Bristol Brown, Nicholas Monday and Avery Chandler are all 4-H members and are actively raising, showing and selling livestock. They breed them and often sell them to other 4-Hers.
“There’s a lot involved in a breeding project,” said Donna Carter, who oversees the 4-H program in Anderson County. “Youth have to start with quality females, then select their sire, have the female bred — often learning to artificially inseminate — ultrasound the females to determine whether they are pregnant, feed and care for a pregnant animal, assist during the farrowing/lambing process, and then appropriately care for the offspring. It’s been really awesome to see how big their farming operations have gotten and discovering what they are using their profits for.”
Bristol Brown is a seventh-grader at His Hands Reaching Academy. He started 4-H in the fourth grade. He and his sister, Baylee, work together at B & B livestock, a 200-acre farm owned by his family. They raise market hogs, sheep, short horn cattle, chickens, and “all that good stuff,” according to their mother, Breeanna Brown.