School projects normally involve scissors and glue. But for young people in Southern Virginia one project called for major responsibility.
This was part of a nearly six month project for kids and teens in Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties.
Friday more than 100 youth showed off their cows, goats, lambs and hogs during the 64th annual youth livestock show and sale.
The young owners are expected to know about training, caring for and marketing livestock.
"I've learned a great deal. I've learned how to better handle my pig and just have fun most importantly. I've learned real leadership, real friendship because the people you need most are right here," said Mary Hammock, an 11th grade student in Pittsylvania County.
"He's gental when you rub on him and he won't kick if you're behind him," said Madeline McDowell about her steer Brian.
Friday night most owners had a lesson in financial management by selling their animals.