Jackson EMC helps impact the lives of local youth.
Since 1969, Jackson EMC has proudly supported local FFA and 4-H clubs.
Jackson EMC's involvement in these clubs stems from our deep roots in the rural areas of Northeast Georgia and also because these groups work to instill area youth with leadership and teamwork skills.
We sponsor events such as the Wiring Contest, the Quality Beef Show and the 4-H Foundation, as well as sponsoring winners’ trips to various conferences.
Quality Beef Show
Jackson EMC has sponsored the Quality Beef Show for 48 years to show its support for the agriculture industry and to encourage leadership skills and competitive spirit among area youth. FFA and 4-H club students spend countless hours preparing the cattle to look their best. This includes shampooing, moussing and hair drying; polishing hooves; trimming hair and combing tails.
Exhibitors may not enter more than two heifers or steers per class and no more than four head in the entire show, which is held each winter. Heifers are shown by breed. The top two heifers in each breed class compete for Breed and Reserve Breed Champion of their respective breeds. All the Breed Champions then compete for Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion. Steers are shown by weight, and the top two steers from each class compete for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Steer of the Show.
An expert judge evaluates the cattle during the event and prize money and awards are given throughout the competition.
For a complete listing of all the show classifications and the rules and regulations of the competition, please see your 4-H or FFA club advisor or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Quality Beef Show Winners
46 Youths, 90 Cattle Compete in Jackson EMC’s 48th Annual Quality Beef Show Competition
Representing Future Farmers of America chapters (FFA and 4-H clubs from Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, 46 young people competed for awards, ribbons and cash prizes in the 2017 Jackson Electric Membership Corporation’s 48th Annual Quality Beef Show. Together they entered 90 cattle in the competition held att he Jackson County Comprehensive High School Livestock Center in Jefferson.
A heifer shown by Whitley Dale, Jefferson City FFA, won Supreme Champion Heifer honors, while Keeley Shultz, Jackson County 4H, won Reserve Supreme Champion.
A steer shown by Wyatt Chandler, East Jackson FFA, won Grand Champion Steer honors, and another steer shown by Tyler Ertzberger, Franklin County High FFA, won Reserve Champion Steer.
A commercial heifer shown by Logan Waldrip, Franklin County FFA, won Breed Champion, and another commercial heifer shown by Madison Abbs, Jefferson City FFA, won Reserve Breed Champion.
In showmanship, Keely Shultz, Jackson County 4-H, won the Novice category; Josh Franklin, West Jackson Middle FFA, won Junior; Austin Ertzberger, Franklin County FFA, won Intermediate; and Tyler Ertzberger, Franklin County FFA, won Senior.
In the heifer competition, breed champions and the youth showing them are as follows:
Limousin – Keely Shultz, Jackson County 4-H, Breed Champion; and Abby Frost, Barrow County 4-H, Reserve Breed Champion.
Other – Kayley Edwards, Jackson County 4-H, Breed Champion.
Simmental – Austin Ertzberger, Franklin County FFA, Breed Champion; and Madyson McDaniel, West Jackson Middle FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
Hereford – Carver Moore, Madison County 4-H, Breed Champion; and Brayden Gordon, Madison County 4-H, Reserve Breed Champion.
% Simmental – Whitley Dale, Jefferson City FFA, Breed Champion; and Tyler Ertzberger, Franklin County FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
Angus – Bella Chandler, East Jackson Middle FFA, won the Breed Champion; and Drew Brooksher, Jackson County FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
Shorthorn – Allen Bridges, Madison 4-H, won both the Breed Champion and the Reserve Breed Champion.
Shorthorn Plus – Luke Fulcher, Jackson County 4-H, won the Breed Champion; and Heather Saye, Madison County FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
Charolais –Tyler Sheridan, Banks High FFA, Breed Champion; and Ethan Dalton, Banks County Middle FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
Chi-Influence – Madison Abbs, Jefferson City FFA, won the Breed Champion; and Chloe Boling, Banks County 4-H, Reserve Breed Champion.
See our gallery at the top of the page for more Beef Show winners’ photos. All photos are also available for download on our Smart Image site at http://jacksonemc.smartimage.com/2017-jackson-emc-quality-beef-show.
Young people competing in the Quality Beef Show use the experience and judge’s feedback to help prepare for the upcoming statewide competition in Perry. “There is no entry fee for this competition. The students have the opportunity to win prizes and get pointers from the judge to help them improve their animals and skills, so everyone comes out a winner,” said Chip Jakins, Jackson EMC president/CEO.
Each year since 1969, Jackson EMC has sponsored the Quality Beef Show to honor the contribution the agriculture industry makes to Northeast Georgia’s economy, as well as to encourage leadership skills and a competitive spirit among the area’s young people.