College - Author 1
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department - Author 1
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Agricultural Science
Megan Silcott, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Education and Communication Department
“Competition is said to be the backbone of the stock show industry,” (Davis, 1998). A statement spoken in a 1998 thesis paper on the junior livestock industry still holds water in today’s world. Youth livestock exhibition, especially in California, continues to grow in the number of youth participants and the number of livestock entries at shows (Switzer, 2019).
It is the responsibility of livestock breeders to breed, raise, and sell their livestock to maximize the opportunity for youth to acquire livestock to show. In his research, Wendt discusses the capabilities of purchasing livestock through online platforms. He speaks to the wide variety of livestock outside of Oklahoma, where the study was conducted, and how much easier it was to find stock on the internet for his agricultural students (Wendt, 2014). Although technology has advanced to market and sell livestock in a digital era, the practicality of modern day live auctions will remain intact
Livestock exhibition and youth livestock sales promote improvement in life skills. Future education goals in youths were reported to be positively impacted around those who are involved in the livestock industry (Evans, 2019). The industry only exists if it is continually feed by consumers. There are hundreds of live and online sales each year, so it was only fitting to bring one to the Central Valley of California. Consigners from across the United States have already shown interest in the sale and the author noted providing another opportunity for youth to purchase show quality livestock exists. The author will establish a youth livestock sale called the Saturday Night Live Sale and it will be hosted in Modesto, California.