4-Hers sheep competitions go late into the night

Wednesday evening the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Sheep Project participants showed in the 4-H Sheep Show at the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk

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 be exercised.

Wednesday’s Sheep Show, judged by Elizabeth Kron, saw all sunny skies with 51 Market Lambs and 78 Breeding Sheep. Grand Champion Ram was received by Corinne Covert , with her Cheviot, and Reserve Champion Ram was won by Brittany Woodard exhibiting with her Tunis. Grand Champion Ewe was won by Max Peterson, who also showed a Cheviot, with the Reserve Champion Ewe honors being received by Brittany Woodard with her Tunis.

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 Maxwell Peterson with Branden Decker 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 2014. Each Market Lamb participant is eligible to sell their top animals at the Meat Animal Sale today at noon. This year the 4-H Lamb Project will sell 38 lambs at the Meat Animal Sale.

In this year’s Market Lamb classes top honors in the Light Weight class went to Lydia Covert with Garrett Catanese receiving Reserve. In the Medium Weight class Kayla Schauman and Hannah Schauman was also awarded Grand and Reserve. The Light-Heavy Weight division was won by Kayla Nefedov and Onnalee Strong coming in second. In the Heavy Weight division, Wyatt Harrington received first place and Tara Sweeney received second. Top Market honors, earning a place as first lamb sold at Meat Animal Sale, was given to Wyatt Harrington for his heavy weight lamb, and Tara Sweeney will be selling second with the Reserve Market Lamb.

Additional Lamb results are listed here:

Pair of Market Lambs: First place – Steven Overend, Second place – Kayla Schauman

Cheviot Division:

Spring Ram Lamb – Corinne Covert

Ewe Lamb – Max Peterson

Ewe One Year Under Two – Max Peterson

Champion Ewe – Max Peterson

Reserve Champion Ewe – Max Peterson

Tunis Division:

Spring Ram Lamb – Brittany Woodard

Champion Ram – Brittany Woodard

Aged Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Pair of Yearling Ewes – Brittany Woodard

Spring Ewe Lamb – Brittany Woodard

Pair Ewe Lambs – Brittany Woodard

Champion Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Suffolk Division:

Pen of Four – Brittany Woodard

Flock and Breeders Young Flock – Brittany Woodard

Ram Lamb – Brittany Woodard

Aged Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Yearling Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Spring Ewe Lamb – Hope Catanese

Pair of Yearling Ewes – Brittany Woodard

Pair Ewe Lambs – Brittany Woodard

Champion Ram – Brittany Woodard

Champion Ewe – Hope Catanese

Reserve Ewe – Brittany Woodard

Horned Dorset Division:

Aged Ram – Bryan Tenpas

Champion Ram – Bryan Tenpas

Shropshire Division:

Aged Ram – Tessa Warner

Yearling Ram – Tessa Warner

Spring Ram Lamb – Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe – Tessa Warner

Aged Ewe – Tessa Warner

Champion Ewe- Tessa Warner

Champion Ram – Tessa Warner

Boarder Leicester Division:

Yearling Ewe – Esther Knappenberger

Spring Ewe Lamb – Amanda Knappenberger

Champion Ewe – Lucy Knappenberger

Champion Ram – Lucy Knappenberger

Grade Classes:

Aged Ewe – Tessa Warner

Yearling Ewe – Lydia Covert

Ewe Lamb – Max Peterson

Pair of Ewe Lambs – Steven Overend

Kendra Dorman took first place with her Wool Breed Fleece. Brittany Woodard took first place with her Commercial Fleece, and Esther Knappenberger took first place for her natural color wool.