Judge David Vikse chatted with nearly all of the competitors during the interclub steer classes on May 7 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Vikse provided numerous constructive comments and praise for all of the competitors. Photos by Jordie Dwyer

‘Well finished’ 4-H beef show in Ponoka

Annual show and sale held May 7 for Ponoka 4-H beef clubs

It was a fun and successful day for the area’s 4-H beef competitors at the annual district show and sale.

Held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre on May 7, the competition included female show, district steer show along with the awards presentation plus the sale and supper.

District beef committee secretary Monica Harvey said many of the participants and judges were pleased with how the show went.

“A few of the comments from the judges, Dakota Townsend and Dave Vikse, included this was one of the most well finished group of steers they had ever seen at a 4-H show,” she said in an email.

“(The judges) also congratulated the kids and parents on proper feeding of our market steers and encouraged buyers to put the beef in their freezers as it would be a great product.”

In addition, Harvey and many of the parents commended the Calnash staff for the continued fantastic support offered to the Ponoka 4-H clubs and the use of this world class facility.

“Many of the parents said how nice the Calnash is to show in. As well, it was so great to see all of the parents, grand-parents and other family members and relatives that came out to watch,” she said.

“The great support is also very appreciated from the community sponsors and buyers.”

The results from the Ponoka district 4-H achievement day were:

Interclub grand champion steer – Troy Mantai, reserve champion steer – Jestin Jacklin; Interclub grand champion heifer – Wyatt McAllister; Interclub judging champion – senior Jace Jacklin, reserve Colter Bresee; intermediate Carter McDowell, reserve Damien Thalen; junior Addison McKinney, reserve Jessy Sheppard; Top rate of gain – Conor Haan, 4.479 lbs/day; Stall decorating – East Ponoka Beef.

Showmanship – senior grand champion Troy Mantai, reserve Jace Jacklin; intermediate Quaid McKinney, reserve Wyatt McAllister; junior Addison McKinney, reserve Quinn Lentz.

Grooming – senior grand champion Troy Mantai, reserve Jace Jacklin; intermediate Quaid McKinney, reserve Carter McDowell; junior Addison McKinney, reserve Quinn Lentz.

West club champion steer Damien Thalen, reserve Kaleb Thalen; East club champion steer Quaid McKinney, reserve Tade Tonneson;

West club pen of five – Jackson Cline, Troy Mantai, Jestin Jacklin, Kormac Bresee, Sadie Haan.

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Judge David Vikse chatted with nearly all of the competitors during the interclub steer classes on May 7 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Vikse provided numerous constructive comments and praise for all of the competitors. Photos by Jordie Dwyer

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