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Harrisburg - Paige Stahl of Somerset, Somerset County took Grand Champion Market Steer honors with her 1,350-pound heavyweight crossbred steer, Otis, on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Stahl is a four-year Farm Show exhibitor with other species, but Otis was the first steer she brought to the show.

Brody Fitzgerald of Unionville, Chester County took Reserve Grand Champion Mark Steer with his 1,335-pound light heavyweight crossbred steer, Rocky, named after the movie "Rocky Balboa." Brody is the brother of last year's Market Steer winner, Bryce.

Iowa State Animal Science professor Brad Skaar of Ames, Iowa, judged 66 market steers. A teacher in the classroom and out, Skaar talked to each exhibitor about his or her animal's quality and posture. At Iowa State, he teaches meat animal and carcass evaluation classes, and as a youngster he raised Simmental cattle and commercial sheep.

Before announcing the champions, Skaar stated that "we evaluate good cattle but in reality we are using these cattle as tools for building quality kids that say please and thank you, while knowing the meaning of hard work."  He also reminded the crowd of how important the beef industry is to the world.

Champion and Reserve Champions of each breed are:

Champion Angus Steer: Andrea Foore, York Co.
Reserve Champion Angus Steer: Chris MacCauley, Chester Co.
Champion Hereford Steer: Emily Ley, Chester Co.
Reserve Champion Hereford Steer: Maranda Dickter, Montgomery Co.
Champion Shorthorn Steer: Megan Vondad, Clinton Co.
Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer: Emily Coyne, Washington Co.
Champion Other Purebred Steer: Hannah Grimm, York Co.
Reserve Champion Purebred Steer: Black Herman, Snyder Co.
Champion Lightweight Crossbred Steer:
Reserve Champion Lightweight Crossbred Steer:
Champion Middleweight Crossbred Steer: Evan Vonada, Clinton Co.
Reserve Champion Middleweight Crossbred Steer: Lindsay Upperman, Franklin Co.
Champion Light Heavyweight Crossbred Steer: Brody Fitzgerald, Chester Co.
Reserve Champion Light Heavyweight Crossbred Steer: Scott Gardner, Fayette Co.
Champion Heavyweight Crossbred Steer: Paige Stahl, Somerset Co.
Reserve Champion Heavyweight Crossbred Steer:

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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