Trauernicht finishes strong in 4-H beef show
The beef show was held on Friday at the Gage County Fair.
Johnnie Johnson, of Craig, worked throughout the day judging showmanship and multiple breeds of cattle.
Johnson has been involved in the livestock industry and show arena all his life.
“It is fun to listen to younger Clover Kids,” Johnson said. “There are going to be some tough showman here in Gage County in a few years.”
“I know some of you are disappointed that you or your animal was not in the top of the class, but we are here today in this beautiful weather doing what we love,” Johnson told the competitors. “There are people that we all know that aren’t that lucky. I know a family with a 6-year-old boy that just had to have open heart surgery. He is doing fine, but I tell that story to put things in perspective. This is as good as it gets.”
Johnson spent the day explaining his reasons in placing the cattle. Dave Barnard, FFA Instructor for Tri County Schools, said he was pleased with the show quality.
“Every young person I work with left the ring with a smile on their face whether they received a purple or a red ribbon,” Barnard said. “ They understood the reason they received that placing.”
After receiving Grand Champion Market Heifer and earning Grand Champion Showmanship honors, Lauren Trauernicht had reason to smile.
“This was the fifth year in a row that I have earned the Grand Champion Showmanship,” Trauernicht said. “It was a fun day.”
Security First Bank has sponsored the Showmanship trophies and medals since 1947 at the Gage County Fair.
After receiving the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer, Bailey Schroeder became tearful. Schroeder has been showing beef cattle in Gage County since she was young. This will be her last year of exhibiting.
“It was over so fast,” Schroeder said.