Young Farmers Take Home Trophies

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Joy and Mark McGill at the 2009 Albemarle County Fair.

Joy and Mark McGill of Crozet show off their trophies in the 4-H livestock competition at the Albemarle County Fair July 30. Mark, a fifth grader, won Grand Champion Market Goat. He also won the meat goat class and placed second in the meat goat showmanship novice class. Joy, a fourth grader, was second in the Lamb Showmanship Novice class and third in the market meat goat class. They also entered the market lamb and market poultry competitions. They are the children of Jerry and Lois McGill and are home schooled. “They love their animals,” said Lois, “and they do the full care of them.”

The competition included 31 young farmers from across Albemarle. In the market classes, Dakota Pullaro won the Grand Champion Market Steer, Jeremy Walker won the Grand Champion Market Lamb and Austyn Bessette won the Grand Champion Market Chicken. In the breeding classes, Peyton Maddox won Grand Champion Junior Chicken and Hunter Marshall won the Grand Champion Senior Chicken. Dakota Pullaro won Grand Champion Yearling Ewe. Dakota Pullaro also won a Herdsman Award for outstanding overall participation showing a steer and Mark McGill won a Shepherd’s Award for outstanding overall participation showing a lamb.