Georgia Farm Bureau’s 2nd District held its 12th Annual Young Farmer Steer & Heifer Show Jan. 22 at the Jackson County Agricultural Facility. About 250 people turned out to watch 67 students compete in the event, which helps cattle exhibitors in the district continue developing their showmanship skills between the Georgia National Fair in October and the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in February.
The district uses the show to introduce exhibitors to the GFB Young Farmer program in hopes of encouraging students to join their county Young Farmer Committees when they turn 18.
Morgan McDaniel of Jackson County and Ethan Dalton of Banks County won the show’s top prizes. McDaniel won Supreme Champion Heifer with her Percentage Simmental heifer. Dalton won Grand Champion Steer with his crossbreed steer.
Madelyn Shirley from Commerce Middle School earned the Reserve Champion Steer. Ethan Dalton won Reserve Champion Heifer.
The prizes for the show awards were funded by donations from 2nd District county Farm Bureaus, county presidents and insurance agents.
Bella Chandler of Jackson County won the $250 academic scholarship given by the show committee. Ethan Dalton won the 12th Grade Showmanship Award and a $250 prize. Other showmanship winners were: 11th Grade – Morgan McDaniel, Jackson County; 10th Grade – Chloe Boling, Banks County; 9th Grade – Raegan Gilbert, Banks County; 8th Grade – Dawson Morris, Banks County; 7th Grade – Landon Clark, Hall County; 6th Grade – Halley Elrod, Jackson County; 5th Grade – Riley Moon, Madison County; 4th Grade – Caleigh Fowler, Franklin County.
In breed heifer classes, winners were: Percent Simmental Champion & Reserve Champion: Morgan McDaniel; Angus Champion: Raegan Gilbert, Banks County; Angus Reserve Champion: Landon Clark, Hall County; Charolais Champion: Halley Elrod; Charolais Reserve Champion: Molly Tipton, Habersham County; Shorthorn Champion: Hadley Murray, Lumpkin County; Shorthorn Reserve Champion: Ellie Young, Lumpkin County; Simmental Champion: Morgan McDaniel; Simmental Reserve Champion: Landon Clark; Other Breeds Champion: Ethan Dalton; Other Breeds Reserve Champion: Maggie Moon, Madison County; Hereford Champion: Eric Ashworth, Banks County; Hereford Reserve Champion: Emma Lawrence, Jackson County; Commercial Heifer Champion: Bella Chandler; Commercial Heifer Reserve Champion: Maggie Moon.
GRAND CHAMPION STEER CAPTION:
Ethan Dalton of Banks County exhibited the GFB 2nd Dist. Young Farmer Steer & Heifer Show Grand Champion Steer.
Photo by Lexie Love
SUPREME CHAMPION HEIFER
Morgan McDaniel of Jackson County exhibited the GFB 2nd Dist. Young Farmer Steer & Heifer Show Supreme Champion Heifer.
Photo by Kenneth McDaniel
Helping out with the GFB 2nd Dist. Young Farmer Steer & Heifer Show were from left: GFB 2nd Dist. Directors Russ Moon & Gilbert Barrett; 2nd Dist. YF&R Chairman Colt Hart; 2nd Dist. Field Manager Katie Murray; Jackson County Extension Coordinator Greg Pittman & GFB President Tom McCall.