Marisa Linton See

Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock in NC. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for 15 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger.

Scholarship Highlight–Tristen Fulton Chases Dreams Across the Nation and Globe

When it comes to becoming a veterinarian, there is no doubt there is a lot of school involved that comprises of some hard classes. Even during undergraduate pre-vet classes, there are some doozies. Almost every student second guesses their choice in career, and some just give up. However, for those who keep their eye on the goal of becoming a vet and are willing to put in the hard work, those goals are realized. Tristen Fulton has a dream of becoming a vet and a goal of opening her own clinic that focuses on cattle reproduction and specialize in embryology….

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Poise, Confidence, Character, and a Bit of Swag

Apollo the pig entered the ring with a bit of attitude. Gideon, my brother, was guiding him around the show ring calmly, asking Apollo to walk at a nice pace and make a few turns in front of the judge. I stood from the sidelines figuratively biting my nails because I had managed to break that habit many years ago. I was in danger of starting back up again, though. I’m always nervous for my little brothers in the show ring, especially this time. Apollo had been known to be super hard-headed, but Gideon had worked hard at home to…

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Beef Tour helps youth network and learn valuable knowledge in cattle industry

One goal for youth livestock is to go beyond the basics. It is important that youth learn aspects about the industry, network with others, and be able to advocate for their industry. The Youth Beef Industry Tour does just that for youth interested and involved in the beef industry. Over the course of three days, 17 youth traveled all over the state to deepen their learning about the beef industry as well as the cattle industry as a whole. They learned how to be better cattleman, and women, and learned about opportunities in the future. The first stop of the…

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3 brothers and a goat named John

Meet the Henson brothers—Noah, Jesse, and Caleb. They live in the mountain town of Canton. Every year, they set goals for the season and do their best to achieve them. During last year’s fair season, they had a goal that revolved around a goat named John. They knew the goat was special, and they wanted to make sure he reached his full potential by the time he was shown at the N.C. State Fair. After hard work all season, it was time to walk in the ring with John. The only thing left was to hope that the judge thought…

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NC State Fair Livestock Scholarship recipients honored

With the last truckload of livestock sold at the NC State Fair Sale of Champions, the lights dim and everyone goes home, exhausted but happy. While the sale has ended the impact has not. The NC State Fair Sale of Champions is more than just a one-night sale. It is more than supporting the youth who exhibited the champion animals. The Sale of Champions impacts hundreds of youth across the state of North Carolina. Proceeds from the sale are divided into different areas: 60 percent of the auction total is awarded to the individual NC State Fair Jr. Livestock Show…

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Students participate in fowl play at the State FFA Poultry Judging Contest

FFA students from across the state recently came to Raleigh to participate in “fowl play” by competing in the State FFA Poultry Judging Competition. A record 88 teams competed at the contest this year. The event’s purpose is to encourage students to learn more about the poultry industry in the areas of production and management, processing, marketing and consumption of poultry products. Youth prepare months in advance for the big day at the state contest by studying, practicing and soaking up all the knowledge they can so they can be successful in all parts of competition. There are nine sections to…

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Scholarship Spotlight: Liz-Anne Earle’s Texas dreams and North Carolina Facetimes

It was the final show of the Eastern Carolina Lamb Showmanship circuit. Points were close between competitors. This show would determine the circuit champions and who would win the belt buckle. Everyone watched with baited breath to see if the novice showman, although young and cute, could show a lamb as good as the most-seasoned showman. The judge deliberated. Finally, he made his decision and shook the winner’s hand. The audience erupted in applause and hollered. There was one scream, though that could be heard all the way from Texas. Liz-Anne Earl grew up showing cattle and lambs in North…

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Nance family invests in youth at Meat Goat Leadership Institute

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Nance have a passion for both the meat goat industry and for youth. The result is a yearly 4-H meat goat leadership institute made possible by an endowment from the couple. The 8th Annual Billy Nance Family 4-H Meat Goat Leadership Institute was held on Feb. 10 at the N.C. State University Beef Education Unit in Raleigh. Youth learned about more than goats, though. They also gained skills to become an effective leader in their communities and beyond. The institute invites youth ages 10-19 to apply, and the top applicants are selected to attend the day-long…

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For the Love of Livestock

Showing livestock, as so many youth and families in North Carolina do, is not an easy thing. It is not as simple as walking an animal around a ring, accepting a ribbon, and having your picture taken. The days are long and include hours working with your animal, making sure it stands just so. These hours are longer when that goat or steer decides to be exasperatingly stubborn and rebellious. The work is hard. Many a showman have earned their share of blisters from shoveling manure or playing tug of war with an animal. The experience is messy. Mud-caked boots…

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NC State Fair Livestock Scholarship Program Helps Fund FFA Livestock Judging Contest

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. The N.C. State Fair Livestock Scholarship Program provides more than scholarships for college students. It also provides funds for youth competing in 4-H and FFA livestock events throughout the year and across the state. The FFA livestock judging competition is one such an…

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