Pike County youth place at invitational calf show

Published 11:00 pm Monday, June 25, 2012

Four Pike County youth placed in the Sixth Annual Pike County Invitational Steer and Heifer Show at Cattleman Park.

Josh Graham of Brundidge placed second in the Class 23 weight class, while his sister, Morgan Graham, placed fourth in the Class 22 weight class. Trent Thomas of Goshen placed sixth in Class 23 with his steer.

Thomas also placed second in Commercial Class 7 in the Heifer Show. Colton Johnson of Goshen placed fifth in Class 9 in the Commercial Heifer show. Commercial classes are based on the age of the animal.

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The Grand Champion Steer was shown by Mitchell Layfield of Tifton, Ga. and the Reserve Champion by Raven Beasley of Brewton.

Logan Steed of Carrollton, Ga. showed the Supreme Champion Heifer and Clay McGuire of Auburn showed the Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer. In the Commercial Class, Reid McGuire of Auburn, showed the Grand Champion and Murdock Wynn of Moultrie, Ga. showed the Reserve Champion.

“We were proud of the performances of all the young people,” said Tammy Powell, a member of the show committee. “Our Pike County young people did really well and will continue to improve as the year goes on. We were also pleased with the quality of the animals in the show and the quantity. This show had a lot of outstanding calves.

“The judge, Lee Crump of Calhoun County, Ga., did a good job, not just judging the show, but working with the young people. The advice that he gave them will help them with future shows.”

The Sixth Annual Pike County Invitational Steer and Heifer Show drew young people from Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

“Florida and Georgia have different schedules for their shows and coming here gave their young people an opportunity to have some early experience in showing their animals,” Powell said. “This show was unusual in that the number of steers and heifers was about 50-50. Usually, this early in the year, most of the calves are heifers, probably, because the young people haven’t been working their calves that long and heifers are more docile and easier to manage in the ring.”

Powell said the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association did an outstanding job of organizing and carrying out the annual Invitational steer and heifer show.

“Jeffrey Johnson, Don Spradley and Mark Graham took the lead with the show but the efforts of the committee and the entire Cattlemen’s association helped make the show such a great success,” Powell said. “The Pike County cattlemen and cattlewomen do so much to support our young people. What they do is not always out there on the forefront but it’s there. These two organizations are to be commended for their work with youth and their support of the Pike County community.”