Posted: Tuesday, March 11th 2014 at 9:20am
53 youth, 77 animals compete in JEMC’s Quality Beef Show competition
(L-R) Lee Crump, Judge; David Farmer, Chandler’s Uncle; Wyatt Chandler, Jackson County 4-H, Grand Champion Steer winner; and Shade Storey, Jackson EMC Board of Directors.
JEFFERSON - Representing Future Farmers of America chapters (FFA) and 4-H clubs from Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Jackson and Madison counties, 53 young people gathered to compete for awards, ribbons and cash prizes in the 2014 Jackson Electric Membership Corporation’s 45th Annual Quality Beef Show.
Together, they entered 77 animals in the competition held at the Jackson County Comprehensive High School Livestock Center in Jefferson.
A steer shown by Wyatt Chandler, Jackson County 4-H, won Grand Champion Steer honors, and another shown by Bella Brook Chandler, Jackson County 4-H, won Reserve Champion Steer.
In showmanship, Payton Jackson, Banks County 4-H, won the Novice category; Austin Ertzberger, Franklin County FFA, won the Junior; Cindy Cooper, Jackson County FFA, won Intermediate; and Macy Seagraves, Jackson County 4-H, won Senior.
In the heifer competition, breed champions and the youth showing them are as follows:
Angus – Landis Seagraves, Jackson County 4-H, won the Breed Champion; and Ridge Chaisson, East Jackson County FFA, Reserve Breed Champion.
% Simmental – Cindy Cooper, Jackson County FFA, Breed Champion; and Adam Floyd, Franklin County 4-H, Breed Reserve Champion.
Other Continental – Wyatt Chandler, Jackson County 4-H, Breed Champion; and Payton Jackson, Banks County 4-H, Breed Reserve Champion.
Other British – Adam Tawzer, Franklin County FFA, Breed Champion; and Hogan Brown, Banks County FFA, Breed Reserve Champion.
A commercial heifer shown by Merrit Eavenson, Franklin County FFA, won Breed Champion title and another shown by Bella Brook Chandler, Jackson County 4-H, won Reserve Champion in the same category.
Young people competing in the Quality Beef Show use the experience and judge’s feedback to help prepare for the upcoming statewide competition in Perry.
“There is no entry fee for this competition. The students have the opportunity to win prizes and get pointers from the judge to help them improve their animals and skills, so everyone comes out a winner,” said Randall Pugh, Jackson EMC President/CEO.
Each year since 1969, Jackson EMC has sponsored the Quality Beef Show to honor the contribution the agriculture industry makes to Northeast Georgia’s economy, as well as to encourage leadership skills and a competitive spirit among the area’s young people.
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