County invitational steer and heifer show sets record

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

The 10th Annual Pike County Invitational Steer and Heifer Show Friday and Saturday at Cattleman Park attracted a record number of participants from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.  Ninety-nine steers and heifers were shown with 68 youth participating.

The Pike County Cattlemen’s Association organized and hosted the annual event.

“We had an outstanding show with more calves and participants than we have ever had,” said Pike County Cattleman Jeffery Johnson. “We had good participation and support from the Pike County community and our local youth did really well. Trent Thomas from Goshen had the Grand Champion Steer and Brandon Cuahua was first in class and Grand Champion for Maine Anjou.”

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Johnson said two Pike County youths placed high in showmanship. Phenix Griffin took second place in the 11 and under age group and Josh Graham took third in the 15 and up age group. Twenty-five youth competed in showmanship.

“Our local kids did a great job and took home some ribbons and gained a lot of experience,” Johnson said. “They are all to be congratulated on a job well done.”

In the Novice class for ages three to eight, MJ Flowers and Eli Wesley and Levi Wesley participated and all said they are looking forward to getting in the ring with their calves.

In the steer class, six Pike County youth placed in their classes, MJ Flowers, first in class; Aaron Norris, second in class; Marx Copeland, fifth in class; Trent Thomas, first in class; Josh Graham, first in class and second in class; and Phenix Griffin, fifth in class.

In the Heifer Show, Phenix Griffin took first in class and Reserve Champion for Chi Influenced. Anna Grace Thomas was second in class.

In Commercial breeds, Annabelle Wesley was fifth in class and Rylee Copeland was third in class.

Phenix Griffin took second place in class in Shorthorns; Annabelle Wesley was fourth in class in Shorthorn Plus and second in class in Simmental.

Pike County 4-H-ers who participated in the 10th Annual Pike County Invitational Steer and Heifer Show were Marx Copeland, Brooklyn Norris, Aaron Norris, Phenix Griffin, Josh Graham, Trent Thomas, Annabelle Wesley, Brandon Cuahua and Rylee Copeland.

Members of the Pike County Cattlemen’s show committee are Jeffery and Ashley Johnson, Mark and Vonda Graham, Don Spradley, Mary DuBose and Tammy Powell.

The show’s Gold Sponsors were Linton Tractor, Troy Bank & Trust, South Alabama Livestock, Diamond M, South Alabama Electric Cooperative, Green Hills Funeral Home, Pinckard Vault & Marble, Randall Morris Show Cattle, First National Bank, Pike County Cattlemen, Slawson Manufacturing, City of Troy, DuBose Farms, Clower Heating and Cooling, Steven Stephens Auto & Body Repair and SunSouth.

Silver sponsors for the show were Samson Repair & Equipment, Show Coat Solutions, Mike Wilson of Wilson Farms and Pike County Extension Office.

Ringmasters for the show were Hannah Goodson and Clay Powell. The show judge was Mike McGuire. Tammy Powell emceed the show.