BRISTOW—FFA and 4-H youth from across Oklahoma demonstrated their knowledge of the commercial cattle industry, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Oklahoma State Commercial Cattle Grading Contest in Bristow. AFR/OFU Cooperative sponsored the inaugural event, which boasted approximately 400 individual participants in more than 100 teams.

To excel in the contest, participants employed their knowledge of high-quality cattle traits to choose breeding and market animals that would prove profitable in real-life production situations. The contestants ranked animals by structural soundness of replacement heifers, profitability of cull cows, market steer yield potential, and more. Ultimately, contestants were rewarded for their recognition of high-quality cattle—just as a producer would profit from similar selection within their own herd.

“The ability to identify the best animals within the herd or in the auction ring is of utmost importance to a successful cattle operation. Developing this skill early in life ensures contestants’ success as future cattle producers,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “We are proud to sponsor a competition that translates to real-life situations and encourages Oklahoma’s youth to pursue careers in production agriculture.”

The contest offered competition opportunity for individuals in three age brackets—4-H, FFA and adult—and three- or four-person 4-H or FFA teams. Awards were presented to the top five individual or team in each bracket.

The top-placing FFA teams were:

1st Place: Stillwater FFA (Abigail Burton, Lilly Cooper, Brandt Gazaway, Preslee Watley)

2nd Place: Oklahoma Union FFA (Ashlyn Hough, Hannah Long, Charli Moore, Kyla Taylor)

3rd Place: Wyandotte FFA (Jaret Burney, Taylor Fent, Kallie Morisset, Taylor Post)

4th Place: Stillwater FFA (Sarah Hatfield, Austin Hooten, Riley Luginbill, Payton Piparato)

5th Place: Henryetta FFA (James Martin, Austin Palmer, Ethan Palmer)

The top-placing 4-H teams were:

1st Place: Oklahoma Union 4-H (Addison Dick, Bradon Kuehn, Daniel Moody, Bodee West)

2nd Place: Crescent 4-H (Kylee Bell, Ridge Garrett, Leighton McNair)

3rd Place: Hulbert 4-H (Landon Chester, Nathan Rowoan, Calan Teague, Dusty Tedd)

4th Place: Porum 4-H (Freedom Barnes, Waylon Dishman, Cooper Franklin, Isaiah Sallee)

5th Place: Porter 4-H (Addie Criner, Cash Criner, Karlie Guinn, Rylie Rush)

High individuals in the FFA division were:

1st Place: Bridgett Arnhart, Eufaula FFA

2nd Place: Dax Delozier, Adair FFA

3rd Place: Maysen Garrett, Crescent FFA

4th Place: Sarah Belden, Nowata FFA

5th Place: Cooper Kline, North Rock Creek FFA

High individuals in the 4-H division were:

1st Place: Bodee West, Oklahoma Union 4-H

2nd Place: Calan Teague, Hulbert 4-H

3rd Place: Kylee Bell, Crescent 4-H

4th Place: Addison Dick, Oklahoma Union 4-H

5th Place: Isaiah Sallee, Porum 4-H

High individuals in the adult division were:

1st Place: Jason Couch

2nd Place: Christy Snider

3rd Place: Alan Jennings

4th Place: Cody Dawson

5th Place: Devin Delozier

For more information on the Oklahoma State Commercial Cattle Grading Contest or other AFR Youth Program sponsorships, contact AFR/OFU Interim Youth Coordinator Jim Pilkington at 918-830-0017 or jim.pilkington@afrmic.com.

AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR/OFU principles.

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