Successfully relocated in the Clarence I. Brantley Indoor Arena, the Osage County 4-H Junior Livestock Show was held last week for a 79th straight year at the Osage County Fairgrounds south of Pawhuska.
More than 120 youth members of 4-H groups and Future Farmers of America chapters from throughout Osage County entered 230 livestock projects, according to Will Cubbage of the local Oklahoma State University Extension Office.
After judging of the cattle, goat, sheep and swine in a variety of categories, the annual spring event culminated with an auction involving nearly 150 of the anumals.
Osage County 4-H clubs represented at the show included Barnsdall, Blue & Gold, Bluestem, Bowring, Braden, Hominy, Rock, Triple T and Woodland. Participating FFA chapers were from Pawhuska and Woodland.
The show featured 60 cattle, with 22 market steers and 15 junior heifers presented for the auction. Sixteen sheep entries included 10 market lambs and 38 goats were judged, 15 of which were breeding does.
A large showing of nearly 90 swine entries included 57 market barrows and 15 breeding gilts.
Grand Champion Steer honors went to Bowring 4-H member Trenton Barnett for a 1,275-pound Cross entry, which was successfully bid in the premium sale by First National Bank of Sedan. The Pawhuska High School junior also received top awards for Overall Champion Steer and Breed Champion Chianina.
Winner for Grand Champion Market Lamb was Bradon Berry of Bluestem 4-H. His Hampshire entry, which also was named breed champion, went at the auction to Farm Credit of Broken Arrow. Bluestem’s Briley Berry took Reserve Champion honors with a breed champion-winning Shropshire. The reserve breed champion Hampshire award went to Hominy’s Kelsey Hight, while Bryce Gray of Hominy garnered recognition for reserve champion Shropshire.
In the swine judging, Tanner Kyler of Bluestem won Grand Champion Junior Breeding Gilt with a 278-pound Cross and Bar K Ranch and American Heritage Bank provided the winning sale bid. Grand Champion in the heavily-contested market barrows’ category was Tristan Hinkle of the Bowring club, whose 262-pound Hampshire went to Cross Timbers Land & Holding Co. at the auction.
Other swine honors went to Justin Barnes of Pawhuska FFA, who won for Breed Champion Duroc, and Allison Hinkle of Bowring for Cross breed champion.
Grand Champion Market Goat winner was T.K. Fisher of Hominy. Fisher’s doe entry also won as Grand Champion Breeding Goat, which went to Wilson Enterprises at the sale. Bradon Berry of Pawhuska FFA had the reserve champion in the market goat heavy weight division.
Other cattle awards included Grand Champion Heifer to Branna Keeler of Woodland for a Chianina which brought $2,500 at the premium sale from Turkey Trak Ranch. Cooper Kyler of Bluestem 4-H had the reserve breed champion Simmental entry behind the Reserve Grand Champion heifer of Woodland’s Hailey Nicholson. Tanner King of Hominy won breed champion for commercial heifer and Blue and Gold member Kasi Dick took breed champion Longhorn honors.
Also, in the Market Steers division, Kailee Hambright of Bowring won for breed champion Simmental, Candace Speers of Barnsdall had the breed champion Hereford, Bowring’s Mya Hambright got reserve breed champion Chianina, and Corbin Lockman of Bowring was reserve breed champion Maine.
Weigh-ins started on Tuesday for show competitions that were held last Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Livestock Judging Contests were directed by members of the team from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. A catered barbecue dinner led up to the three-hour evening auction that culminated the event.
Serving as auctioneers were Jake Williams and J. Paul Williams, as well as Jimmie Ted King of Coffeyville Livestock Marketing. The designated base bidder for the hog, sheep and goat sales was Red Warren. Other corporate bidding leaders at the auction were Armstrong Bank, Big County Pawn, C & C Cattle Co., Cust-O-Fab, C&S Pipe Testers, Duco Pipe and Supply, E W Carter Oil, First National Bank of Hominy, HG Oilfield Pipe Sales, Hominy Animal Clinic and Superior Pipeline.
Members of the Osage County Livestock Committee include: Ernie Barnett, president; Hank Hainzinger, vice president; Brandon Keeler, second vice president; Julana Bennett and Kelly Chouteau, secretary/treasurer. Superintentents for the livestock show were Jeff Mashburn for beef, Greg Rentfrow for swine and Steve Sherrill for sheep and goats.
Prior to the auction, Osage County 4-H President Sadie Hainzinger of Braden made several special announcements during the Awards Program.
— Pawhuska High School senior Justin Barnes was named to receive a college scholarship presented annually by the Osage County Junior Livestock Board.
— Paul Sisemore of P Bar S Ranch and Turkey Trak Ranch’s Berry and Sharon Keler were recognized for their support of Osage County 4-H programs.
— Pawhuska FFA members won three of the four individual awards for efforts in maintaining the different showing areas. Jayden Higgins received the Beef Herdsman Award, while Bradon Berry was named top Sheep Herdsman. Justin Barnes took Swine Herdsman honors.
— Bluestem 4-H received the Group Herdsman Award for the swine area and Hominy 4-H was the sheep herdsman group winner.
— Also, a Bluestem team placed second in a junior high division for the livestock judging contest.
The new livestock-show venue appeared to be well accepted through its offering of much-needed additional space for exhibitors and show-goers. In the latter stages of the Friday night’s auction, a loose steer created some commotion when it spooked and ran toward the rear of the facility before finally being safely corralled.