Gulf County 4-H students show steer during the West Florida Livestock Show. [ Anitra Mayhann | Contributed ]
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Gulf County 4-Hers have great success at West Florida Livestock Show

By Anitra Mayhann | Guest Columnist

Gulf County 4-H youth participated in the West Florida Livestock Show in Quincy, Florida on March 6 and 7. The twelve youth that participated were Jared, Allie, Travis and Adam Archibald, Conner and Ellie Olsen, Ava and Riata Peck, Ashley Tucker, Sadie Scoffield, and Camden and Coulton Winder. 

This activity is known as the annual 4-H steer and swine livestock project. For each youth to participate in this event, there are certain requirements that must be fulfilled within a short time frame. 

The 4-H youth members learned self discipline and responsibility through the process of this project. Youth have fed, watered, gentled and groomed their steer. The steers must be trained to be led by a halter and to be loaded in a trailer for travel before the show. 

The youth also have had the responsibility of tracking expenses and logging feed consumption. Youth learn the importance of feeding the correct amount at the same time each day and have worked extremely hard preparing their steer and swine for the show and sale since last summer. The youth represented Gulf County very well in the show and brought home multiple awards for their hard work and dedication.  

To kick things off, Sadie Scoffield had a big win! She and her swine, “Her Swiney,” brought home Grand Champion. The awards and placings are as follows: 



Gulf County 4-H youth brought home multiple awards. [ Anitra Mayhann | Contributed ]


1st place Junior Division:  Ellie Olson, Adam Archibald, and Jace Winder

2nd Place Junior Division:  Ava Peck, Travis Archibald, Conner Olson, Coulton Winder

4th Place Senior Division:  Allie Archibald, Jarod Archibald, Camden Winder, Riata Peck


1st Place Junior Division:  Travis Archibald

3rd Place Senior Division:  Camden Winder



1st place Junior Division:  Conner Olsen

2nd Place Junior Division:  Ashley Tucker

3rd Place Junior Division:  Sadie Scoffield

Weight Class C:

1st Sadie Scoffield

2nd Conner Olsen

Weight Class B:

1st Ellie Olsen

Weight Class A:

1st Ashley Tucker

Grand Champion:

Sadie Scoffield

Reserve Grand Champion:

Ellie Olsen


Junior Showmanship:

2nd Ava Peck

4th Conner Olsen

Weight Class C:

2nd Ava Peck

5th Coulton Winder

6th Camden Winder

7th Allie Archibald

Weigh Class D:

2nd Travis Archibald

3rd Jarod Archibald

4th Adam Archibald

5th Conner Olsen

6th Riata Peck


1st Ava Peck

2nd Jared Archibald

3rd Travis Archibald

4th Riata Peck

5th Conner Olsen

9th Adam Archibald

9th Coulton Winder

10th Camden Winder

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: B. J. Moore Swine Spirit Award:  Conner Olsen / Bernard Clark Herdsman Award:  Adam Archibald / Joshua Timothy Wilder Memorial Award:  Adam Archibald

Congratulations to all Gulf County 4-H Livestock Club Members! Well Done!

On a heartfelt note, the overwhelming outpour of love and support for the late Mr. Michael Archibald and his family were felt throughout the show. Michael had a great love for agriculture and a strong desire to help the livestock club grow.  He leaves an amazing legacy behind with his 5 children whom he loved dearly, four of whom participated in this year’s steer project.  

The Gulf County 4-H and Livestock youth want to thank our buyers and supporters, without them this project would not be successful.

Buyers: Francis Hinson of GCEC, Deseret, Beau Hatcher of ADM, Stuart Shoaf of St. Joe Gas, The Feed Store of Havana, Eddie Holman of Mile Pond and Elite Construction, George Crenshaw of D&B Properties of Madison, Florida Cattleman’s Association Past & Present Members, Beard Equipment/John Deere


Livestock Project Supporters: Gulf County Cattleman’s Association, Miller Heating & Air, Taunton Truss, Comforter Funeral Home, Ramsey’s Printing, David Rich’s IGA, Kilgore Brick, Mize Plumbing, UPS, The Westerner, Gulf North Enterprises Inc., Wewa Outdoors, Cox Transmission, Appliance Doc of NWFL, Farm Bureau, Barkman Apiaries, Pettis Pest Services, Bayside Resell LLC, In due season Property Services, Robyn Rennick, 98 Real Estate, Duren’s Piggly Wiggly, Ake’s Septic Inc. and Miss Emily Flowers.