​Submitted by Claudia Meeks Baney, 4-H Animal Science specialist, UT Department of Animal Science
This year marked the 42nd year for the Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition. Five hundred and sixty-four youth from across the state of Tennessee exhibited 1,203 cattle and sheep.
 
Expo kicked off on Tuesday, July 9, with the Market Steer Show held at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro. Judge Tom Turner, Ohio, sorted through 55 steers. Sarah Ramsey from Hancock County was awarded Grand Champion with her 1,215 pound steer. Reserve Champion steer went to Morgan Lenhert, Lawrence County, with her 1,310 pound steer.  New to Expo was the Tennessee Beef Ambassador Program sponsored by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. This opportunity allows for youth to help educate consumers and other youth about beef nutrition, beef safety, and stewardship practices of the beef industry. The winner of the contest was Rachael Wolters from Maury County. Rachael will go on to compete during the National Beef Ambassador Contest held in Benton, Ark., in September.
 
The showmanship contest was held Tuesday afternoon. Judges Tom Turner and Brady Ragland from Texas judged 221 exhibitors.
 
Showmanship division winners were:
Senior II – Jacob Lay, Monroe County
Senior I – Kristen Brown, White County
Junior High – Morgan Lenhert, Lawrence County
Junior – Abbey Ivey, Loudon County
Explorer – Haylee Ferguson, Rutherford County
 
Another new addition to Expo was the July Beef Month Appreciation dinner sponsored by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. The dinner was a huge success with nearly 300 exhibitors, parents, volunteers, sponsors and beef cattle producers going through the food lines. There were even special “beef inspired” deserts for everyone to enjoy.
 
Wednesday morning started off with the Commercial Heifer Show. One hundred heifers were shown in this division. Morgan Lenhert’s commercial heifer was named both Champion commercial heifer and Champion Farm Bred commercial heifer. Receiving Reserve Champion honors was Taylor Green from Cumberland County and Jared Hart, Bledsoe County, who was named Reserve Champion Farm Bred. The Registered Heifer Show followed the Commercial classes.  A total of 292 registered heifers were exhibited from 11 breeds.
 
At the close of the registered heifer show a supreme champion female drive was held. Winning Supreme Champion Heifer was Madison Martin, Monroe County, with her Percentage Simmental heifer. Reserve Champion Heifer honors went to Morgan Lenhert’s champion commercial heifer. Others in the top five were Morgan Lenhert with her Chi-Influenced heifer, Mackenzie Bacewell, Williamson County, with her Hereford/Polled Hereford, and Ashylnn Light, Hawkins County, with her Limousin heifer.
 
A special thank you to the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association for their support of the 2013 Beef Expo and the addition of premium money awarded to exhibitors. 
 
At the close of the show, skillathon and premier exhibitor awards were presented. As part of the Premier Exhibitor program, Senior II winners receive a $1,000 post-secondary education scholarship, Senior I winners receive a $500 post-secondary education scholarship, Junior High winners receive a $250 post-secondary education scholarship, Junior winners receive $150 cash award and Explorer winners receive $100 cash award. These funds are made available through sponsorship from the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
 
Beef Skillathon
Senior II – Rosa Haynes, Polk County
Senior I – Leanna Tanner, Wilson County
Junior High – Abby Tipton, Loudon County
Junior – Jana Owen, Lincoln County
Explorer – Haylee Ferguson, Rutherford County
 
Market Steer Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – Rosa Haynes, Polk County
Senior I – Tygr Taylor, Bedford County
Junior High – Morgan Lenhert, Lawrence County
Junior – Sydney Lamb, Williamson County
Explorer – Chelsey Harvey, Claiborne County
 
Commercial Heifer Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – Christopher Stanley, Williamson County
Senior I – Madison Martin, Monroe County
Junior High – Kendall Garrell, Marshall County
Junior – Samantha Roberts, McMinn County
Explorer – Madison Bedford, Lawrence County
 
Registered Heifer Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – Jacob Lay, Monroe County
Senior I – Kristen Brown, White County
Junior High – Aaron Lay, Monroe County
Junior –  Haley Harris, Wilson County
Explorer – Haylee Ferguson, Rutherford County
 
The 2013 Sheep Expo kicked off at Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville with the Registered Ewe Showmanship classes on Tuesday, July 16. Judges Terry Dumas, La., and Jason Shuck, Ind., put 83 Breeding Ewe exhibitors to work in the ring.
 
