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2nd District Cattle Show prepares exhibitors, promotes GFB

Brandon Boling of Banks County and Madyson McDaniel of Jackson County won the top prizes in the 9th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau 2nd District Young Farmer Steer & Heifer Show Jan. 20 at the White County Agriculture Center. About 300 people attended and watched 83 students compete in the event, held to help cattle exhibitors in the district continue developing their showmanship skills between the Georgia National Fair in October and the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in February.

The district uses the show to introduce exhibitors to Farm Bureau membership and the GFB Young Farmer program in hopes of encouraging students to get involved with their county Young Farmer Committees when they turn 18.

Boling won the $300 prize for Grand Champion Steer with his Shorthorn steer. McDaniel won the $300 prize for Supreme Champion Heifer with her Percentage Simmental heifer.

Jolie Nicholson of Stephens County received the $200 prize for Reserve Champion Steer with her Limousin steer. Jesse Cronic of Jackson County won the $200 prize for Supreme Reserve Champion Heifer with his Angus heifer.

Each of the students who competed received a GFB membership brochure, a GFB Young Farmer calendar and a souvenir t-shirt designed by Franklin County Young Farmer Heather Cabe. The prizes for the show awards were funded by donations from 2nd District county Farm Bureaus, county presidents and insurance agents.  The cutting boards were donated by Lew’s Personalized Cutting Board’s owned by GFB 2nd District Young Farmer Chair Kyle Lewallen.

Logan Stovall of Stephens County won the $250 Academic Scholarship given by the GFB 2nd District Young Farmer Steer and Heifer Show Committee.  This was the second year the scholarship has been offered to 12th Grade show participants. Two $200 academic scholarships were given to William Barrett of Habersham County & Zack Murray of Stephens County. Jackson County’s Taylor Davis won the 12th Grade Showmanship and a $250 prize. Other showmanship winners were: 11th Grade – Hunter Spear, Jackson County; 10th Grade – Ellie Clark, Hall County; 9th Grade – Madyson McDaniel, Jackson County; 8th Grade, Bella Chandler, Jackson County; 7th Grade – Morgan McDaniel, Jackson County; 6th Grade – Trey Chafin, Hart County; 5th Grade – Allen Bridges, Madison County; 4th Grade- Sara Talton, Union County.

In breed heifer classes, winners were: High Percent Simmental Champion – Madyson McDaniel, Jackson County; High Percent Simmental Reserve Champion – Morgan McDaniel, Jackson County; Low Percent Simmental Champion- Trey Chafin, Hart County; Low Percent Simmental Reserve Champion- Ellie Clark, Hall County; Angus Champion & Angus Reserve Champion – Jesse Cronic, Jackson County; Black Hereford Grand Champion- Anna Grace Jones, White County; Black Hereford Reserve Champion- Abigail Ausburn, White County; Charolais Record Champion– Ethan Dalton, Banks County; Charolais Record Reserve Champion – Janna Anderson, Elbert County; Shorthorn Champion – Jared Sheriff, Stephens County; Shorthorn Reserve Champion – Luke Fulcher, Jackson County; Simmental Champion – Grace McClain, Habersham; Simmental Reserve Champion – Peyton Rucker, Jackson County; Other Breeds Champion- Trey Chafin, Hart County; Other Breeds Reserve Champion – Maverick Martin, Jackson County; Commercial Heifer Champion – Keely Shultz, Jackson County; Commercial Heifer Reserve Champion – Chloe Boling, Banks County.

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