4-H Competes Late Into the Night

4-H Members Exhibited Lambs and Breeding Sheep all Evening Wednesday at the 135th Chautauqua County Fair.

JAMESOTWN, NY (August 3, 2016) Wednesday evening the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Sheep Project participants showed in the 4-H Sheep Show. Sheep Program participants have owned their Market Sheep for at least 85 days and have owned their breeding animals in many cases for multiple years. Youth in the Sheep Breeding Project continue to expand their herd each year adding additional quality and working to preserve certain traits and characteristics. Youth in the 4-H Sheep Project spend a great deal of time raising, caring, and conditioning each animal. Sheep in particular, have to regularly be sheared, have veterinarian exams and exercised. Wednesday’s Sheep Show, judged by Benjamin Williamson, saw all sunny skies with 60 Market Lambs and 85 Breeding Sheep. Grand Champion Ram was received by Tessa Warner with her Shrop and Reserve Champion Ram was won by Rachael Harper with her Suffolk. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Hannah Cross who also showed a Polled Dorset. Reserve Champion Ewe honors were received by Rachael Harper with her Suffolk.

In Showmanship Classes sheep exhibitors are judged on their showing abilities, including how they handle their animal and in some cases, others’ animals as well. Receiving top honors as Grand Champion Showman was Sarah Osborne with Branden Decker receiving Reserve honors.

Market Lambs are evaluated in four divisions by weight: Light, Medium, Light-Heavy and Heavy Weight. A Grand Champion Market and Reserve Champion Market Lamb are also honored as top market lambs for 2016. Each Market Lamb participant is eligible to sell their top animals at the Meat Animal Sale on Friday July 29th, at 12 noon. This year the 4-H Lamb Project will sell 47 lambs at the Meat Animal Sale. In this year’s Market Lamb classes’ top honors in the Light Weight class went to Rachael Harper and Natalie Hoyt receiving Reserve. In the Medium Weight class Bryanna Warner and Sarah Osborne was also awarded Grand and Reserve. Heavy Medium Weight Grand went to Hanna Schauman and Reserve went to Sarah Osborne. The Light-Heavy Weight division was won by Corinne Covert she also took Reserve. In the Heavy Weight division, Jaiden Huntington received first place and Kayla Schauman received second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at Meat Animal Sale, was given to Jaiden Huntington for his heavy weight lamb, and Kayla Schauman will be selling second with the Reserve Market Lamb.

Additional Lamb results are listed here:

Pair of Market Lambs: First place – Wyatt Harrington, Second place – Corinne Covert.

Tunis Division-

Champion Ewe – Jordyn Majka

Suffolk Division

Flock and Breeders Young Flock- Rachael Harper

Ram Lamb- Rachael Harper

Aged Ewe- Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe-Rachael Harper

Spring Ewe Lamb- Rachael Harper

Pair of Yearling Ewes- Rachael Harper

Pair Ewe Lambs – Rachael Harper

Champion Ram- Rachael Harper

Champion Ewe- Rachael Harper

Reserve Ewe- Rachael Harper

Shropshire Division:

Aged Ram – Tessa Warner

Spring Ram Lamb – Tessa Warner

Aged Ewe – Tessa Warner

Champion Ewe - Tessa Warner

Champion Ram - Tessa Warner

Boarder Leicester Division:

Yearling Ewe - Esther Knappenberger

Spring Ewe Lamb – Amanda Knappenberger

Champion Ewe - Amanda Knappenberger

Grand Champion Ram – Tessa Warner

Reserve Grand Champion Ram - Rachael Harper

Grand Champion Ewe – Hannah Cross

Reserve Champion Ewe – Rachael Harper

Grade Classes:

Yearling Ewe – Kamryn Harper

Ewe Lamb - Hannah Cross

Pair of Ewe Lambs – Rachael Harper

Kendra Dorman took first place with her Wool Breed Fleece. Brittany Woodard took first place with her Commercial Fleece, and Esther Knappenberger took first place for her natural color wool.

Pen of Four Market Lambs – Rachael Harper

Breeders Young Flock – Rachael Harper

Jordyn Majka took first place with her Wool Breed Fleece and another first place with her Commercial Fleece. Amanda Knappenberger took first place for her natural color wool.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Kate Ewer
4-H Community Educator
716-664-9502 ext. 212

Last updated August 4, 2016