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Welcome to the GCLPA Junior Page. We hope you find our page useful and informational. My name is Caroline Burke, I am your current Junior Board President. I have been showing sheep for four years through Screven County FFA. Junior board has many fun events planned and mark your calendars so you won’t miss out. Check this page frequently for updates and news. If you ever have any questions or need help with anything you can contact me via email
at carols8601@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Caroline Burke
GJCLA President 2016-2017

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Health

A sound management program to keep animals healthy is a basic essential to production of sheep. Producers and exhibitors must observe animals closely to keep the operation healthy and productive.

There are several procedures that can be taken to ensure good health among the lambs. Maintenance such as worming (every 30 days), CD&T shots annually, trimming hooves, and annual vet checkups/visits should be up to date and often. Observe the lambs closely. Lamb issues can be detected by observing feces, snot, and even their personalities. A shift or change in their personalities’ is one of the biggest indicators to an issue or problem arising. It makes sense for this to be a large indicator because when we do not feel good we aren’t ‘ourselves’. If personality change is evident then research symptoms (from a credible source) or transport (if able) to vet soon. Time is a critical in the treatment of an issue or disease. When caught earlier it is more likely and faster the lamb(s) will recover. Keep in mind that lambs are prone to catching something when they leave the barn as well. Diseases and fungal issues are easy for lambs to contract when in a new environment with new animals (like shows, etc). Investing in an anti-fungi shampoo or treatment and a decent vet are some wise decisions. Monitoring lambs after trips are important as well to make sure all treatments were successful. Lambs are very complex individuals that demand correct health treatment and care practices. These practices will pay off in the end because a healthy lamb means a competitive lamb.

~ Meredith Camp, Sec

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What is showmanship?
Showmanship is an exhibitor’s ability to exhibit their lamb to the best of their ability in a calm but competitive attitude.
To be a good showman you need to remain calm, hoping that your attitude will keep your lamb calm as well.  To be competitive in Showmanship, you have to put the time in at home training.  Everyone says, "Practice makes perfect" and it's true!

Showmanship not only teachers you how to become a great showman it teaches you responsibility, determination, and if you put your mind to something you can reach your goal.

How to prepare?
Work daily at home, walking, setting up, moving as if a judge were watching you and one of the most important things I have found is to teach your lamb to be able to hold a brace for several minutes.  Often times in a showmanship class you might be in the ring for 20-25 minutes, you and your lamb do not need to run out of gas.  I have a large mirror at home, that way I can always check my lambs feet placing and side profile, but the mirror also allows me to look at my hand placing, posture, etc. The mirror is the best $10 I spent at Goodwill!
Your animal should be spotless clean, correctly clipped, ears cleaned.  You should also look your best, by wearing appropriate clothes- everything covered and nothing hanging out!  No distracting jewelry, no gum and definitely no cell phone.  The many hours spent at home with your sheep will be noticeable in show ring.
The judge looks for the Showman who has their animal set up correctly, quickly and one who doesn't quit showing under any circumstance.  All judges look for a few different things, but repetition and practice will pay off in the ring.

Always remember your main goal should be to have fun! Be grateful for those you meet along the way and those who maybe started this path with you.  They will always be your biggest cheerleaders, on good and bad days.  


~Hanna Beth Richardson, Vice-President

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What to do to do to prepare your lamb before a show
By Mason Sims

In order to do your very best, the work for a show starts at home weeks before you arrive at the show.  This article will give you some ideas of things to do in preparation of your show lamb so that you and your lamb can be prepared to do your very best!

 

You and your lamb
It’s important to build a partnership with your lamb.  Once your lambs has spent time with you, it will be much easier to work with them and they will be more willing to do what you ask of them.  In addition to just spending time, you need to condition your lamb to walk without a halter and stand when ask.  The more you work with your lamb, the easier it will be when you get to the show.

What supplies you will need
Here is a list of basic supplies that you will need to start:
Clippers
Skin conditioner
Hoof trimmers
Brush
Blower
Stand

Feeding your show lamb
As you are working with your show lamb, it is important to ‘handle’ your lamb often to make sure you are feeding enough or see if you are feeding too much.  The areas to pay attention to include the rack and loin area.  The loin area should feel firm and toned and will continue to develop as the lamb grows. 
Understanding what your lamb’s condition will help you determine if you need to adjust feed, cut back on exercise or add more exercise.  It‘s best to give your lamb time to grow and develop muscle before you start a heavy exercise program.
Remember, the work starts weeks before a show.  It is important to know what to do to get your lamb ready so that show day you will be able to go out and show off all the hard work you have put into your lamb project.  If you do these things and do them regularly when you get to the show, you and your lamb will be able to go out into the ring and just have fun! 

