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Cattle competition contestants didn’t need ‘prodding’ to perform

Handheld fans were being waved all over the show ring at the Lawrence County Fair Thursday evening as the sun was out in full force at the time of the beef breeding, feeder calf and dairy cattle competitions.

The three separate categories were judged, beginning with the beef breeding competition at 5.p.m. Chelsey Keathley, 17, of Symmes Valley, received the title of Grand Champion and said it felt really good to win. This was her fifth year training cattle and said she showed this year’s entrant last year as well.

“I’ve had her forever,” Chelsey said. “She gets bathed twice a day and she’s fed twice a day and I practice with her each day. It’s a lot of work.”

Brittany Norris, a senior at Symmes Valley High School, took home the title of Reserve Champion. She has been involved with 4-H for nine years and this is her second year working with cattle. She said she has to wash and blow-dry the calf everyday and keep working with it so it knows what to do and is comfortable with it.

“It feels like a lot of hard work finally paid off,” Brittany said.

Meghan Call, a junior at Symmes Valley High School, earned the showmanship honor. She has been involved in 4-H since the fourth grade.

The feeder steer show began immediately after the beef breeding competition. Ann-Michal Dyer, a seventh-grade student at Chesapeake Middle School, took home the Grand Champion title. This was her fourth year competing, and said she tried showing goats last year.

“I didn’t really like doing goats,” Ann-Michal said. “I like doing cows better.”

Josh Craft, a senior at Symmes Valley High School, received the Reserve Champion title in the feeder steer division and has been competing for two years.

“I just enjoy the travel, the fun and the competition,” Josh said.

The dairy cattle competition had only two entrants this year, brother and sister. Garrett Crawford, a junior at Symmes Valley High School, won the title of Grand Champion. Cheryl Crawford, eighth-grade student at Symmes Valley Junior High, won Reserve Champion and the showmanship award.