Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Beef Project have been gaining knowledge and raising animals since November in preparation for this year's County Fair. Today, youth will have the opportunity to practice at a preview show held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.
The Chautauqua County Beef Classic show opportunity gives participants a chance to do a "trial run" with their animal in a show arena situation. Animals can be unpredictable, and steers in particular are over 10 times the weight of their handlers. Participants in this preview show will have the chance to see how their animal might react to the show arena atmosphere, including interaction with other animals, hearing voices on the loudspeakers, having people all around and having a judge examine the animal.
Professional Beef Judge Becky Snyder has been contracted as a judge for the 2013 Beef Classic Show and will provide the youth with interaction, critiques and information that they can incorporate into their daily routines as they continue to raise their steers for the 2013 Chautauqua County Fair.
This mock show is hosted by the 4-H Beef Advisory Committee. They expect more than 25 participants to exhibit steers, and heifers involved in the breeding program. This event is open to the public. For more information about the 4-H Beef Program or to find out how you can become involved in Chautauqua County 4-H, call the 4-H Office at 716-664-9502 Ext. 214.