Blue vests and big smiles filled Ed Teague Arena today as more than 150 young people competed in the Alabama Junior Beef Exposition Showmanship Contest.
Sponsored by Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation, students groomed and showed heifers and steers of various sizes, breeds and colors.
Judge Deb Core of Pleasantville, Iowa complimented the young Alabama showmen as they led their calves around the ring. “This is my first trip to Alabama, and I don’t know what I expected, but competition is alive and well here,” she said. “You have done an outstanding job preparing your calves, and it shows.”
The showmanship classes were part of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, which included the State Steer Show, which was held Friday.
Champion exhibitors at the Alabama Junior Beef Expo were Connor Moore of Chambers County, junior division; Clay Tew of Dale County, intermediate division; and Reid McGuire of Lee County, senior division. They each received $600 in prize money. Reserve champions in each division received $400.