Always remember your main goal should be to have fun! Be grateful for those you meet along the way and those who maybe started this path with you.  They will always be your biggest cheerleaders, on good and bad days.  

 


 

Junior Membership Form

 

Officer/Board Member Application

 

President Caroline Burke
Vice President HannaBeth Richardson
Sec/Tres Meredith Camp
Brd. Member Mason Sims
Brd. Member Emma Long
Brd. Member Gabe Parker
Brd. Member Cailin Smith
Adult Advisor Shannon Porter
Adult Advisor Sammie Jo Williams

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What to look for at the sheep sale:
As spring time finally rolls around, so does the time to buy a new set of market lambs for the summer. Today, I am going to give you a few tips that I follow when picking a winner. Usually, when I go to a sale I look at the animals before they are auctioned off, and try to get a good idea of what I want to buy. It is very important to know what you're looking for when you buy your animals. Always be prepared. And if you couldnt get anything in the real auction itself, take a look at the no sale lambs after the fact.


 

How do I find a good market lamb?
When you are picking your project, you always need to look for a well structure sheep. For example, a well structured sheep will have well-aligned legs and a nice even top line. But, a bad structured lamb will have its legs turned in or bowed out. (My personal nickname for a bow legged sheep is a banana legged sheep. ) Not to mention they will probably have a more uneven top line, and lack good bone structure. Now, you may find yourself wondering why bone structure is important. Well, If a lamb is not stable and stout on it's feet, it takes away that animal's ability to carry a good amount of product.

My struggle
When I look for lambs, I generally try to search for taller built sheep. As a tall person, when early shows roll around I always need a taller sheep to take into the showring. So, I generally search for what we call an 'older style' lamb for my showmanship needs and purposes.
I hope that this article has been helpful and that you now have a better understanding about sheep sales and what to look for.

~ Emma Long, Treasurer

 

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Feeding for the Win!
By:  Calin Smith, Screven County

Everyone wants that big blingy belt buckle. We all strive for the purple banner. Maybe it's a plaque or your picture in the paper.  Whatever the prize, we all want the glory of winning.  Do you ever wonder what goes into winning?

Everyone tells you hard work, dedication, and faith.  But it goes way beyond those types of things.  If you want to win you need to get things right from the ground up.  One of the most basic things can have a major impact on your lamb.  I'm talking about feed. Who would have thought a minor detail like feed could make a difference in first and second place? Let’s take a look at what feeds you should look into so that standing in second place isn't an option.
Just like with human food, always look at the label.  With lamb feed, the most important things to look at are the protein and crude fat percentages.  Most feeds will range from 2-4% crude fat and 15-18% protein.  Here are some popular examples: 


COMMON FEEDS

% PROTEIN

% CRUDE FAT

Purina

18

3.5

Southern States

18

4

Godfrey’s

16

3.5

Moorman’s Showtech ADM

18

2.5

Show Rite

17

3

FRM Show Gold

18

3

Along with a good quality feed, you will need to add supplements to further enhance the nutrition that your lamb is receiving.  Supplying supplements to your lamb is very much like humans taking vitamins.  Supplements are an important additive to your daily feed routine.  Common supplements include:


SUPPLEMENT TYPE

 

Gut Candy

Reduces scours, builds digestion, gets rid of bad bacteria

Oxy Pop

Aids muscle and bone development, improves disease prevention, makes a bigger eater out of the animal, reduces stress, better blood flow, increases  endurance

4 U 2 Win

Vitamin E, wheat Germ Oil, Wheat Germ Meal, Molasses product, Bicarb and Diamond V yeast,, B12, microbial

Heavy Weight

Fat supplement, can be added to water for easier digestion

Champion Drive

Builds muscle, Trims fat

Show Rite Stamina

A fat top dressing, 100% wheat germ oil

Show Rite Muscle
in Motion

High protein, produces fleshy appearance

Once you have a handle on the right type of feed and supplements for your lambs, you will hopefully see a major difference in the overall composition and appearance of your lambs.  Remember, feed can be what brings home the purple banner.  After all, 2nd place is 1st to losing.  Happy feeding!

 

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More Information to follow, all information will be available in Perry at the GA Junior National. 
We will have a meeting to inform everyone interested.