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Memories of 4-H

Friday, October 26, 2012

Joshua Rollins has been competing in cattle competitions for years, and has taken many top prizes. He says the awards don't quite match the experiences he's had, the friends he's made and the skills he's acquired.
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I have always heard my mama say, 'time flies.' I didn't take her seriously until I attended my last 4-H show. Now I wonder where the time went.

I started showing Angus cattle when I was 10 years old in 4-H, and it has made my future a lot brighter. This is how.

When I started, it was to show cattle and that was all. It wasn't long until showing cattle turned into livestock judging, showing goats, honor club, 4-H camp and beef camp. In the past eight years, there are a lot of things I will never forget.

Here are some of those memories. I hope that you will join 4-H so you can collect memories of your own.

My first 4-H Expo show was in Nashville. I was told by others that Black Angus cattle was a hard breed to show and win, but Mr. Armstrong told me there are two things we could do -- buy or raise cattle that can compete and work hard. That is when my parents and I sat down and talked about winning and losing.

That year I won farm-bred with my Angus heifer. I started to learn more about breeding my heifers so they could compete with others. I always wanted them to look as good as I could fit them.

My best memory of 4-H came in 2006, when I had the reserve champion Angus, grand champion farm-bred Angus, and reserve champion commercial heifer.

In 2007 and 2008, I had the champion farm-bred Angus heifer. In 2011, I leased a Charolais heifer to show and was grand champion at Expo. This year I had the farm-bred Angus grand champion.

I have been on the cover page of the Tennessee Cattle Business, in the Angus Journal, and two fair covers.

Thanks to 4-H, I have shown all over the state of Tennessee, in Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska.

I have learned a lot about the cattle business through my showing and judging. I was 10th in the district this year in the livestock judging contest.

I know I talk about ribbons and awards, but 4-H is more. It's about the people, the experiences, the life -- long skills, the memories and the county fairs. It's about being a role model, giving back, and making the best better.

I want to thank 4-H, my parents, grandparents, and the many friends I have made for their help and support.

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