Casper hosts Junior Hereford event
The Wyoming Junior Hereford Association held their annual Wyoming Junior Hereford Field Day June 10-11 at Casper College in Casper. The Casper College Agriculture Department hosted the event, and with about 20 participants.
Wyoming Junior Hereford Field Day Advisor Jeff Ward shares his gratefulness for the department, saying, “The department did a fantastic job, and we really appreciate them.”
Ward is pleased with the turnout of this year’s event and the youth involvement the event promotes each year.
He notes, “The goal of the event is to get the youth involved and to promote the Hereford breed.”
Multiple contests took place and participants were able to mix in fun activities throughout the event.
The showmanship contest, Hereford steer show and the Barbecue and Barnyard Olympics took place June 10. The bred and owned heifer show, cow/calf pair show, bull show and owned heifer show took place on June 11.
“There’re four divisions of the showmanship contest – pewee, junior, intermediate and senior,” says Ward. “The bred and owned shows, along with the bull, heifer and cow/calf pair shows involve showing cattle the kids have raised themselves, while the owned show are heifers that have been purchased by other producers.”
Competitors were awarded in the multiple different show categories.
Saige Ward of Laramie exhibited the Champion Bred and Owned Female and the Champion Bred and Owned Bull; Jhett West of Sheridan exhibited the Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Female; Sarah Birdsall of Torrington exhibited the Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Bull; Samantha Campbell of Eaton, Colo. exhibited the Champion Owned Female; Samantha Campbell of Eaton, Colo. exhibited the Reserve Champion Owned Female; Sarah Birdsall of Torrington exhibited the Champion Cow/Calf Pair; Kaylynn Weber of Shoshoni exhibited the Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair; Samantha Campbell of Eaton, Colo. exhibited Champion Hereford Steer; and Wynn West of Sheridan exhibited the Reserve Champion Steer.
Ward is proud of all of the participants’ hard work preparing for this year’s event. He enjoys working with the youth and feels the event is a great way to get youth involved with the Hereford breed.
“My wife Lindsay and I have been the adult advisors for this group for several years,” he says. “My favorite part about the event is watching how the kids grow, become better friends, better competitors and produce better stock each year”
Kaitlyn Root is an editor for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to email@example.com.