The Patrick County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Patrick County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
Patrick County VCE Summer Interns Blog
Throughout the next 10 weeks, I will be sharing my experiences that will come along with an internship with the Patrick County Extension office. I will be working alongside Travis Bunn, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, as well as assisting the rest of the Patrick Extension agents and staff. Under their guidance, I will learn about the Virginia Cooperative Extension, its programs, and what is expected of an extension agent. During this experience, I will have the opportunity to grow and develop skills in communication, teamwork, public speaking, leadership, and management. I will additionally be able to learn more about agriculture and natural resources, which is a huge passion of mine. I will be helping Travis Bunn as he advises individuals in the community on issues pertaining to agriculture and natural resources. These issues can include weed control, soil analysis, livestock management, and many other issues.
I have had a great first couple of days and am really looking forward to what’s to come!
2018 Patrick County Farm Bureau Ag Expo
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Patrick County Fairgrounds
Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 28th
8:00a.m. - 10:00 a.m. -- All livestock entries (beef, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens) check-in and weigh in
10:00a.m. --Dairy Showmanship
11:00 a.m. -- Beef Showmanship, followed by beef classes by age
1:00 p.m. -- Goat Showmanship, followed by market goat & breeding meat goat.
2:30 p.m. -- Sheep Showmanship, followed by market lamb & junior ewe
4:00 p.m. -- Poultry Show
4:30 p.m. --Rabbit Show
1. Each contestant must be a 4-H or FFA member enrolled in a 4-H club or FFA chapter by January 1, 2018. Exhibitors must have turned nine years of age by January 1, 2018. Participation terminates on December 31 of the year of their nineteenth birthday.
2. Pee Wee Exhibitors ages 8 and younger may enter the showmanship classes for sheep, goats and chickens. An exhibitor must accompany children below age 5. **Pee Wee classes are sponsored by the Stuart Rotary Club and are not affiliated with the 4-H or FFA programs.
3. This Show is open to all residents of Virginia and North Carolina.
4. Exhibitors are free to leave once their portion of the show is complete.
5. A veterinarian will be at the fairgrounds from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. The veterinarian will inspect all livestock. Any or all animals not meeting the entry requirements and / or exhibiting any signs of disease or illness, may be refused entry, required to be isolated and/or required to be returned to the farm of origin. Health papers must be current to 30 days prior to the show. NO EXCEPTIONS!
6. There will be no premiums awarded at the Spring Patrick County Livestock Exposition, only ribbons in each category and banners or rosettes for grand and reserve champions. There are also no registration fees for this show. Lunch will be provided by the Patrick County Farm Bureau and the Patrick County Cattlemen’s Association for exhibitors. All others will be able to purchase their lunch from the Cattlemen’s Association.
7. All exhibitors must participate in one sheep, goat, beef, dairy or chicken showmanship class. You may participate in more than one showmanship class.
1. All entries (beef, dairy, sheep, goats, and chickens) must be postmarked by March 23, 2018 to Travis Bunn, PO BOX 408, Stuart, VA 24171. No adding entries, substituting, or switching of classes will be permitted.
2. If the animal gets away from the exhibitor two times it will be dismissed from the class. Animals shall be under the control of exhibitors at all times without the aid of tranquilizers or other drugs. Dangerous or drugged animals will be disqualified, and removed from show area. If it is determined that any animal poses a threat, the Show Committee reserves the right to disqualify the animal and remove it from the show areas. The safety of all exhibitors and animals is the primary concern.
3. All animals exhibited must be in good physical health. Any animal found with a disease that could be passed on to other animals will have to be isolated or removed immediately from the grounds. A veterinarian will make the final decision.
4. The Livestock Committee has the right to add, delete, or combine classes.