Marias River Livestock Association recognizes the hard work and time 4-Hers put in not only to bring breeding stock to the Marias Fair, but also to care for them prior to the fair and until the next year.
The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project that will serve to become the foundation of a future breeding herd. It is the goal of MRLA to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.
The first year awards are for the two top bred yearling heifers, and the second year awards are for the top two cow/calf pairs that are owned by the youth and intended for the development of future breeding herds.
Selection is based on a two part criteria. One part is based on how well the animal scores in the Marias Fair breeding classes. This helps determine the overall quality of the animal as a future herd replacement. The more important part is how well the youth does in an interview. This interview helps determine the youth's overall knowledge of their project, as well as future goals and aspirations. It also recognizes the youth's involvement in the Livestock industry.
MRLA works hard to promote a healthy, competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth are a very important component of that. We thank everyone in our four county area for their support.
The bred heifer awards are:
The return heifer with calf at side awards:
Not every 4-Her brings an animal to the Marias Fair, but that should not prevent them from being able to promote the livestock industry in other forms. Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Allow 4-Hers to connect with the livestock Industry.
Marias River Livestock Association has developed a new award for the Marias Fair with these goals in mind:
This award is presented to youth participating in the demonstrations at the Marias Fair.
Awards were based on a combination of the 4-H judge's score and the MRLA Judges' score for depth of knowledge on the topic that the demonstration was about.