Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County recently announced livestock results from the New York State Fair. Youth in the Lamb and Hog projects represented Chautauqua County.
Branden Decker, of the Little Brokenstraws 4-H club in Ashville, exhibited his lamb and pig. Branden placed seventh in Senior Sheep Showmanship and third in Open Senior Sheep Showmanship. His lamb placed fourth in the Market Class. Branden was Senior Hog Showman Champion, Reserve Champion in the Heavy Weight Market Hog Class, and second in the January Breeding Gilt class. In the open classes Branden's gilt was second, third in the Heavy Weight Market Hog class and fourth place Market Hog overall. His Market Lamb placed sixth in open class. Branden also participated in the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest and placed seventh overall.
Branden and his sisters Corinne and Lydia Covert participated in a hog obstacle race. Lydia placed first in the youngest group with a time of 53 seconds. Branden placed second with a time of 55 seconds, and Corrine placed third with a time of 59 seconds.
Branden Decker (back), Rachael Harper (left) and Corinne Covert (right) show off some their ribbons in the livestock competition from the Great New York State Fair.
Corinne Covert exhibited her lamb and hog. She placed sixth in Junior Showmanship out of 12 participants. She was announced Champion in the Junior Lead line Showmanship. Her Market Lamb finished in sixth place in the 4-H show and seventh in the Open Show. With her Hog, Corinne won Champion Novice Junior Showmanship, fourth place in the 4-H Market Hog Contest. In open class her hog placed third in the Medium Weight class and fifth overall. Corinne also participated in the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship contest and placed fifth in record keeping, second in knowledge review and third in hog judging. finishing 14th overall.
Lydia Covert, a 4-H Cloverbud member of the Little Rascals in Ashville, exhibited her lamb and her hog in Peewee Showmanship classes.
Max Peterson from Frewsburg exhibited his lambs. He placed sixth in Senior Showmanship. His lambs finished second and fourth in the Intermediate Market Lamb Weight Division, third and fourth in the Medium Weight Market Lamb Division, second and fourth in the Cheviot Yearling Ewe Class and third in the Junior Ewe Class. In the Open Show Max's Lambs finished first and second in the Intermediate Market Lamb Class, third and fourth in the Medium Weight Market Lamb Class, fourth and sixth in the Yearling Cheviot Class and fourth in the Junior Cheviot Class. His animal also earned the title of Open Class Grand Champion Market Lamb.
Together Branden, Max, Corinne and Lydia participated as a team for the Sheep Bowl Contest. They finished in fifth place as a team.
Rachael Harper, of the Chrowes Corners 4-H Club in Jamestown exhibited her lambs and hog. Rachael placed third in Novice Sheep Showmanship, and fourth in Novice Sheep Halter Showmanship. Her lambs placed fifth and nineth in the Market Class, second and third in the Ewe Class, second in the Yearling Ewe class, first in the aged Ewe class, and eighth in the Pair of Ewes Class. Rachael placed third in Novice Hog Showmanship. Her hog finished fourth in the Crossbred Gilt Class, first in the Yorkshire Gilt Class, and third in the Heavy Weight Market Hog Class. In the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest, Rachael placed fourth in Herdsmanship, third in Knowledge Review, fifth in Oral Interview. She finished eighth overall.
Kamryn Harper, of the Chrowes Corners 4-H Club in Jamestown exhibited her lamb in the Little Shepherd Halter Class, receiving the Cloverbud participation ribbon.
Tessa Warner, of the Stockton Panthers 4-H Club in Stockton exhibited her sheep and hogs. She and Rachael Harper participated in the Livestock Skill-A-Thon contest and finished on the fourth-place team. They also participated in the Livestock Judging Contest and finished on the eighth-place team.
For more information about 4-H, call 716-664-9502 or visit the website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua.