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Carcass Dinner awards $5,530 to top exhibitors

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

Contributed by the Mid-State Fair Mid-State Fair top 10 market steer exhibitors honored at the Carcass Dinner were, from left, Mark Clement, Jesslyn Blank, Trevor Straeck, Jake Walker, Mattie Lindsey, Sarah Sandoval, Tabitha Vander Hors and Katie Taylor. Also pictured is Mid-State Fair CEO Michael H. Bradley.

PASO ROBLES — The top 10 Carcass Class Awards of 2016 were awarded Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Paso Robles Event Center to honor those who reared market steers eligible for competition, with carcasses being graded at harvest facilities by United States Department of Agriculture graders. Market steers entered into the 2016 Mid-State Fair must have been graded USDA Select+ or higher to be edible for carcass awards.

Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley said that the market steers are produced for harvesting and those eligible for the carcass award are honored each year at the annual dinner.

“The results are given after the fair each year and all of the young people were recognized for their work breeding and exhibiting steers,” he said, “The top 10 were given monitory winnings, belt buckles and

were recognized at the annual Carcass dinner.”

This year’s top 10 exhibitors and breeding partners were:

• Exhibitor Jesslyn Blank, of Templeton FFA, took 1st Place Gold Seal and $785. Exhibitor Jess Wilson, of Parkfield 4-H, and Breeder Cory Reid, of Wheatland, took 2nd Place and $730.

• Exhibitor Trevor Straeck, of Atascadero FFA, and Breeder Hyder Cattle, of Springville, took 3rd Place and $680.

• Exhibitor Camryn Roth, of Templeton FFA, and Breeder Cal Cherry, of Paso Robles, took 4th Place Gold

Seal and $630.

• Exhibitor Tabitha Vander Horst, of Edna 4-H, and Breeder Colburn Cattle Co., of Visalia, took 5th Place and $580.

• Exhibitor Katie Taylor, of Templeton 4-H, and Breeder Joe Simonin, of Templeton, took 6th Place and $525.

• Exhibitor Sarah Sandoval, of Morro Bay 4-H, and Breeder Rocking D-C Ranch, of San Luis Obispo, took 7th Place and $475.

• Exhibitor Mattie Lindsey, of Templeton 4-H, and Breeder John Whitson, of Templeton, took 8th Place, Gold Seal and $425.

• Exhibitor Casey Nauta, of Atascadero FFA and Breeder Greg Nauta, of San Luis Obispo, took 9th Place, and $375.

• Exhibitor Jake Walker, of San Luis Obispo FFA, and Breeder Silva Cattle, of Kingsburg, took 10th Place and $325.

Bradley said that Carcass Class Awards honor both the exhibitor and breeder of a market steer and in terms of the young persons in competition, one of the most important things about the fair is the learning experience.

“Through the fair these young people are purview to an unparalleled learning experience in competition and each are contributing to the food chain by raising steers for market,” Bradley said. “So when they purchase and raise a steer they are trying to produce the best of the best for consumers. These animals are broken down to the carcass and then judged by USDA standards and quality and the animal is evaluated, scored, and ranked. It means that they have accomplished a lot raising a steer that is high-grade and have a much better understanding for what it takes to accomplish this in the real world as our top beef producers do every day.”

Bradley and the Mid-State Fair are able to host carcass class awards through Carcass Sponsors, including Atascadero Trail Riders, Cagliero Ranches, Ray Dauth, Estrella Ranch, Farm Supply, H&H Plumbing, JB Dewar, Jr. Livestock Support Club, Mark Switzer Excavation, Paso Robles Waste, San Miguel

Flouring, Jim & Debbie Saunders, Simonin Livestock, SLO Cattlemen’s Association, Specialty Silicone Fabricators and Visalia Livestock Market.

To learn more about market steer competition, register an animal for next year’s Mid- State Fair, or see livestock judging results for the year 2016, visit midstatefair.com.

For the complete article see the 09-16-2016 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 09-16-2016 paper.

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