4-H Sheep Show a "Shear" Success

JAMESOTWN, NY (July 27, 2022) 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 Jimmy Stickley saw all sunny skies with 14 Market Lambs and 19 Breeding Sheep. Ian Lindell won Grand Champion Ram and Reserve Champion Ram. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Ella Underberg with a Southdown. Reserve Champion Ewe honors were received by Ian Lindell with a California Red.

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. First Year Junior Champion Showman was awarded to Lydia Cross. Second Year Senior Champion Showman was awarded to Ella Underberg. Third year and over Junior Champion Showman was Kiley Jones and Reserve Champion went to Kaitlyn Brown. Third year and over Senior Champion Showman was Hannah Cross with Hannah Schauman bringing home Reserve Champion. Receiving top honors as Grand Champion Showman was Hannah Cross with Ella Underberg 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 2022. Each Market Lamb participant is eligible to sell their top animals at the Meat Animal Sale on Friday July 22nd, at 12 noon. This year the 4-H Lamb Project sold 14 lambs at the Meat Animal Sale. In this year’s Market Lamb classes top honors in the Lightweight class went to Lydia Covert and Kiley Jones receiving reserve. In the Medium Weight class Lydia Cross was the champion and Tianna Bova received reserve honors. The Light-Heavy Weight was won by Hannah Schauman, while also taking reserve. In the Heavy Weight division Hannah Cross received first place and Jaiden Huntington received second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at the Meat Animal Sale, was given to Lydia Covert for her lightweight lamb and Lydia Cross took home Reserve Champion Market lamb. Third overall went to Hannah Cross; fourth overall was held by Jaiden Huntington and fifth overall went to Hannah Schauman.

Additional Lamb results are listed here:

Pair of Market Lambs: First place – Rachael Harper

Southdown Division

Spring Ewe Lamb: Ella Underberg

Suffolk Division

Fall Ram Lamb: Ian Lindell

Spring Ram Lamb: Ian Lindell

Pair Ram Lambs: Ian Lindell

Spring Ewe Lamb: Ian Lindell

Pair of Ewe Lambs: Ian Lindell

Pen of 4 lambs: Ian Lindell

Breeders Young Flock: Ian Lindell

Set of Sire: Ian Lindell

California Red Division:

Spring Ram Lamb: Ian Lindell

Ewe 1 year and under 2 years: Ian Lindell

Spring Ewe Lamb: Ian Lindell

Grand Champion Ram – Ian Lindell- Suffolk

Reserve Grand Champion Ram – Ian Lindell- Suffolk

Grand Champion Ewe – Ella Underberg- Southdown

Reserve Champion Ewe – Ian Lindell- California Red

Grade Classes:

Yearling Ewe – Luke Jones

Ewe Lamb – Ella Underberg

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.

Last updated July 27, 2022