Ellis County Youth Expo

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2017 Schedule – Tentative

Sunday, April 2, 2016
8:00 AM – All livestock may begin arriving.
3:00 PM – Weigh Market Goats
Upon completion of Goats – Weigh Market Lambs (Classification Orders will be posted)

Monday, April 3, 2016
11:00 AM – Weigh Market Swine (Classification Orders will be posted)
1:00 PM – Check-in Broilers and Breeding Rabbits
2:00 PM – Weigh Market Rabbits
5:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies
6:00 PM – Broiler and Breeding Rabbit Show
7:00 PM – Market Rabbit Show – immediately following Breeding Rabbit Show

Tuesday, April 4, 2016
10:00 AM – All livestock must be in place, except heifers.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Shop Projects Arrive, MUST BE CHECKED IN BY 6:00 P.M.
1:00 PM – PeeWee Lamb Showmanship
1:00 PM – Market Lamb Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
4:00 PM – Weigh Market Steers (Classification Orders will be posted)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Check in items for Creative Arts
5:00 PM – PeeWee Goat Showmanship
5:00 PM – Market Goat Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship

Wednesday, April 5, 2016
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Check in items for Creative Arts
8:00 AM – Judging of all Shop Projects
9:30 AM – Begin Creative Arts Judging
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM – Public viewing of Creative Arts
2:00 PM – Market Swine Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
5:00 PM – PeeWee Swine Showmanship
4:00 PM – Release Creative Arts Projects
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Check Heifer papers. Heifers must be in place.

Thursday, April 6, 2016

Friday, April 7, 2016
10:00 AM – A Day In The Ring
1:00 PM – Ag. Mechanics award presentation. Projects will be released after awards.
3:00 PM – Heifer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
5:00 PM – Cattle Showmanship
5:00 PM – Market Steer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship


Saturday, April 8, 2016
9:00 AM – All Non-Sale Animals must be out of the barn!
11:00 AM – BBQ Lunch
12:00 PM – Opening Sale Announcements
12:00 PM – Sale

Monday, April 10, 2016
5:00 PM – EXPO CLEANUP!!!!!!!!!!!

Show Superintendents

Market Steers: Tommy Rossa, Moe Francis, Ricky Johnston, Mike Gleason
Market Lambs: Rodney Rankin, Candice Jones, Pam Underwood, Rodney Pickard
Market Goats: Tom Moore, Wes Jones, Lee Keele, John Middleton
Market Swine: Dusty Autrey, Chris Bradberry, Gene Sellers
Market Broilers: Keith Shaw, Tommy Hendrickson, Robby Dudley
Market/Breeding Rabbits: Mark Bosher
Breeding Heifers: Chuck Buchholz, Doug Kuykendall, Bill Foshea, Sid Kuykendall, Randy Johnston
Ag Mechanics: Shawn Yarbrough, RC Cunningham, Tim Vines, Steve Ratliff
Creative Arts: Linda Trojan, Karen Arnold, Cam Jackson, Rita Hodges, Carly Rejcek, Katie Hobbs, Heather Dineen, Melinda Hines


Market Steers and Breeding Heifers: Ryan Cummins
Mr. Cummins graduated from Brenham High School and attended Clarendon Junior College receiving an Associates Degree in Science and was on the outstanding and competitive livestock judging team. Two years later, Mr. Cummins graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. While at OSU, he was a member of the prestigious and award winning Livestock Judging Team that was extremely competitive during the years of 2002-2003. Mr. Cummins has also attended Sam Houston State University where he furthered his educational goals by earning a Masters Degree in Agriculture in the summer of 2008 with the addition of a Texas Teaching Certificate in Agricultural Education.

To date, Mr. Cummins has judged a variety of market and breeding cattle, sheep, swine and goat shows in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Mr.Cummins believes that showmanship and experience is crucial to being successful in the show ring and that it’s a continual learning process.

Currently residing in Texas with his young family and daughters, Mr. Cummins enjoys spending time with Raynie and Maekenna (his daughters) and Brycen (his son), judging livestock shows, and helping young people become successful in many forms of Agricultural endeavors.

Market Swine: Cassidy Hayes
Cassidy Hayes is from Port Lavaca, TX and grew up on a diversified row-crop operation producing corn, cotton, milo and soybeans. At age 13, he started his own show pig operation with two sows and over the past 13 years it has developed into a 50 sow operation known on the national level as HF Genetics. He attended Blinn College and Texas A&M University on livestock judging scholarships and was fortunate to have been on several championship teams. Following graduation, Cassidy stayed at TAMU to work on his Master’s degree and coach the livestock judging team. That culminated in 2013 with a National Championship in Louisville, KY. Along with managing the day-to-day at HF Genetics, Cassidy judges many swine shows from California to the Midwest.

Market Broilers: Paul Booth
Mr. Booth graduated college at Sam Houston State University with his Masters of Education degree in 1983. Mr. Booth started teaching in SE Texas around the Beaumont area and in 1990 was hired at Midlothian HS where he taught for 18 years. Mr. Booth finished his teaching career in 2015 teaching in the Northside ISD in San Antonio at Sandra Day O’Connor HS. Students under Mr. Booth’s supervision have placed many pens of broilers at all of the Major Shows in Texas.

Mr. Booth has coached 32 State qualifying teams in the FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, winning the Texas State Contest and the National FFA Contest 4 times. Mr. Booth is currently serving on the National Poultry Career Development Event Committee and is currently employed by Texas Tech University where he is assisting in the supervision of students doing their Students Teaching Semester. Mr. Booth is also teaching an Occupational Leadership Class at Texas Tech this semester.

Ag Mechanics: Don McGuffin and Warren Maher
Mr. Maher graduated from Tarleton State University and I have been teaching Ag at S&S High School for 22 years

Market Lambs and Goats: Jimmy Davis
Mr. Davis lives in Walters, Oklahoma and has taught Agriculture Science for 25 years and has served as the FFA advisor. In addition, Mr. Davis raises Hampshire Show Lambs and Breeding Stock.

Market and Breeding Rabbits: Frank Farrow
Mr. Farrow has been an ARBA judge since 1976. He has judged numerous shows, including most county shows and major livestock shows, across the State of Texas. Mr. Farrow and his wife currently reside in East Texas, where they raise Californians, Dutch, Mini Lops, and other meat rabbits. This year, he raised and sold nearly 5000 rabbits for various shows. Mr. Farrow enjoys working with young people and their rabbit projects, but also likes to make a point of not selling any rabbits for a show where he be the judge.