Local families give back through Supreme Heifer program – Sterling Journal-Advocate
Cattle exhibitors take hours and hours of work to prepare for the Logan County Fair each year and in fact, they are already busy preparing for next year’s fair. On Saturday morning, October 16, Alie Sator, this year’s overall winner of the Logan County Supreme Heifer Program, was at the Sterling Livestock Commission to select a heifer to add to her herd for display at the Fair. ‘next year.
According to a press release, the Supreme Heifer program was created by local families who wanted to come up with a program to develop the breeding oxen show at the fair and also teach participants and families what is happening in these animals and have their own. own herd of cattle. There are five local families who are partnering with the CSU extension office to provide this opportunity.
“We are fortunate to live in a community where we have so much support from community members and where we maintain our strong local roots,” the press release said.
Program participants are encouraged to write a special recording booklet, as well as an interview for the project. There are three winners selected and among these, the big winner can choose a heifer from a heifer pen provided by local breeder families to take home, breed and breed and then show off at the fair.
“This is my second year; the first year you enter you raise a heifer and then she entered phase 1. The following year you leave with the heifer and her calf and in phase two you present her as a cow-calf pair. I also had another phase 1 heifer that I will bring back next year with her calf, ”said Sator.
Other participants in this program this year included: Harper Johnson, Grace Wernsman, Lyla Wernsman, Ben Walker, Molly Walker, Wyatt Walker, Madie Johnson, Laney Schliesser, Payton Spielman and Aden Young.
“I was excited. There is a lot of hard work; so that all my hard work was rewarded at the end, I was very proud of myself and also of my heifer, ”said Sator of being selected as the big winner. “I’m grateful to be a part of such a cool program and to have such great sponsors providing the heifers.”
Along with Sator, this year’s other winners were Molly Walker for Phase 1 and Lyla Wernsman for Phase 2. Both received a buckle ahead of the Bud Van Berg Memorial 4-H / FFA Junior Cattle Sale at this fair. year.
The judges for the program this year were Jason Santamoso, Rylie Salyards, Jared Wagner, Logan Guenzi and Jill Hill.
As the big winner, Sator was asked to choose one in four heifers provided by local beef families. The choice was difficult, the young exhibitor taking the time to meticulously examine each animal, paying particular attention to the different characteristics that stand out. Finally, it was a Guenzi heifer that caught his attention.
“The four heifers were really good. You just have to nitpick into different things – you say this one is better from that point of view, but this one does something a little better. But I’m happy with my decision and think we’ll do good at next year’s show, ”Sator said.
The organizers of the Supreme Heifer program would like to warmly thank Sterling Livestock for allowing the program to use their pens for heifer picking.