JAMESTOWN – The Warren K. Brown Show arena was busy again today as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Beef Project participants gave it their all at the 4-H Market Steer and Beef Breeding Show, judged by Warren Beeler. The 4-H Beef Program offers a market steer tract and a beef breeding tract. 4-H members can be part of one or both of these programs. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H youth in the Beef Project have been gaining knowledge and raising animals since November in preparation for this year’s County Fair. Animals can be unpredictable, and steers in particular are over 10 times the weight of their handlers. The 4-H Beef barn is filled with beautifully finished livestock that all did very well in today’s competition. Patrick Kibbe received the high honors of Grand Champion Steer Showman. Andy Ellis did just as well following right behind with Reserve Champion Steer Showman. Sarah Osborne won Supreme Champion Female. Rachel Ecklund followed with Reserve Champion Female. Other winners were found among the prize winning livestock. Grand Champion Heifer Showman went to Sarah Orborne followed by Holly Crandall as Reserve Champion Heifer Showman. Among the market classes, awards were given not just to Grand Champion Patrick Kibbe and Reserve Champion Andy Ellis but also to Highly Commended Market Steer going to Mikayla Peterson. That was followed by Kim Walker with a Commended Market Steer. Congratulations to today’s 4-H Beef show participants.
Like the 4-H market hog participants, 4-H market steer winners earned more than ribbons and trophies today. Today’s titles help 4-H members earn a sale position in the Meat Animal Sale scheduled for Friday, July 27, 2012, at 12 noon. Grand and Reserve Market Animals earn the first and second slots in the Beef portion of the Meat Animal Sale. Other 4-H members that have multiple animals in the Market Steer project are required to sell only their top placing animal. 4-H Beef Project members work many hours preparing their livestock for show and sale.