Drew Bignell of the Erskine Valley 4H Club smiles after grooming her steer before the Tuesday

Drew Bignell of the Erskine Valley 4H Club smiles after grooming her steer before the Tuesday

Big Valley wins top 4H steer award

Big Valley Beef Club's Faith Shuckburgh knew her steer would be a winner the moment she saw it.

Big Valley Beef Club’s Faith Shuckburgh knew her steer would be a winner the moment she saw it.

Byemoor’s 4H Beef Show and Sale proved her right when her steer, Creamsicle, a maine jou, won the Grand Champion Steer title last week for the district, as well as Grand Champion Steer for the Big Valley Club.

“He had the qualities I like in a steer,” she said, on why she chose Creamsicle. “I thought he would be a pretty fancy show steer.”

This is Shuckburgh’s third year participating in 4H. She also won the Grand Champion Steer in her first year.

“It’s really exciting,” said Shuckburgh, 11. “It’s a win for my club, not just for me.”

Big Valley’s beef club had the most participants, with 24 kids at the steer show.

“I was so proud of those kids,” said Cheryl Bartley, leader of the Big Valley Club. “They worked so hard, [and] they all helped each other out.”

Drew Bignell, a member of the Erskine Beef Club, won the Reserve Champion Steer.

Erskine Beef Club could not be reached for comment by press time.

Along with the grand champion steer and reserve champion steer titles, each of the four participating clubs also had their own champions and reserve champions.

Shayla Derr, 18, was the club champion for Big Knife.

She has been involved with 4H for nine years and is currently the president.

“My siblings before me were in it, so I got to witness how much fun they got to have,” said Derr. “I stayed in because it’s fun and I learn new things about agriculture and my community.”

Tara Schilling, Byemoor club leader, said her 11 club members did very well on the steer day, despite their numbers being down this year from last year.

Shayla Schilling won Grand Champion Steer for the Byemoor Club.