Miller County Cattleman’s Association Jr. Heifer Show Held
On Saturday February 11, the 2017 Miller County Cattlemen’s Association Jr. Heifer Show was held at the Ag Center in Colquitt. For the nine exhibitors this show is a way to present their yearly 4H and FFA livestock projects to our local community at the end of each show season. These members of the Miller County Cattle Show Team have worked diligently with their heifers since last spring. For their project to be successful, the cows have to be fed correctly, groomed regularly and trained for the show ring. Along with all of this; the exhibitors must also know how to handle their project on show day.
The Miller County Jr. Heifer Show began the day with Showmanship Competition. Judging for this event is based on how well the exhibitors can handle their project in the ring as well as how much they know about their project. In the Peewee class Colt Richardson placed first and Calhoun Richardson placed second. Lily Sheffield placed first in Junior class with Judson Thomas placing second. In the Intermediate class Yuri Dunlap placed first and Holden Sheffield placed second. There were three high school seniors competing for Senior Showmanship. Tyner Cobb placed first; Sydney Thomas placed second, and Preston Clenney placed third.
During a complimentary lunch for our contributors and spectators, a slide show was shown in honor of our three seniors and all the years they have spent showing cows. Each will receive a scholarship for showing all four years of high school. The cattle show continued with division classes based on the heifer’s frame score. There were three classes competing. In Class 1 Yuri Dunlap placed first, and Lily Sheffield placed second. In Class 2 Sydney Thomas placed first; Preston Clenney placed second, and Calhoun Richardson placed third. Class 3 placings were Tyner Cobb, first place; Colt Richardson, second place; and Holden Sheffield, third place. The class winners were then brought back in the ring to compete for the Championship Drive. Grand Champion went to Sydney Thomas with her Hereford, and Yuri Dunlap received Reserve Champion for his Maine Anjou.
Along with Showmanship and Division classes, there was also a Homegrown Competition. This provides the exhibitors to compete only with the heifers that have been born and bred locally. It is also a chance to see the livestock being produced by some of our local community members. In Homegrown Class 4 Calhoun Richardson placed first, and Lily Sheffield placed second. In Homegrown Class 5 Tyner Cobb placed first, Colt Richardson placed second and Holden Sheffield placed third. These winners also returned to the ring for a Champion Drive. In the end, Tyner Cobb was named Homegrown Grand Champion with his % Simmental, and Colt Richardson became Homegrown Reserve Champion with his Hereford.
At the end of the Jr. Heifer Show, a winner was drawn from the raffle for a “Big Green Egg” cooker with table. That lucky individual was Kyle Thomas. During the show numerous cakes from local cooks were also raffled off. The proceeds from these raffles and all other contributions are what make all of this possible for these kids. Thank you to everyone who supported and contributed to the Miller County Jr. Heifer Show in any way! If you would like for your child to become a part of the Miller County Show Team or need more information, please contact any Show Team member. You can also contact Brock Ward, County Extension Agent, or Bert and Kitty Bodifiord, Young Farmer teacher and FFA advisor.