Sibling rivalry: Brothers to compete in 4H, FFA Livestock Show

Lorenzo DiRoberto, left, 13, and his brother, Joseph DiRoberto, pose with their goats, Skit and Tank respectively. Lorenzo will be showing Skit off at the Shenandoah County Fair 4H and FFA Livestock Show, while Joseph will be presenting Tank alongside another goat, Deuce. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

A sibling rivalry will be settled once and for all when two brothers square off with competing goats at the Shenandoah County 4H and FFA Livestock Show and Sale at the county fair.

Joseph DiRoberto, 16, and Lorenzo DiRoberto, 13, will be showing their goats to the judges. Joseph DiRoberto will take his goats, Deuce and Jack, up against Lorenzo’s goat, Skit.

While Joseph has competed in the goat show twice now, this will be Lorenzo’s first experience. He said he’s looking forward to the show, although a bit anxious for how the sometimes-uncooperative animal will act.

“I’m excited, just a little bit nervous about it,” Lorenzo said. “But I do have a new appreciation for what goes into goat shows.”

All the goats the two brothers will be feeding are between 7 and 8 months old. Joseph said more work goes into taking care of the goats than people may understand, including feeding them daily at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., keeping their water bowls stocked and leaving them hay.

However, he said he’s most interested to see how his hard work with his animals will pay off before the judges.

“I’m looking forward to getting in a room with the judge and letting him see what I have and what I can produce,” he said.

Lorenzo said he’s looking to earn his keep.

“I just thought I could prove myself around here,” he said.

The two brothers will be competing at the 4H and FFA Livestock show during the Shenandoah County Fair, which will be held Aug. 26 through Sept. 3.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com