Photo: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The 7th Annual Legislative Livestock Showdown took place this past Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the New South Arena in Perry, Georgia as part of the Georgia National Fair. The event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia National fair, resulted in a third consecutive win for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Members of the Georgia General Assembly divided into two teams, the House team and the Senate team, and matched with students of Georgia’s FFA and 4-H organizations. This year, the 10 students from these organizations trained the legislative members in the art of lamb showing.

“This is a unique opportunity for our state leaders and our future agri-leaders to get to know one another and have some fun, all while illustrating the importance of positive youth development programs like 4-H and FFA,” said Gary W. Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner. “We appreciate our legislators for being such great sports and hope they were able to walk away with a better understanding of all the time, care and effort that our exhibitors put into their projects.”

The Senate team was led by Senate Agriculture and Consumers Affairs Chairman John Wilkinson and included Senator Marty Harbin, Senator Rick Jeffares, Senator Matt Brass, Senator Steve Gooch and Senator John Albers.

The House team was led by House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Chairman Tom McCall and included Representative Sherri Gilligan, Representative Tom Kirby, Representative Jodi Lott, Representative Debbie Buckner and Representative Carl Gilliard.

Representative Tom Kirby led his team to victory and was given the first place award for his skilled showmanship of his animal. Each year, the teams show different breeds of animals, and in the past they have shown swine, goats, beef and dairy cattle.

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Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbour Worship Center in Kingsland.


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