Livestock Awards Given At State Fair

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County recently announced livestock results from the New York State Fair. Youth in the Lamb and Hog projects represented Chautauqua County with exceptional placings at the fair.

Branden Decker, of the Little Brokenstraws 4-H club in Ashville is an eight-year member of 4-H, participating in the Sheep, Beef, Horse, Swine and Public Speaking programs. This year Branden exhibited his lamb and pig at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. Branden placed seventh in Senior Sheep Showmanship out of 25 contestants, and third in Open Senior Sheep Showmanship out of 17 contestants. His lamb placed fourth in the Market Class. With his Hog Brandon was Senior Hog Showman Champion, Reserve Champion in the Heavy Weight Market Hog Class, and second in the January Breeding Gilt class. In the open classes Branden’s gilt was second again, he was third in the Heavy Weight Market Hog class and fourth place Market Hog overall. His Market Lamb placed sixth in open class. Brandon also participated in the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest and placed seventh overall.

Branden and his sisters Corinne and Lydia Covert participated in a Hog obstacle race, Lydia whom in the youngest placed first with a time of 53 seconds, Branden placed second with a time of 55 seconds, and Corrine placed third with a time of 59 seconds.

Corinne Covert, of the Little Brokenstraws 4-H Club in Ashville is a four-year member of 4-H, participating in the Sheep, Swine and Horse programs. This year Corinne exhibited her lamb and hog at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. Corinne placed sixth in Junior Showmanship out of 12 participants. She was announced Champion in the Junior Lead line Showmanship out of six competitors. Her Market Lamb finished sixth place in the 4-H show and seventh in the Open Show. With her Hog, Corinne placed Champion Novice Junior Showmanship and fourth place in the 4-H Market Hog Contest. In open class her hog placed third in the Medium Weight class and fifth overall. Corinne also participated in the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship contest and placed fifth in record keeping, second in knowledge review, third in Hog judging, finishing 14th overall.

Lydia Covert is a 4-H Cloverbud member of the Little Rascals in Ashville. Lydia is a four-year 4-H member, participating in the Cloverbud and Horse programs. This year Lydia exhibited her Lamb and her Hog in Peewee Showmanship classes.

Max Peterson, is a 10-year member of 4-H from Frewsburg, participating in the Sheep, Swine and Beef programs. This year Max exhibited his Lambs at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. Max placed sixth in Senior Showmanship out of 25 competitors. His lambs finished second and fourth in the Intermediate Market Lamb Weight Division, third and fourth in the Medium Weight Market Lamb Division, second and fourth in the Cheviot Yearling Ewe Class and third in the Junior Ewe Class. In the Open Show Max’s Lambs finished first and second in the Intermediate Market Lamb Class, third and fourth in the Medium Weight Market Lamb Class, fourth and sixth in the Yearling Cheviot Class and fourth in the Junior Cheviot Class.

He also earned the title of Open Class Grand Champion Market Lamb.

Together Branden, Max, Corinne and Lydia participated as a team for the Sheep Bowl Contest. They finished fifth place as a team.

Rachael Harper, of the Chrowes Corners 4-H Club in Jamestown is a second-year member of 4-H, participating in the Poultry, Swine, Goats, Sewing, Sheep, and Nutrition programs. This year Rachael exhibited her Lambs and Hog at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. Rachael placed third in Novice Sheep Showmanship, and fourth in Novice Sheep Halter Showmanship. Her Lambs placed fifth and ninth in the Market Class, second and third in the Ewe Class, second in the Yearling Ewe class, first in the aged Ewe class, and eighth in the Pair of Ewes Class. Rachael placed third in Novice Hog Showmanship, and her Hog finished fourth in the Crossbred Gilt Class, first in the Yorkshire Gilt Class, and third in the Heavy Weight Market Hog Class. In the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest, Rachael placed fourth in Herdsmanship, third in Knowledge Review, fifth in Oral Interview, finishing eighth overall out of 21 participants.

Kamryn Harper, of the Chrowes Corners 4-H Club in Jamestown is a second year Cloverbud member of 4-H, participating in the Goats and Cloverbud programs. This year Kamryn exhibited her Lamb in the Little Shepherd Halter Class, receiving the Cloverbud participation ribbon.

Tessa Warner, of the Stockton Panthers 4-H Club in Stockton is a four-year member of 4-H, participating in the Arts and Crafts, Conservation, Community Service, Horticulture, Nutrition, Fishing, Photography, Rabbit, Sheep, Swine, Clothing and Textiles, Recycling, and Public Presentation programs. This year Tessa exhibited her Sheep and Hogs at The Great New York State Fair.

Tessa Warner and Rachael Harper participated in the Livestock Skill-A-Thon contest and finished on the fourth-place team. They also participated in the Livestock Judging Contest and finished on the eighth-place team.