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Livestock contest Feb. 11

By John Miller, 02/2/22 4:21 PM

PRESCOTT – More than 600 students from 40 schools across the state will be coming to Prescott on Feb. 11 for a crew development event.

Stacy Stone, county agent for the Nevada County Extension Service, said this will include 4-H and FFA students and is being put on by the Extension Service.

The students will compete in a variety of agriculture-related events, all vying for individual honors, team honors and the Sweepstake Award for the school winning the most points. Stone said the students will compete in dairy food contests, electricity, forestry, horse judging, land judging, livestock, poultry and veterinary science. At this time, the livestock division has the most entries with 151, and there will college students from the University of Arkansas, the University of Minnesota and Eastern Oklahoma State College. This event will be held at the OYEA facility at Prescott High School with Dennis Guidry, Dr. Bryan Kutz and Lauren Priddy in charge. Animals will be provided from the OYEA program, RPS ranch, Rolling Hills Farm, SWREC, Stone livestock, PHFF and Plyler and Son Charolais.

Contests will be held throughout the area including: the EHC building, arts and crafts building, rodeo arena, Ed and Mary Godwin property, Southwest Arkansas Research and Extension Center, beef barn and the Potlatch Building.

Lunch will be provided by Farm Credit, while the Prescott School District will provide buses to transport the students to the different locations for competition.

Schools participating are: Alma, Ashdown, Beebe, Bismarck, Jonesboro Westside, Bradley, Clinton, DeQueen, Ouachita, Foreman, Fouke, Farmington, Greenbrier, Hampton, Heber Springs, Hermitage, Hope, Horatio, Mena, Drew Central, Mt. Ida, Murfreesboro, Magnolia, Prescott, Quitman, Rose bud, Sheridan, Texarkana, Cossatot River, Crossett, Centerpoint, Glen Rose, Dierks, Acorn, Smackover, Dover, Mayflower, Jessieville, Mountain Pine, Green County Tech, Greene County, Nevada County Polk County and White County. DeQueen is sending the largest number of students at 46.

Stone said he would like to make this an annual event and add a division for college students next year if the interest is there.