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Brandon Boughen: Extension to hold livestock jamboree

The Denton County 4-H Livestock Coalition will hold its inaugural Livestock Jamboree at the North Texas Fairgrounds on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for attendance and lunch will be provided thanks to our generous sponsors.

This jamboree is open to all youth and adults in Denton County who want to learn more about what it takes to raise and show livestock. We will have local and state experts on hand to discuss selection, care, housing, health, nutrition and exhibition. We will cover horses, beef cattle, lambs, goats, hogs, rabbits and poultry through concurrent sessions at this one day event.

We recognize that the true purpose of a livestock project is that our youth understand what hard work and dedication can lead to in the show ring, but it is the lessons they gain along the way that are everlasting. A lot of people like the idea of keeping and showing livestock and don’t truly understand what it takes to care for an animal whether it is a broiler chicken or a horse. This is why we have gathered up local livestock producers and subject knowledge experts to help address these issues before someone chooses to buy livestock without first truly understanding what is required on a daily basis.

We will have plenty of food and great prizes to help get the youngsters started. No RSVP is necessary. If you have questions, or for more information, call 940-349-2880.

BRANDON W. BOUGHEN, MAg, is the Denton County extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He can be reached at 940-349-2894 or by e-mail at