The Stettler Agriplex was filled with 4-H members, supporters and guests, as it hosted the Stettler District 4-H Beef Show and Sale 2017 over two days, May 22 and 23.
On Monday, May 22 was the Female Show, which commenced at 2 p.m., with the Steer Show being on the following day at 9 a.m.; the awards banquet was hosted later that day.
Trinity Martin of the Big Valley Beef Club won the Grand Champion. Her steer weighed 1,379 lbs. and was sold to Stettler Dodge; while Addison Charbonneau of Byemoor 4-H Beef Club won the Grand Reserve.
According to Cheryl Bartley, leader of the Big Valley 4-H Beef Club, members took part in judging class on Monday, with the judge being Kelty Whelan.
“There were yearling heifers, two-year-old cow calf pairs and three-year-olds, with Hannah Elines of Big Valley being the only member to have a cow herd,” Bartley said.
The following day, the weigh-in started early with a pancake breakfast provided by Bills Farms Supply, with the steer show starting right after.
The Confirmation Judge for the show was Bill Dietrich, Showmanship Judge was Ty Dietrich, and Grooming Judge was Kyle Switzer; with Gary Rairdan being the ringman for the day.
Since Big Valley Club was the host club for this year, Bartley said, “We would like to extend a special thank you to Stacey Benjamin, chairperson for the beef committee, who does such a wonderful job with the kids. Thanks also to the Agricultural Society for the use of the building.”
Erskine 4-H Beef Club leader, Glen Morbeck, said that he thought overall the club members had really improved.
“Our group of kids put a lot of effort into their beef projects, and it showed,” Morbeck said. “The pen of five we put together was hard to choose because the steers were well fed and finished, thus similar and hard to choose from.”
For the Stettler District 4-H Beef Show and Sale 2017, other leaders on the planning committee, besides Bartley, were Morbeck, Tara Schilling, and Denise Jacobson, along with other leaders within the various clubs.