The 70th annual Clarksville Area Better Beef Steer Event was conducted at the Kentucky-Tennessee Livestock Market in Guthrie, Ky. on May 12. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, exhibitors did not get to do all the traditional things like showmanship, show in ring with a crowd, or compete in a hands-on skillathon.
However, exhibitors did drop off, lead, and leave steers for a pen show with the judge ranking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. These results, along with carcass evaluation awards, virtual beef skillathon, and rate of gain were not revealed until the Carcass Awards event on Aug. 4.
4-H Members from Robertson, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Todd, and Montgomery counties entered 105 steers into this year’s event.
There were 14 4-H Exhibitors from Robertson County that entered 28 steers. They included Collin Cook, Brickey Cox, Burton Cox, Ben Hansen, Allana Heard, Bailey Hunter, Alyssa Jackson, Matthew Jackson, Jackson Jones, Nick Marlin, Bobby Ogg III, Abby Newberry, Jacob Richards, and Bryant Tillman.
Roberson County Exhibitors placed well in all classes. Event results included several Robertson County 4-H Exhibitors placing 1st or 2nd in the show classes. Robertson County exhibitor awards included Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Carcass Champion, and Reserve Steer of Merit.
Robertson County also had some 1st and 2nd place winners in record book and Skillathon. There were three that placed in top ten in Average Daily Gain, and four placing in the top ten in Bred and Fed Carcass.
Robertson County Exhibitors received five 1st place class awards and two 2nd place awards. Receiving 1st place twice in classes was Collin Cook. Other class winners were Ben Hansen, Allana Heard and Matthew Jackson. Those from Robertson County that received 2nd place in class were Bailey Hunter and Alyssa Jackson.
Highlights at the Awards Night included Ben Hansen winning the Grand Champion award, Collin Cook winning the Reserve Champion Award, and Allana Heard receiving the Grand Champion Carcass award. Allana’s steer received Grand Champion carcass based on the carcass merit, which factors in such things as ribeye area in square inches, backfat, and the quality grade such as choice, select, or prime.
Brickey and Burton Cox were among the top with their steers in the Rate of Gain contest. Brickey placed 5th and 10th while burton was 8th. Their three steers averaged around 4.5 pounds average daily gain. Four of the top 10 bred and fed carcass steers winners were from Robertson County. They were Brickey Cox 1st, Jackson Jones 4th, Burton Cox 7th, and Abby Newberry 8th.
The highest-ranking Robertson County Exhibitor in the Steer of Merit Category annually receives the Leonard Riggins Memorial Award. This award is based on a combination of on-foot placings, carcass quality, and average daily gain. This year’s recipient was Allana Heard. Allana also received the Steer of Merit Reserve Champion in the overall competition with all the counties.
The highest-ranking Robertson County Exhibitor in the Steer of Merit Category that participates with a Farm Bred/Fed Steer receives an award presented by Mary Mantooth/Shady Lane Farm. This year’s recipient was Bailey Hunter.
The Bill Peck Memorial Award is awarded to the Robertson County Exhibitor that has worked the hardest on a day to day basic with his or her steer(s). This year’s recipient was Brickey Cox.
The Tyler J. Head Memorial was presented to Bobby Ogg lll. It is presented to graduating senior each year and is awarded to the individual with the character, honor and dependability best representing Tyler’s memory.
In the steer record book category, Robertson had two award winners. They were Abby Newberry and Allana Heard. Abby placed 1st in the Jr. High Division, and Allana placed 1st in the Senior Division.
The Beef Skillathon contest tested exhibitor knowledge of Beef Production and the Beef Industry. This year’s contest was virtual due to Covid-19. Abby Newberry placed 2nd in the Junior High Division while Brickey Cox placed 4th.
There were four graduating seniors this year that all had competed a number of years in the Clarksville Steer Show. They were from JBHS - Alyssa Jackson, Bobby Ogg III, Jacob Richards and Allana Heard from ERHS.
Robertson County participants were among the best placing well in a variety of categories. For more information about 4-H Programs, feel free to contact the Extension Office at 615-384-7936.
Timmy Mann is an extension agent with the Robertson County UT Extension Office.