Youth from Va., Tenn. to Show Cattle May 1

4/27/2013 7:00 AM
By Jane W. Graham Virginia Correspondent

ABINGDON, Va. — The 69th Bristol Steer and Heifer Show is set for May 1 at the Washington County Fair Grounds. Young people from both Virginia and Tennessee will be exhibiting their cattle during the event.

“We’re really excited about it,” Matthew Miller, show chairman said. The youth will be competing for approximately $1,000 in scholarships.

Miller, the Wythe County Extension agriculture and natural resource and farm business management agent, said exhibitors will be coming from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. They will be showing more than 40 steers and 60 heifers.

The breeds to be shown include Angus, Simmental, Hereford, Charolais, Shorthorn and Limousine, as well as commercial cattle.

Miller said he is expecting approximately 50 young people to participate in the event. They will be coming from the Tennessee counties of Hancock, Claiborne, Sullivan and Washington and from the Virginia counties of Lee, Washington, Smyth, Pulaski and Bland.

Traditionally, between 40 and 80 buyers can be expected at the shows. Miller said some of the buyers split a beef between two families.

The youth will be showing cattle, competing in showmanship and in a skillathon. There will also be a record book competition.

The show is sponsored jointly by the Virginia and Tennessee Cooperative Extension programs.

At the conclusion of the show, the steers will be sold. The following week their carcasses will be judged in competition at Russell Meats in Castlewood, Va., which processes the meat. Carcass winners will be announced May 10, Miller said.

The shows are judged on a rotating basis by judges from either Tennessee or Virginia. This year Chad Joines of Virginia Tech will be judging the live cattle and Dwight Loveday of the University of Tennessee will be judging the carcasses.

This year’s sponsors include First Bank and Trust, Farm Credit of the Virginias, Food City, Farm Credit Mid America, Meade Tractor, Light Milling and the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Food City will provide free lunches for the competitors and their parents at the May 1 event.

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