Tanner Maxfield: Grand Champion Uintah Basin Jr. Livestock Show, Utah.
Ben Urricelqui: Reserve Champion Shasta District Fair, California
Randa Allen: Reserve Champion Showman, Lincoln County Fair, Idaho.
A great story: This calf below was born under extreme circumstances. He was discovered over 2 miles away from the corral hanging halfway out of his mother, head swollen, tongue out and we weren't sure if he was alive,. Tom was gone at the time, so Kassie and a neighbor were able to get the cow to the corral and get it pulled. He survived, but we didn't think he could see, or at least we felt he could only see shadows. We kept him at the corral for the first 4 months of his life, and he was named Koda by the kids after the Bear on the movie Brother Bear because he was hairy and thick as a bear cub. Everyone gave him attention and he loved it. We moved him to a pasture finally with his mother, but the only way to get him there was for him to follow our 11 year old daughter, Kamri with him on the halter. Every day we would take him up to the creep feeder, until finally he got it figured out. He grew well! But we knew we couldn't keep him for our kids, he had to have a special home. Enter the Allen Family. When it was explained to mom, Romy his situation, she felt he might be the perfect match for her son Racin's first year as she wanted a gentle calf for him. Racin is deaf, and so what a great team these two made...a blind calf with a deaf child.
Romy shared this picture with us of Racin & Koda the week before the fair. We surmise goodbye isn't going to be easy!
Racin & Koda in the Championship Drive..Well done, boys! Largest ribeye at 15.4, and ultrasound Carcass Champion, Lincoln County Fair, Idaho. Club calf proved he yielded the Top Beef!