Chautauqua County Beef Classic Boasts Record Numbers

By Jan Schauman, Chautauqua County 4-H Volunteer

DUNKIRK, NEW YORK (May 19, 2016) --The Chautauqua County Beef Classic Show was held on May 14th at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk, NY. This annual cattle show is sponsored by the Chautauqua County 4-H Beef Project and is open to all currently enrolled New York State 4-H and FFA members. This year 42 participants showed a total of 66 head of cattle: 36 steers and 30 beef heifers. Participants came from Chautauqua, Erie, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and Genesee Counties as well as from Erie, PA. Pete Broughton from Silver Springs, NY judged the participants in Showmanship, Heifer and Steer classes.

Showmanship classes are designed to show the participant’s ability to present their animal to the best of its genetic ability. Both heifer and steer classes are judged solely on the animal itself.

Champion Showman was Shelby Kelkenberg of Erie County and Reserve Champion Showman was ten year old Hannah Schauman of Ashville, NY. The Champion Heifer also belonged to Shelby Kelkenberg of Erie County and the Reserve Champion Heifer award went to Sarah Osborne of Panama, NY. Carmen Marino of Erie County won Grand Champion Steer and the Reserve Champion Steer award went to Michael Kibbe of Randolph, NY.

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 Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Last updated May 26, 2016