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4-H members meet for livestock school

The New Mexico State University 4-H Livestock School brought together 4-H members from across the state June 26-29 in Albuquerque at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

The 275 students participated in workshops and hands-on learning to improve their showmanship skills during the four-day event. Each student was allowed to bring two animals.

The livestock school consisted of five smaller schools for lambs, dairy heifers, meat goats, pigs and steers. This was done so that participants could receive specific attention and help with their animals.

When not in the show ring, students attended workshops to learn about the general care of livestock, such as proper nutrition, grooming and care during a fair.

At the end of the school, the students took part in a showmanship contest to display the skills they had learned.

"We're getting excellent reviews about the livestock school this year. The end result is what the kids got out of it and how much they enjoyed it," said Rick Richardson, 4-H specialist.

The NMSU 4-H program is dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to develop leadership and communication skills, positive self-esteem and personal responsibility.