The 27th Annual Georgia Beef Futurity took place on July 13-15, 2017 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. The Georgia Junior Beef Futurity is hosted cooperatively between Georgia FFA and Georgia 4-H.
To enter, you must be a current FFA or 4-H member; 4-H’ers must be in the 4th grade on Sept. 1, 2017 to compete. In addition to the heifer and steer shows, eligible participants can enter the Scholarship and Stockman’s Quiz Contests.
Five - $500 Scholarships were awarded during this year’s Futurity. Participants were required to have a heifer or steer entered; be a 12th grade student in the 2017-2018 school year (rising high school Senior); and only compete for the Scholarships once. This contest consists of three parts 1) Junior Cattlemen’s Quiz Contest 2) Showmanship Contest and 3) Written Essay Contest. You must compete in all three sections. The Junior Cattlemen’s Quiz Contest is a general quiz on all facets of the beef cattle industry- feeds, forages, identification of breeds and equipment, etc., the Showmanship section was determined by how well the applicant placed in 12th grade Scholarship Showmanship, and the Essay section required writing an essay or answering an essay-type question relating to the beef cattle industry.
Four of the five scholarships were restricted to Georgia residents; the remaining scholarship was available to an out-of-state exhibitor. FFA and 4-H members from Southeastern states Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee were also invited to compete.
Gordon County 4-H’ers Brent McDaniel and Olivia Tierce competed in this year’s Futurity with each exhibiting their heifers. In Showmanship, Olivia was Grand Champion Showman in 9th grade and Brent placed tenth in 10th grade competition. Brent also placed first in his Angus Class and advanced to compete in the Champion Drive.