Exhibitors from across Delaware County put the beef cattle projects on display on Thursday, March 1 during the beef cattle show at the 2017 Delaware County Spring Livestock Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Heifers were shown first and when the dust had settled Grove FFA exhibitor Ali Getz came out on top with her breed champion Limousin.
"I am so excited," Getz said. "It is an awesome feeling to win with all the competition in the show ring tonight. When he kept walking around and looking at the different cattle I was so nervous. But it is a great feeling winning tonight."
Reserve grand champion heifer was shown by Ashley Holcombe of Jay FFA with her breed champion Commercial.
"I am happy with the outcome. I feel good to be near the top," added Holcombe.
Lindie Eubanks of Grove FFA had the breed champion Angus while Sellor Lane, Jay FFA, exhibited the breed champion Charolais and Shania Bennett, Colcord FFA, the reserve.
Lane also exhibited the breed champion Hereford with Emily Knowles, Grove FFA, the reserve breed Limousin.
Kash Butler, Grove FFA, had the top Maine Anjou and Jonathan Daugherty, Starr 4-H, the reserve. Breed champion Shorthorn went to Holcombe with reserve breed champion shorthorn going to Caleb Holcombe, Jay 4-H.
Kord Butler, Grove FFA, had the best Simmental heifer with Skylar Scott, Kansas FFA, the reserve breed champion.
Reserve breed champion Commercial heifer was shown by Katlyn Demmitt, Grove FFA.
Grand champion steer was shown by Brant Pollan, Starr 4-H, with his class three winner. Reserve grand champion was shown by Knowles with her class four first place steer.
"This is the first time winning something big since I started showing. It feels great. I have won some stuff before but this is way bigger than anything else I have accomplished and it felt good," said Pollan. Pollan who plays sports says all the hard has paid off.
"I have to work around my sports and it has been hard at times. I have spent a lot of late nights and early mornings taking care of him. But it all has paid off and I am excited," added Pollan.
Knowles bred and raised her reserve grand champion steer giving the win more meaning.
"With me breeding and raising this steer it means a lot more than if I just went and bought it. I feel like I makes me even more proud of my accomplishment," said Knowles.
Toby Johnson, Oaks FFA, had the class one winning steer with Ashley Holcombe have tops in class two. Class five winner was Rylee Caswell, Grove FFA, while Kaden Green, Jay 4-H, had the top steer in class six.
Dustee Hollenback, Jay 4-H, was first in class seven.
In the showmanship competition junior champion went to Hollenback while reserve was Pollan. Kord Butler won the intermediate showmanship competition with twin brother Kash as reserve. Ashley Holcombe was chosen top senior showman with Knowles reserve.