4-H members exhibited lambs and breeding sheep

On Wednesday evening of Fair Week, 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 Warren Beeler, saw all sunny skies with 52 Market Lambs and 75 Breeding Sheep. Grand Champion Ram was received by Brittany Woodard, with her Suffolk, and Reserve Champion Ram was won by Bryan Tenpas, exhibiting his Horned Dorset. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Tenpas, who also showed a Cheviot, with the Reserve Champion Ewe honors being received by Maxwell Peterson with his Cheviot.

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 Peterson with Woodard 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.

In this year’s Market Lamb classes, top honors in the Light Weight class went to Sarah Osborne with Peterson receiving Reserve. In the Medium Weight class Kayla Schauman and Onnalee Strong was also awarded Grand and Reserve. The Light-Heavy Weight division was won by Rachel Harper and Branden Decker coming in second. In the Heavy Weight division, Matt Overend received first place and second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at Meat Animal Sale, was given to Overend for his heavy weight lamb, and Overend will be selling second with the Reserve Market Lamb.

Additional Lamb results:

Cheviot Division –

Ewe Lamb – Max Peterson

Ewe One Year Under Two – Tristan Peterson

Champion Ewe – Max Peterson

Reserve Champion Ewe – Max Peterson

Suffolk Division

Pen of Four – Brittany Woodard

Flock and Breeders Young Flock – Brittany Woodard

Ram Lamb – Brittany Woodard

Aged Ewe – Rachel Harper

Yearling Ewe – Rachel Harper

Spring Ewe Lamb – Brittany Woodard

Pair of Yearling Ewes – Kendra Dorman

Pair Ewe Lambs – Rachel Harper

Get of Sire – Rachel Harper

Champion Ram – Brittany Woodard

Reserve Ram – Hope Catanese

Champion Ewe – Rachel Harper

Reserve Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Horned Dorset Division:

Aged Ram – Bryan Tenpas

Aged Ewe – Bryan Tenpas

Champion Ram – Bryan Tenpas

Champion Ewe – Bryan Tenpas

Shropshire Division:

Yearling Ram – Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe – Tessa Warner

Champion Ewe – Tessa Warner

Champion Ram – Tessa Warner

Boarder Leicester Division:

Yearling Ewe – Lucy Knappenberger

Champion Ewe – Lucy Knappenberger

Grade Classes:

Aged Ewe – Logan Fain

Ewe Lamb – Matt Overend

Lucy Knappenberger took first place with her Wool Breed Fleece. Lynanne Woolley took first place with her Commercial Fleece.