Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s 4-H and FFA youth paraded their prized beef heifers to great success on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Exhibitors from ages eight to 18 presented 205 beef heifers (females who have not had their first calf) to judges Chip Kemp 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.
“I’ve been extremely impressed by the quality and durability of the cattle shown here today. As a Midwest guy, I’d have to say this show ranks high nationally for the competitiveness among the youth and their breeding stock,” said Kemp, a livestock judging coach at the University of Missouri.
“I really enjoy the usefulness of these breeding heifers and appreciate the fact that these kids can take their heifers back to the farm and raise quality 4-H and FFA projects,” said Parrett, of Urbana, Ill.
Seven different breeds of heifers were shown, ranging in ages from six-months to two-years-old. Kemp explained that he is always impressed by the Pennsylvania Farm Show, where residents from all over the commonwealth converge on one large venue to celebrate the agriculture industry.
The champion and reserve champion heifers of each breed were:
Angus Grand Champion Heifer – Cherry Knoll Jana 1136, exhibited by Matthew Mitchell, Reinholds, Lancaster Co.
Angus Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – LVA Giddyup Cheyenne 1001, exhibited by Alayna Clark, Mifflintown, Mifflin Co.
Hereford Grand Champion Heifer – KD Queen of Hearts 11Y ET, exhibited by Kelsey Diehl, Fairfield, Adams Co.
Hereford Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – KD Brandi 9X ET, exhibited by Kelsey Diehl, Fairfield, Adams Co.
Limousin Grand Champion Heifer – DOEA American Honey, exhibited by Dylan Clark, Enon Valley, Lawrence Co.
Limousin Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – CYKY Dandelion Wine 5Y, exhibited by Jessica Kelly, Wampum, Lawrence Co.
Maine-Anjou Grand Champion Heifer – Wolf Constance 21Y, exhibited by Hannah Ingrund, Lewisburg, Union Co.
Maine-Anjou Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – DGC Martina Y04, exhibited by Dylan Giebner, Saegertown, Crawford Co.
Mainetainer Grand Champion Heifer – Miss Giovanna, exhibited by Samantha Fabian, Acme, Fayette Co.
Mainetainer Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – LSC Rustique 120Y, exhibited by Samantha Truax, Hustontown, Fulton Co.
Shorthorn Grand Champion Heifer – Sull Sassy Crystal ET, exhibited by Rachel Clark, Mercersburg, Franklin Co.
Shorthorn Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – MH Sweet Vintage, exhibited by Blake Herman, Beavertown, Snyder Co.
Simmental Grand Champion Heifer – SSC Spicy 55x, exhibited by Chris Gros, Halifax, Dauphin Co.
Simmental Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Benners In Dew Time Y13, exhibited by Emily Benner, Mifflintown, Juniata Co.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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