On Wednesday evening of Fair Week, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's 4-H Sheep Project participants showed in the 4-H Sheep Show.
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.
Pictured is Steven Overend, who is assisting his brother Matthew Overend with Judge Warren Beeler. Matt’s sheep received top market honors, earning a place as first and second selling order at the Meat Animal Sale.
Wednesday's Sheep Show, judged by Warren Beeler, saw all sunny skies with 52 Market Lambs and 75 Breeding Sheep. Grand Champion Ram was received by Brittany Woodard, with her Suffolk, and Reserve Champion Ram was won by Bryan Tenpas, exhibiting his Horned Dorset. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Tenpas, who also showed a Cheviot, with the Reserve Champion Ewe honors being received by Maxwell Peterson with his Cheviot.
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 Peterson with Woodard 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.
In this year's Market Lamb classes, top honors in the Light Weight class went to Sarah Osborne with Peterson receiving Reserve. In the Medium Weight class Kayla Schauman and Onnalee Strong was also awarded Grand and Reserve. The Light-Heavy Weight division was won by Rachel Harper and Branden Decker coming in second. In the Heavy Weight division, Matt Overend received first place and second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at Meat Animal Sale, was given to Overend for his heavy weight lamb, and Overend will be selling second with the Reserve Market Lamb.
Additional Lamb results:
Cheviot Division -
Ewe Lamb - Max Peterson
Ewe One Year Under Two - Tristan Peterson
Champion Ewe - Max Peterson
Reserve Champion Ewe - Max Peterson
Pen of Four - Brittany Woodard
Flock and Breeders Young Flock - Brittany Woodard
Ram Lamb - Brittany Woodard
Aged Ewe - Rachel Harper
Yearling Ewe - Rachel Harper
Spring Ewe Lamb - Brittany Woodard
Pair of Yearling Ewes - Kendra Dorman
Pair Ewe Lambs - Rachel Harper
Get of Sire - Rachel Harper
Champion Ram - Brittany Woodard
Reserve Ram - Hope Catanese
Champion Ewe - Rachel Harper
Reserve Ewe - Brittany Woodard
Horned Dorset Division:
Aged Ram - Bryan Tenpas
Aged Ewe - Bryan Tenpas
Champion Ram - Bryan Tenpas
Champion Ewe - Bryan Tenpas
Yearling Ram - Tessa Warner
Yearling Ewe - Tessa Warner
Champion Ewe - Tessa Warner
Champion Ram - Tessa Warner
Boarder Leicester Division:
Yearling Ewe - Lucy Knappenberger
Champion Ewe - Lucy Knappenberger
Aged Ewe - Logan Fain
Ewe Lamb - Matt Overend
Lucy Knappenberger took first place with her Wool Breed Fleece. Lynanne Woolley took first place with her Commercial Fleece.