40th Annual County Steer Show & Auction at Southern Cattle – February 19
Hurricane Michael created significant disruption for the people in Jackson County. One group you may not have thought about, however, are the 4-H and FFA youth that have invested in cattle projects that have yet to be able to show in a competition. The annual Panhandle Youth Expo (aka county fair) had been scheduled for October 11-13. This event had to be canceled like most other events in the area. The Jackson County Ag Center on Highway 90 was damaged and is still undergoing repairs. However, the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association was determined to find an alternate location so these youth could have their show.
Southern Cattle Company, located at 4226 N. Highway 231, near Marianna, has graciously agreed to host the entire event this year at their sale facility. The Jackson County Fed Cattle Show & Sale will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. This will be the 40th year that the local Cattlemen’s Association has hosted a county steer show and auction.
Events of the day will begin with a cattle judging contest for 4-H and FFA members at 9:30 AM. More than 100 youth will compete in teams of four, representing their FFA Chapter or 4-H Club from Jackson and surrounding counties. These youth will compete by ranking the quality of four classes of breeding cattle and two classes of finished steers. The competition will conclude with an awards presentation, and a complimentary lunch for participants provided by the Cattlemen’s Association.
At 2:00 PM 4-H & FFA youth will compete in a cattle showmanship competition. A judge will be evaluating their skills in appropriate age categories and awarding a Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Showmanship Champion. As you can imagine it takes considerable training and practice to make a 1250 pound steer follow a young person around a cattle ring with only a halter leading it. These young people have spent months training their steer to follow their lead, and then stand up straight and be judged
Immediately following the conclusion of the showmanship competition, the 18 steer projects will be judged. Steers are weighed and shown in similar weight classes, with the class winners competing for the recognition as “Jackson County Grand or Reserve Champion Steer.” Once the champions are selected the best steer born and raised in the county will be recognized as the “Best Jackson County Steer.”
Following the show, the Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club will be offering a Barbeque Dinner starting at 4:30 PM and concluding at 6:30. This dinner serves as a fund raiser to help 4-H kids participate in state level training and competition, such as the state poultry, meats and livestock judging contests held in Gainesville. No tickets are required, dinners will be $8 per plate, payable at the door.
The final event of the day will be a live steer auction at 7:00 PM. This year will be a special treat as the steers will be sold using the state of the art sale facility at Southern Cattle Company. If you have never been to an event in this elite cattle facility, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Steers will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and transported to a meat processing facility chosen by the buyer. The entire proceeds of the auction go to the 4-H or FFA member. Buyers will also be responsible for the cost of the meat processing, and transportation of the cut & wrapped meat back home from the butcher. Steer buyers can expect to get 525 pounds of retail beef from a 1200 live steer. Just remember this will be a combination of steaks, roasts, and hamburger. Typically, there is around 165 pounds of steaks of all types from a whole steer, as compared to 200 pounds of hamburger. For more information about the events, or buying steers at the auction, contact the Extension Office – 850-482-9620
Most of us lost all the meat in our freezers after the storm. This steer auction is a great opportunity to fill your freezer again, but this time with locally produced, high quality beef. The auction proceeds sponsor a kid who has learned a great deal about the cattle business, but more importantly gained the valuable life skills of responsibility, money management, and work ethic through a livestock project. Come out and support these beginning farmers as they will finally get the opportunity to show our community what they have accomplished.
Schedule of Events:
Monday, February 18, 2019
4 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Check-in and Final Weigh-in
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8:30 A.M Judging Team Registration
9:30 A.M. 4-H/FFA Judging Contest
11:00 A.M. Lunch (compliments of JCCA)
11:30 A.M. Judging Contest Awards presentations
2:00 P.M. Showmanship
Steer Show – Immediately Following Showmanship
Best Jackson County Raised Steer – Immediately Following Steer Show
4:30 – 6:30 P.M. Barbeque Dinner
6:15 P.M. All Exhibitors meet at the Sale Ring
6:30 P.M. Steer Show Awards Presentation
6:30-7:00 P.M. Buyer’s registration
7:00 P.M Cattle Sale