The 4-H Beef Show at the Otoe County Fair on July 29 was held in the Kimmel Event Center Arena and judged by Spencer Scotten.
The show was preceded by the Clover Kids Bucket Calf Show.
Three youngsters entered the Bucket Calf-Steer category, with Mikah Prather receiving 1st purple, Kyle Cavanaugh receiving 2nd purple, and Mavryc Morgan receiving 3rd purple.
Eleven Clover Kids entered the Bucket Calf division, and all received participation ribbons and good experience for future shows.
Moving on to the 4-H Beef Breeding Show, the show was divided into eight classes:  Angus; Chianina; Shorthorn Plus; Simmental; Foundation Simmental; All Other Breeds; Commercial-Jan.-Feb., and Commercial-Mar.-April, with a Grand Champion Supreme Breeding Heifer and Reserve Champion Supreme Breeding Heifer being chosen from the winners of those classes.
Kadyn Sisco had the Champion Angus, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Justin Peterson had the Champion Chianina, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Jami Gabriel had the Champion Shorthorn Plus, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Dalton Leefers had the Champion Simmental, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Kadyn Sisco had the Champion Foundation Simmental and Morgan Leefers had the Reserve Champion.
Bailey Boitnott had the Champion All Other Breeds, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Nolan Werner had the Champion Commercial-Jan.-Feb., and there was no Reserve Champion.
Devon Behmer had the Champion Commercial-Mar.-April, with Joe Schreiter being awarded the Reserve Champion Commercial-Mar.-April.
Kadyn Sisco’s Foundation Simmental was named Grand Champion Supreme Breeding Heifer, and Justin Peterson’s Chianina was named Reserve Champion Supreme Breeding Heifer.
Kadyn Sisco also received the Champion Feeder Calf-Heifer award.
In 4-H Beef Showmanship:
Morgan Leefers was named Champion in Senior Showmanship (14 and over), with Elizabeth Johnson getting Reserve Champion.
Sydney Wellsandt received Champion in Intermediate Showmanship (11-13), with Bailey Boitnott receiving Reserve Champion.
Mason Wieckhorst was named Champion in Junior Showmanship (8-10), with Kadyn Sisco receiving Reserve Champion.
The 4-H Market Beef Show was divided into 4 categories:  Crossbred Market Heifers; Bucket Calf Plus 1; Angus Market Steers, and Crossbred Market Steers, with a Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steer and Supreme and Reserve Supreme Market Animal being chosen from the winners of those categories.
In Crossbred Market Heifers, Morgan Leefers took Grand Champion and Bailey Boitnott received Reserve Champion.
Jacob Wood had the Champion Bucket Calf Plus 1, and there was no Reserve Champion.
Jason Stukenholtz had the Champion Angus Market Steer, and there was no Reserve Champion.
In Crossbred Market Steers, Justin Peterson had the Champion Crossbred Steer, and Emily Wellsandt had the Reserve Champion.
Justin Peterson also had the Grand Champion Market Steer and Supreme Market Animal, with Emily Wellsandt being awarded Reserve Champion Market Steer and Reserve Supreme Market Animal.
There were two teams of participants in the Club Group of Three class, with the Better Beef Producers taking first place and North Branch Rancheros getting second.
Rate of Gain winners were announced for both Heifers and Steers at the end of the show.  For Heifers, Morgan Leefers took first place and April Johnson took second.  For Steers, Bailey Boitnott received first place and Maddie Werner took second place.
Throughout the show Judge Spencer Scotten took the time to talk to the entrants about what they were doing right and where they could improve, as well as what was right and wrong with their animals.
During showmanship he explained that the three biggest things they needed to remember was eye contact, foot placement and spacing.  
He wanted the participants to make good eye contact with the judges when they participated, and remember to keep plenty of space between themselves and the next contestant, pointing out that they weren’t showing everything their animals had to offer when they were crowded into the backside of another animal.
Most of the contestants were careful and consistent in lining up their animals’ hooves correctly, but Scotten reminded a few that it was important to have that one back hoof forward of the other.
In all, Scotten said what he had seen at the Otoe County Fair was “good cows and even better kids.”
“The beef I’ve seen here is as good quality as you’re going to find anywhere,” Scotten stated.