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Walker wins feeder steer show

ROME TOWNSHIP — One award just isn’t enough for some Lawrence County 4-H participants.

At Tuesday’s cattle competition at the Lawrence County Junior Fair, some students walked away with more than one honor for their months of hard work and dedication.

Farmhands 4-H club member Kasey Walker took home the grand champion trophy in the feeder steer competition. She also took home the junior division showmanship award.

Kasey’s mom and dad, Stephen and Angie Walker, said credit for the calf goes directly to Kasey’s hard work.

“She feeds him, walks him, washes him down four times a day,” Angie Walker said. “She does a good job. He (Bean, the steer) get blow-dried and conditioned.”

Cody Myers, of Starlite, was another multiple favorite. He took home the reserve champion trophy in the feeder steer competition. But Myers’ feeder heifer garnered him grand champion trophy in its division. Feeder cattle judge Bret King had compliments for Myers’ heifer.

“The grand champion in ultra-feminine, nice, it has a fluid structure,” he said.

Myers said having a good mom and dad— both his and his cow’s— with the secret to his success.

Reserve champion honors in the feeder heifer category went to J.E. Pinkerman of Gingham and Denim. Pinkerman said the secret to having a winning cow no secret at all: it simply takes hard work.

“Always being out there, showing it and making it look good,” Pinkerman said.

King, of Kingston, said this was his first trip to Lawrence County as a cattle judge and he didn’t know what to expect at first, but in the end, he was pleased.

“I think you’ve got some good calves and the exhibitors have done a nice job,” King said.

In the beef breeding competition, the top two honors went to Tyler Kerns, Zachary Sloan, respectively, both with Gingham and Denim.

In the feeder cattle showmanship competition, the senior division honor went to Kyle Evans of Dog Fork Haymakers.

In the beef sweepstakes, the top three awards went to Cody Myers, J.E. Pinkerman and Evan Herrell, respectively. Each won a cash award and a bucket with an assortment of farm supplies.