid of $22,000 placed by N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance in the Livestock Sale of Champions on Oct. 13.
Junior winners in the N.C. State Fair livestock shows sold a record $190,000 for their top steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys.
“The support of our junior livestock program is tremendous, and we are proud that so many businesses and organizations turned out to support the hard work of all these junior exhibitors,” North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a news release. “The money raised will go a long way toward college educations, scholarships and educational outreach.”
Jessica Anderson, livestock agent in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson County, said “the hard work and dedication that goes into raising livestock projects is second to none.”
“I am so proud of our Wilson County participants at the North Carolina State Fair exhibiting beef cattle, swine, sheep and goats,” Anderson said. “Whether or not they brought home a blue ribbon or a big banner, I am proud of each and every one of these kids for putting in the effort and determination into getting their projects ready to compete at a state level.”
Anderson said the competitors, their parents and their families put in “countless hours” at home.
“The drive that some of our youth exhibit at such a young age makes me excited for what is to come,” Anderson said. “The future of livestock in Wilson County is in good hands.”
Other winners from Wilson included Kate Hinnant, reserve champion feeder steer overall, reserve champion progress steer, class winner — junior market steer; Sloane Hinnant, grand champion novice lamb showman; Liza Sullivan, grand champion novice market goat showman, class winner — commercial junior beef heifer; Logan Ballance, class winner — crossbred junior breeding gilt; T Sharp, class winner — crossbred junior breeding gilt; Annah Claire Sullivan, class winner — feeder calf;
Adult winners at the fair included Abi Parker, reserve grand champion prospect steer; Crissty Scott, reserve champion crossbred breeding gilt, reserve champion overall breeding gilt; Daniel Sharp, grand champion performance market hog; Scott Show Pigs bred the reserve champion and the Got to Be N.C. Champion Market Barrow, exhibited by Taylor Glover of Pikeville.