“Curly” wins grand champion non dairy beef; Judging an educational time for audience

By on September 23, 2015

 

Seventeen year-old, Cocalico High School Senior, Jade Zimmerman, 84 Chestnut Hill Road, Stevens, captured the grand champion prize for dairy beef.

“Curly” joins her list of “about four or five other prize winners.” Zimmerman is the daughter of Jim and Janet Zimmerman.

Photo by Alice Hummer Winner Jade Zimmerman, right, stands with 890-pound "Curly." Runner-up Hannah Gockley stands with her 750-pound dairy beef. Judge is Levi Guyer, who works for the USDA promoting the cattle industry in the Northeast Region of the United States.

Photo by Alice Hummer
Winner Jade Zimmerman, right, stands with 890-pound “Curly.” Runner-up Hannah Gockley stands with her 750-pound dairy beef. Judge is Levi Guyer, who works for the USDA promoting the cattle industry in the Northeast Region of the United States.

Runner-up was Hannah Gockley, a 15 year-old home-schooler from 1926 Bowmansville Road, Mohnton. She is the daughter of LaMar and Michelle Gockley.

Glenn Heisey, in charge of the event, took time to answer “some of the many questions people ask as they view the cows.”

“The question I get most,” said Heisey, “is what happens to all the milk these cows give during Fair Week?”

“Folks, there is no milk,” said Heisey. “These boy cows are castrated.”

Another question frequently asked is how long the young people have spent with the cows.

“These large animals are considered a quick, short-term project,” Heisey said. “The boys and girls usually get the cow in January and the project is done in the fall with the judging.”

While Zimmerman’s cow was sold at the Denver Fair, another group of non-dairy beef was judged in a “non-sale” category.

“Ultimately the animal will go to market, just not at the Denver Fair. It may go on to be judged at other fairs,” said Heisey.

Raising animals can be a family affair. Four of the six Gockley children showed dairy beef, including: Lydia, age 9; Luke, 11; Danae, 14 and Hannah, 15.

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