4-H club showing skill in cattle-rearing

The skill and interest area youth have in raising cattle was apparent at this year’s beef competitions at the Emo Fair.
Healthy, heavy cattle lined the fair’s cattle barn throughout the weekend as 4-H members showed of their club projects to hundreds of people who trekked through the barns or watched them in the ring.
“It was wonderful, just wonderful,” noted 4-H leader Susan Irvine who gathered the competition’s results including:
All-beef category
•Senior showman champion–Jeff Teeple and Reserve Champion Linda Zimmerman;
•Intermediate showman champion (three years in 4-H)–Jay Neilson and reserve champion Jeff Hyatt;
•Junior showman champion (two years in 4-H)–Matt McQuaker and reserve champion Matt Smith;
•Novice champion Matt Beacham and reserve novice champion Hannah Firth;
•Grand champion Jeff Teeple and reserve grand champion Linda Zimmerman, and;
•Craig Advent Memorial Trophy winner Jay Neilson.
Heifer competition
•Junior Heifer champion was Sarah Truelove;
•Senior Heifer champion was Hannah Firth and reserve champion was Matt Neilson;
•Grand champion was Hannah Firth and reserve grand champion was Matt Neilson, and;
•Highest placing bred yearling heifer went to Hannah Firth.
Steer competition
•First weight class winner was Jeff Teeple with Matt Smith as reserve;
•Second weight class winner was Jeff Hyatt and reserve was Riley Caul;
•Third weight class winner was Erika Boersma with Linda Zimmerman as reserve, and;
•Over-all grand champion in the steer division was Jeff Teeple with Matt Smith as reserve.
The novice member of the year was Riley Caul and Matt Smith was named reserve novice member of the year.
A number of local business-people crowded around the cattle ring to place bids during the annual auction of 4-H steers with 4-H members garnering the profits of their work.
This year, steer sales were very successful with prices well above those of last year’s auction.
“It was absolutely wonderful, it really was,” noted Irvine. “I believe $1.90 [a pound] was the lowest and $2.75 was the highest.”
Besides the local businesses who purchased the animals, auctioneers Rod Salchert and Telford Advent each contributed prize money and Dr. Chris Cannon and Dr. Dan Pierroz paid for shipment to and from the meat processing plant in Beauséjour, Man.