Youth Honored At Steer Breeding Show

The Warren K. Brown Show Arena was busy Tuesday 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 more than 10 times the weight of their handlers.

The 4-H Beef barn is filled with beautifully finished livestock that all did very well in the competition. Branden Decker received the high honors of Grand Champion Steer Showman.

Sarah Osborne did just as well following right behind with Reserve Champion Steer Showman. Osborne also won Supreme Champion Female and then followed with Reserve Champion Female.

Other winners were found among the prize winning livestock. Grand Champion Heifer Showman went to Osborne 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 Kayla Schauman, but also to Schauman for the Highly Commended Market Steer. That was followed by Michael Kibbe with a Commended Market Steer.

Like the 4-H market hog participants, 4-H market steer winners earned more than ribbons and trophies. The titles helped 4-H members earn a sale position in the Meat Animal Sale scheduled for Friday at 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.