4-H Sheep Show a success at the fair

Submitted Photo 4-Hers are keeping a close eye on the judge during the 4-H Sheep Show at the Chautauqua County Fair.

On July 18, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Sheep Project participants showed in the 4-H Sheep Show at the Chautauqua County Fair.

Sheep Program participants have owned their Market Sheep for at least 85 days and have owned their breeding animals in many cases for multiple years. Youth in the Sheep Breeding Project continue to expand their herd each year adding additional quality and working to preserve certain traits and characteristics.

Youth in the 4-H Sheep Project spend a great deal of time raising, caring, and conditioning each animal. Sheep in particular, have to regularly be sheared, have veterinarian exams and exercised. The Sheep Show, judged by Stacy Taylor, saw all sunny skies with 52 Market Lambs and 30 Breeding Sheep.

Grand Champion Ram was received by Brandi Meder with her Southdown and Reserve Champion Ram was won by Kaitlyn Lindsey with her PolyPay. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Alexis Cross who also showed a Hampshire. Reserve Champion Ewe honors were received by Brandi Meder with her Suffolk.

In Showmanship Classes sheep exhibitors are judged on their showing abilities, including how they handle their animal and in some cases, others’ animals as well. Receiving top honors as Grand Champion Showman was Hannah cross with Bryanna Warner receiving Reserve honors.

Market Lambs are evaluated in four divisions by weight: Light, Medium, Light-Heavy and Heavy Weight. A Grand Champion Market and Reserve Champion Market Lamb are also honored as top market lambs for 2018. Each Market Lamb participant is eligible to sell their top animals at the Meat Animal Sale. This year the 4-H Lamb Project will sell 35 lambs at the sale. In this year’s Market Lamb class top honors in the Light Weight class went to Robert Nagel and Dustin Sheldon receiving reserve. In the Medium Weight class Bryanna Warner was the champion and Hannah Cross received reserve honors. The Light-Heavy Weight was won by Kelsie Jackson, with Bryanna Warner taking reserve. In the Heavy Weight division Jaiden Huntington received first place and Steven Overend received second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at the Meat Animal Sale, was given to Kelsie Jackson for her light heavyweight lamb and Bryanna Warner took home Reserve Champion Market lamb.

Additional Lamb results are

Pair of Market Lambs:

First place – Hannah Cross

Second place – Bryanna Warner.

Southdown Division

Yearling Ram: Brandi Meder

Champion Ram: Brandi Meder

Yearling Ewe: Brandi Meder

Ewe Lamb: Brandi Meder

Champion Ewe: Brandi Meder

Flock: Brandi Meder

Suffolk Division

Ram 2 years and Older: Brandi Meder

Pair of Ram Lambs: Brandi Meder

Yearling Ewe: Brandi Meder

Spring Ewe Lamb: Brandi Meder

Champion Ram: Brandi Meder

Reserve Ram: Brandi Meder

Champion Ewe: Brandi Meder

Reserve Ewe: Brandi Meder

Shropshire Division:

Aged Ram: Tessa Warner

Spring Ram Lamb: Tessa Warner

Aged Ewe: Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe: Tessa Warner

Champion Ewe: Tessa Warner

Champion Ram: Tessa Warner


Spring Ewe Lamb: Alexis Cross

Champion Ewe: Alexis Cross


Yearling Ram: Kaitlyn Lindsey

Champion Ram: Kaitlyn Lindsey

Fall Ewe Lamb: Kaitlyn Lindsey

Spring Ewe Lamb: Kaitlyn Lindsey

Champion Ewe: Sophie Lindsey

Reserve Ewe: Kaitlyn Lindsey

Grand Champion Ram: Brandi Meder – Southdown

Reserve Grand Champion Ram: Kaitlyn Lindsey – PolyPay

Grand Champion Ewe: Alesix Cross – Hampshire

Reserve Champion Ewe: Brandi Meder – Suffolk

Grade Classes:

Aged Ewe: Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe: Brandi Meder

Pair of Yearling Ewe Lambs: Tessa Warner

Pair of Ewe Lambs: Kendall Eckman

Pen of Four Market Lambs: Kendall Eckman

Breeders Young Flock: Tessa Warner

Flock: Tessa Warner

Tessa Warner took first place with her Commercial Fleece. Ester Knappenberger took first place with her natural colored wool.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.