Committed to Sheep

Committed to Sheep

January 1, 2022 Off By Roberta Johnston

Let’s Talk Livestock with Scarlett James

Rudder FFA & Runtin’ and Gruntin’ 4-H

Committed to Sheep is Ava Allensworth passion. This month I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my good friends, Ava Allensworth, who shows sheep all over Texas and the midwest.

Committed to Sheep is Ava Allensworth’s Passion.

How did you get into showing sheep?

Growing up I was always surrounded by animals., My older brother started showing sheep when he was little and I always looked up to him. So I wanted to follow in his footsteps!

Who are your mentors?

My biggest mentors are my Dad and Tyler Jenkins.

How do you get ready to show?

There are a ton of factors that go into making sure I’m ready to show. Some being:

  • making sure my animals are clipped,
  • my showbox is packed with everything I need,
  • the trailer is clean and has fresh shavings in it, and
  • making sure I pack extra feed, hay, and drench and paste products.

What is your biggest goal of showing sheep?

My biggest goal in showing sheep is to win a Texas major livestock show.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A day in the life of me looks like… I normally wake up at 4 a.m. and finish homework till about 5, from 5-5:30 I’ll eat breakfast, at 5:30 I usually go and feed animals till about 6:30ish. From 6:30 to 7:45, I’ll get ready for school and finish anything I need to before school, and at 7:45 I leave for school. From 8:20 a.m. to 4 p.m. I am in school.

When school gets out, I usually have Tennis practice until 5:30 and then I come home and go straight to the barn. Then, around 6 p.m., I will feed sheep, start exercising, washing legs, and setting sheep. I usually end my day in the barn at around 9 p.m. but it varies on the day and what all I have going on after school! Once I get in from the barn I’ll eat dinner, shower, start homework, and try to get to bed at a reasonable hour, and do it all over again the next day! 🎠