Taylor FFA members Will Barton and Jack Hoyle brought home top honors in State Livestock Show this fall.
FFA and 4-H members all over the state participate in raising livestock projects for exhibition in local, state and national shows. Students select the animals, feed, exercise, train and care for them for months in preparation for competition.
The first ever Arkansas Youth Expo was held in Fayetteville in early October. FFA and 4-H members from all over the state participated in the event. Will Barton had a division champion cross bred hog and went on the be named the Overall Supreme Champion Market hog for the Expo. He is the son of Jason and Kelli Barton and is a sophomore at Taylor High School.
Jack Hoyle won both the light weight and heavy weight market goat division championships and was named the Overall Supreme Champion Market Goat in the Celebration of Champions. He is the son of Scott and Christy Hoyle and is a junior at THS. Both boys were awarded a Cimarron Trailer for a year for their Championships.
After the Arkansas Youth Expo, students moved on to participate in the Arkansas State Fair Livestock Show in Little Rock. Even though there was no fair held this year, students were thankful to be able to participate in the livestock show events.
Jack Hoyle was named the Senior Champion goat showman. He also won the heavy weight market goat division and was chosen as the Supreme Overall Market Goat at the Arkansas State Fair.
Riley Hoyle, also of Taylor FFA, had the Reserve Overall Champion Market Goat. She exhibited the Champion Arkansas bred market goat and he exhibited the Reserve Grand Arkansas bred goat and the Champion Commercial Doe.
Will Barton was chosen as the Champion 15-year-old hog showman and exhibited the fourth Overall Market Hog at the State Fair Livestock Show.
These three Taylor FFA members qualified to participate the Sale of Champions at the conclusion of the State Fair.