The Valdosta Daily Times
- — Lowndes FFA Livestock Team members from FFA chapters of Pine Grove Middle, Lowndes Middle and Lowndes High faced the heat of hot weather and tough competition at the Georgia Beef Futurity held at the Georgia Agricenter in Perry in July to bring home several top placings in the show.
Landon Herring, ninth grade at Lowndes High led the way by capturing top honors by exhibiting the Champion Angus Division Steer. Morgan Rowan also an upcoming Lowndes High 9th grader won the Reserve Champion All-Other-Breed Division Steer. Morgan also placed eighth in ninth grade showmanship. Trevor Ross, eigth grade Lowndes Middle, placed second in class of the Simmental Steers. Colby Ross also of Lowndes Middle placed fifth in his Shorthorn Steer Class. Ben Herring, eleventh grade at Lowndes High placed second in the Maine Influence Division and fourth in Charolais Steers. Ben Also placed seventh in eleventh grade showmanship. Sam Herring, eleventh grade Lowndes High, placed fourth in Chi-Influence Steers. First time exhibitors were Pine Grove FFA members TJ Faircloth and Clay Parker. TJ placed first in class of Shorthorn Steers and Clay Parker placed seventh in class of Maine Influence Steers.
In the heifer show, Ben herring exhibited the Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer and Landon Herring exhibited placed third in class on Commercial Heifers.
At the show there were over 400 head of steers and heifers shown by students from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Students from Lowndes FFA have been working with their beef cattle projects since April and will exhibit at a number of shows throughout the year culminating with Valdosta Area Beef Show and Sale in March 2013. The students spend many hours walking, grooming, and practicing showmanship with their animals. They learn many lessons about animal care, nutrition, and the importance of animal agriculture while managing the project.