Showmanship division winners were:
Senior II – Jared Bruhin, Sevier County
Senior I – Cassie McConkey, Loudon County
Junior High – Jim Morgan, Union County
Junior – Emily Johnson, Loudon County
Explorer – Grace Powell, Wilson County
 
The team showmanship contest was a new addition to Sheep Expo. Breeding ewe exhibitors worked together as a team to show their ewes. Twenty-one teams competed in three classes determined by their combined age.
 
Team Showmanship winners were:
Jim Morgan and Martin Dickey
Grace Powell and Kristen Walker
Cassie McConkey and Madisyn Harris
 
Wednesday morning began with the Commercial Ewe Show.  One hundred eighty-four commercial ewes were exhibited.  Overall Champion and Farm Bred honors went to John Edwards, Campbell County. Jared Bruhin, Sevier County, won Reserve Champion ewe and Gracie Rich, Clay County, won Reserve Champion Farm Bred ewe. Market Type Showmanship, the combination of commercial ewe and market lamb exhibitors, was held that afternoon. One hundred thirty-six exhibitors were worked in the ring.
 
Showmanship division winners were:
Senior II – John Edwards, Campbell County
Senior I – Cassie McConkey, Loudon County
Junior High – Taylor Cox, Macon County
Junior – Karley Warner, White County
Explorer – Grace Rich, Clay County
 
The Market Lamb Show closed out the show on Thursday. Two hundred thirty-six lambs competed for top honors.  Winning Grand Champion was Karley Warner from White County with her 142 pound Hampshire lamb. Williamson County’s Annabelle Goodman was awarded Reserve Champion with her 148 pound Blackface Cross lamb.  Rounding out the top five lambs were John Edwards, Campbell County, Luci Allen, Macon County, and Brooklyn McClard, Macon County.
 
A special thank you to the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association for their hard work in securing sponsorship of the 2013 Sheep Expo and the addition of premium money awarded to exhibitors. 
 
At the close of the show, skillathon and premier exhibitor awards were presented. As part of the Premier Exhibitor program, Senior II winners receive a $1,000 post-secondary education scholarship, Senior I winners receive a $500 post-secondary education scholarship, Junior High winners receive a belt buck buckle, Junior exhibitors receive a trimming stand and Explorer winners receive $100 gift certificate toward purchase of a sheep from a TSPA member.
 
Sheep Skillathon
Senior II – Rachael Wolters, Maury County
Senior I – Denton Prater, Warren County
Junior High – Abby Tipton, Loudon County
Junior – Cooper Belcher, Trousdale County
Explorer – Grace Rich, Clay County
 
Breeding Ewe Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – Jared Bruhin, Sevier County
Senior I – Madison Moats, Loudon County
Junior High – Alexis Moats, Loudon County
Junior – Kayleigh Fanti, Jefferson County
Explorer – Grace Powell, Wilson County
 
Commercial Ewe Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – Tori Bryant, Lawrence County
Senior I – Cassie McConkey, Loudon County
Junior High – Luci Allen, Macon County
Junior – Jacey Moncier, Hawkins County
Explorer – Grace Rich, Clay County
 
Market Lamb Premier Exhibitors
Senior II – John Edwards, Campbell County
Senior I – Brooklyn McClard, Macon County
Junior High – Cora Key, Clay County
Junior – Cooper Belcher, Trousdale County
Explorer – Andy Davis, Hawkins County 
 
4-H is a national youth development organization managed in Tennessee by UT Extension. UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

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Contact:

Claudia Meeks Baney, 4-H Animal Science specialist, UT Department of Animal Science, cbaney@utk.edu