Harrisburg - Pennsylvania's 4-H and FFA youth paraded their prized beef heifers to great success on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
One-hundred and thirty exhibitors ages eight to 18 presented 198 heifers (females who have not had their first calf) to judges Brad Skaar and Doug Parrett. While no supreme champions were selected, the judges were impressed by the quality of the cattle and the professionalism of the kids.
"It's rewarding to see such good cattle," remarked Skaar, a Colorado native who lives in Ames, Iowa, "but it's a joy to see such knowledgable, high-caliber youth that are good sports and passionate about cattle." He teaches beef, animal science and carcass evaluation courses at Iowa State University.
"While we like to raise good cattle, what we're really doing is raising good young people," he said.
Parrett, of Urbana, Ill., added, "While activities like baseball are great, showing animals teaches responsibility, the value of hard work, even business management." He noted that these exhibitors are friends with each other and no animosity develops, even when exhibitors work hard but don't win.
"By supporting shows like this, we're encouraging kids to continue in food animal agriculture and present it to the public in a positive light," Parrett said. He teaches beef courses and works with Illinois extension as a professor at the University of Illinois.
"Mr. Skaar and I both teach others how to evaluate animals, using scientific agricultural principles, performance records and phenotypic evaluations of structure and muscle volume," he said.
Skarr explained that the Farm Show is unique in that it is held in the winter at the state capital, where people from all walks of life are exposed to a wide variety of agriculture.
"To have these people, including suburban and urban dwellers and politicians, attend the Farm Show and expose themselves to agriculture is great," Skarr said. "Pennsylvania is in a unique position to educate lots of people, and the show is an excellent opportunity for that."
Angus Grand Champion Owned and Best Bred and Owned Heifer - LVA Giddyup Cheyenne 1001, exhibited by Alayna Clark, Mifflintown, Juniata Co.
Angus Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - B C A Scaara Belle 933, exhibited by Hannah Grim, Beaver Creek Angus, East Berlin, York Co.
Hereford Grand Champion Heifer - R Miss Wrangler 749, exhibited by Troy Longenecker, Harper Dell Farm, Annville, Lebanon Co.
Hereford Reserve Grand Champion and Best Bred and Owned Heifer - CAF Hill Miranda 58W ET, exhibited by Walker Dunn, Dunn Farms, Cochranton, Crawford Co.
Limousin Grand Champion Heifer - CLLL Tinkerbell 307W, exhibited by Jocelyn Kelly, Maple Lane Farm, Wampum, Lawrence Co.
Limousin Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Tiny Juanita, exhibited by Dylan Clark, Old English Acres, Enon Valley, Lawrence Co.
Limousin Best Bred and Owned Heifer - KYLD Luvly 001X, exhibited by Kyle Delaplaine, Heart Felt Farms, Gettysburg, Adams Co.
Maine-Anjou Grand Champion and Best Bred and Owned Heifer - USS Blaze, exhibited by Elizabeth Baker-Mikesell, Mid-State Maines, Port Royal, Juniata Co.
Maine-Anjou Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - DCG Kristy, exhibited by Dylan Giebner, the 3gcc, Saegertown, Crawford Co.
Mainetainer Grand Champion and Best Bred and Owned Heifer - A & A Annie Oakley, exhibited by Anna Wolfe, Columbia, Lancaster Co.
Mainetainer Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - A & A Mary Jane, exhibited by Anna Wolfe, Columbia, Lancaster Co.
Shorthorn Grand Champion Heifer - Miss Oh My 003x, exhibited by Ian Erdely, Erdely Farms, Perryopolis, Fayette Co.
Shorthorn Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - MH Sweet Vintage 9092, exhibited by Emily S. Benner, Serenity Hills Farm, Mifflintown, Juniata Co.
Shorthorn Best Bred and Owned Heifer - LMC Jake's Lilac 902, exhibited by Lindsey Curtis, Stony Acres, Landisburg, Perry Co.
Simmental Grand Champion Heifer - Feights Suzy Q, exhibited by Michelle Browell, Feights Farm, Hopewell, Bedford Co.
Simmental Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Feights Bella Star, exhibited by Michelle Browell, Feights Farm, Hopewell, Bedford, Co.
Simmental Best Bred and Owned Heifer - Brenners Miss Macho X2, exhibited by Emily S. Benner, Serenity Hills Farm, Mifflintown, Juniata Co.
Other Purebred Grand Champion Heifer - SMS Roan Xena, exhibited by Mandy Clark, Mercersburg, Franklin Co.
Other Purebred Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - MS Addyson, exhibited by Samantha Fabien, Powerline Farm, Vanderbilt, Fayette Co.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 209 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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