Lancaster Youth Takes Top Beef Breeding Honors At PA Farm Show
An Angus heifer exhibited by Matthew Mitchell of Reinholds, Lancaster County, was named Supreme Champion of the Junior Beef Breeding Show on Sunday, Jan. 6, during the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
About 150 exhibitors aged 8 to 18 showed their heifers, or females that have not had their first calf, in seven breed categories.
Youths prepare their cattle for the show for months in advance. They walk their cattle, practice using a show stick to set the cattle’s feet and clip and work its hair.
Judges for the show were Joel Cowley from Houston, Texas, and Chan Phillips from Marysville, Ky. Before selecting champions, the judges commented on the superior quality of cattle in the show and professionalism of the exhibitors.
Champion and Reserve winners from each breed were:
Angus Grand Champion Heifer – Cherry Knoll Jana 1136, owned by Matthew Mitchell of Reinholds, Lancaster Co.
Angus Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Champion Hill Shadoe 8193, owned by Catherine Work, Smock, Fayette Co.
Hereford Grand Champion Heifer – DJF P75 1009 Zippora 552ET, owned by Matt Powers, Allison Park, Allegheny Co.
Hereford Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – WD 196T Maybeline 1214 ET, owned by Walker L Dunn, Cochranton, Crawford Co.
Limousin Grand Champion Heifer – SOEA Valentine, owned by Shane Clark, Enon Valley, Lawrence Co.
Limousin Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – DOEA HONEY BEE, owned by Dylan Clark, Enon Valley, Lawrence Co.
Maine-Anjou Grand Champion Heifer – Wolf Constance 21Y, owned by Hannah Imgrund, Lewisburg, Union Co.
Maine-Anjou Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – EBM Scout, owned by Elizabeth Baker-Mikesell, Port Royal, Juniata Co.
Mainetainer Grand Champion Heifer – Wins Ms Predator, owned by Christopher Jordan, Uniontown, Fayette Co.
Mainetainer Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Polly, owned by Rachel Clark, Mercersburg, Franklin Co.
Shorthorn Grand Champion Heifer – Sull Roan Mattis 1361 ET, owned by Rachel Clark, Mercersburg, Franklin Co.
Shorthorn Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – KOLT LITTLE MISS DARLA 404 ET, owned by Kali Rankin, Centerville, Crawford Co.
Simmental Grand Champion Heifer – DRD Star, owned by Chris Gros, Halifax, Dauphin Co.
Simmental Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – SSC Miss Beautiful 96Y, owned by Chris Gros, Halifax, Dauphin Co.
All Other Purebreds Grand Champion Heifer – Montana Dream, owned by Maria Angelo, Venango, Crawford Co.
All Other Breeds Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – WengersSE ZW204, owned by Madalyn Gruber, Auburn, Schuylkill Co.