• 63°

Broiler project a hit at the fair

Broiler chicken

Submitted photo Participants had to raise their broiler chickens from chicks to show at the Fair.

By Morgan Watts

Rowan Cooperative Extension

The Rowan County Fair broiler project was back again this year and in full swing. We had seven youth who participated in the project.

The participants received their broilers the end of July as 3-day-old chicks and they were responsible for taking care of the birds every day until the fair. Everyday care included feeding, watering, observing health, and keeping their cages cleaned.

They also had to learn the difference between and methods of taking take of a baby chick vs. a full-grown broiler. The participants received six broilers, but where only allowed to bring their three best ones to the fair to show as a pen of three.

The participants brought their best three birds to the fair on Sept. 15 to be weighed. The birds were ranked by their weight. On Sept. 17, the participants came back to the fairgrounds to show off their birds and a judge evaluated them on confirmation and uniformity. The participants also had to tell the judge about their experiences with the project.

This was a great project for youth to learn communication skills, responsibility, and financial management.

Below is a list of results from the Rowan County Fair Broiler Project:

Talton Correll — First in Weight and Conformation Classes

Joshua Wilson — Second in Weight and Conformation Class

Lydia Wilson — Third in Weight and fifth in Conformation

Abigail Wilson — fifth in Weight and third in Conformation

Aiden Best — Fourth in Weight and fifth in Conformation

Ashlee Files — Seventh in Weight and sixth in Conformation

Hannah Roberts — Sixth in Weight and seventh in Conformation

After the fair was over, the birds were processed and the meat was donated to Rowan Helping Ministries. We would also like to thank Farm Bureau for their help and sponsorship to make this project such a huge success.

If you would like to sign up or get on the list for next year to participate (open to youth ages 5-19 as of Jan. 1) or if you have any questions please call Morgan Watts, livestock agent, Rowan County Cooperative Extension, 704-216-8970.

Coyote and Vulture workshop

The Rowan County Cattlemen’s Association and the Piedmont Small Ruminant Association will have a coyote and vulture workshop at 7p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Rowan County Agricultural Building, 2727 Old Concord Road.

The meeting will be presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. A meal will be provided at $5 per person. Please RSVP by Oct. 3 by calling 704-216-8970 so we can have an accurate count for meals.



GOP elections board members resign over absentee settlement


Drive-by shooting injures 24-year-old Salisbury man


Highway Patrol: Vehicle fled after striking, killing pedestrian on Camp Road


Locals to be inducted into NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame


Fall fun, with a twist: Patterson Farm adjusts to guidelines, offers new version of traditional events


Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in ‘Brian’s Song’


Partners in learning passes last year’s special needs fashion show fundraiser with all-virtual event




Former history teacher to use ‘working knowledge of the issues’ in state House race


Chamber adds more than 50 new businesses during Total Resource Campaign


School board candidates for Salisbury seat split on consolidation


Virtually no internet: Rural NC families struggle with online access for school-age children


Horizons Unlimited taking learning to students this semester


NTSB: Pilot’s actions likely caused Earnhardt Jr. plane crash


2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests


Seven new COVID-19 positives reported at Piedmont Correctional


Blotter: Police respond to shots fired call outside of Salisbury home


Rowan tied for fifth among counties for most COVID-19 deaths


‘Nudge from God’: 10 years after diagnosis, Rockwell man to receive kidney from live donor


Salisbury police warn residents after increased trailer thefts


Elon heightens alert as 32 test positive; Wake Forest in good shape to continue instruction as is


Corn picker catches fire at Knox Farm, destroying nearly eight acres


House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown


Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate