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Johnsons take top honors at weekend steer, heifer show

Sibling rivalry doesn’t come into play when the brother and sister duo of Cody and Katelyn Johnson take the arena because they both go home champions.

Katelyn showed the Grand Champion Steer, Doc Holliday, at the 2009 Pike County Steer and Heifer Show at Cattleman Park Saturday and Cody showed the Supreme Heifer, Josephine. Cody also showed the best native calf, Leo.

Tammy Powell, Pike County Extension coordinator, said the Johnsons’ calves were outstanding, but they had some stiff competition standing between them and the championships.

“This year’s was a really great show,” Powell said. “The quality of the cattle was excellent. All nine of the young people did a tremendous job in calf selection, the feeding program and taking care of their animals and grooming and preparing them for the show. They are all to be congratulated.

“Half of the native calves were shown born and raised in Pike County. So that’s an indication of the quality of calves being raised right here at home.”

Morgan DuBose showed the Reserve Supreme Heifer, Bella, and Morgan Graham, showed the Reserve Champion Steer, Sonny.

Other winners in the 2009 Pike County Steer and Heifer Show were, in the steer lightweight division, Colton Johnson (Little John), first; Amelia Spradley (Tripp), second; Amelia Spradley (Opie), third; and Dustin Leverett (Bobo), fourth. In the middleweight division, Clay Powell (Blaze), first; Josh Graham (White Boy), second; and Dustin Leverett (Phantom), third. In the heavyweight division, Katelyn Johnson (Doc Holliday), first; Morgan Graham (Sonny), second; and Cody Johnson (Leo), third;

In the heifer division, the winners were, in Division I, Cody Johnson (Josephine), first; Morgan DuBose (Bella), second; and Morgan DuBose (Dallas), third. In Division II, Cody Johnson (Suzi Jane), first; Morgan Graham (Samantha), second; Clay Powell (Rosie), third; and Josh Graham (Whiskey Girl), fourth. In Division III, Katelyn Johnson (Ruby), first, and Amelia Spradley (Lucy), second. In Division IV, Amelia Spradley (Suzy), first, and Clay Powell, Lela, second.

In the Showmanship Division of the show, Josh Graham took top honors in the junior division, Cody Johnson in the junior-senior division and Amelia Spradley in the senior division.

Katelyn Johnson took second place in junior-senior showmanship, Clay Powell, third, and Morgan Graham, fourth. Morgan DuBose was second in senior showmanship.

Special awards were presented to Josh Graham, best record book; Colton Johnson and Katelyn Johnson, best daily rate of gain and Cody Johnson, second.

Twenty-one calves were entered in the show and 11 of those were heifers.

“We only added heifers to the show recently and it’s very encouraging to see so much interest in show

The winners in the different divisions will participate in the district and state steer and heifer show in Montgomery later this week and Powell said they will represent Pike County well.