By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter


The Tennessee State Sheep Exposition took place in Cookeville the week of July 15. Trousdale County 4-H and FFA programs were represented very well in Cookeville. 

Dylan and Cooper Belcher exhibited the Grand and Reserve Champion Dorset Breeding Ewes. These ewes were raised by them on their farm in the Puryears Bend Community. The championship awards were much deserved for the sheep and the boys.

]On Jan. 29, a dangerous tornado crossed the Belcher farm and did damage to their sheep barn, home, fences and completely destroyed the hay barn. The family has spent much of the year cleaning up debris from around the farm and making repairs to the house and barns. The boys have been working hard to help around the farm, in addition to, training their flocks of Dorset and Suffolk ewes for the expo.

Cooper was also awarded Premier Exhibitor for the Junior Division Market Lambs during the expo. The Premier Exhibitor is the highest award that a young showman can receive while at the expo. It takes into account the youth’s knowledge of the project, showmanship skills and animal placing in the show ring.

Dylan and Cooper’s ewes will be on display at the Trousdale County Fair Sheep Show on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. So come and see these prize winning ewes in competition, and congratulate the boys for all their hard work.