Feb. 21-29, 2020 Home Made, Farm Fresh, Ranch Raised!
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Market Steer

Show / Contest Coordinator

Travis Teuton, 352-817-1912

More about the Market Steer Contest

Raising steers to please today’s consumers requires more than just providing feed and water. Beef producers must understand good conformation, growth patterns, breed differences, and genetic traits. Since 1941, the Steer Show — sponsored by the Southeastern Livestock Association — has sought to improve beef quality through the arena of competition. Through the years, many other shows and activities have been added, but the Steer Show remains the mainstay of what is now known as the Southeastern Youth Fair. The Steer project is one that takes many months of hard work and dedication. Many exhibitors bringing their projects to a close for this year’s Fair are already beginning the process of selection for next year’s steer project. Most students begin handling and breaking their weaned calves over the summer. Exhibitors work hard to prepare their steers for the show ring. Daily handling and training must take place if exhibitors wish to be competitive. Extensive grooming and clipping is done in order to present their steers in the best possible light to the judge. The judge looks for steers with good thickness and balance and that stand up well on their legs. Marketing is another important part of the steer project. Each exhibitor must make at least five business contacts in order to promote the sale of their steers. As with all the animal projects for the SEYF, a completed record book must be turned in for the exhibitor to compete with his or her animal. We invite you to come on out to the Steer Show and Sale and support these hard-working youngsters!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child eligible? Any student older than 8 years of age and up, who attends the mandatory meeting and pays entry fee, is a member of a 4H club or FFA member, and either lives in or goes to school in Marion County may enter this contest.

How much does it cost? $15 entry fee.

Winners

Grand Champion – Caleb Smith – BMS FFA                         

Reserve Grand Champion – Tyler Norton- Boots & Buckles 4H    

Homegrown – Tyler Norton-Boots & Buckles 4H                                  

Reserve Homegrown– Shady 4H                                              

Premier Exhibitor – Charles Phillips, Kendrick 4H

Class Champions –

  • Class 1 – Zachery Donahue – Forest HS FFA
  • Class 2 – Aden Permar – Kendrick 4H
  • Class 3 – Emma Duhs – Kendrick 4H
  • Class 4 – Kylie Mae Hurst – Belleview Bald Eagles 4H
  • Class 5 – Harrison Sharp – NMHS FFA
  • Class 6 -Casey Oliver – Belleview Bald Eagles 4H
  • Class 7 – Ariana Altman – Cracker Country 4H
  • Class 8 – Shady 4H
  • Class 9 – Caleb Smith – Belleview MS FFA
  • Class 10 – Tyler Norton – Boots & Buckles 4H
  • Class 11 –  Tyler Laib – West Port HS FFA
  • Class 12 – Samuel Tamblyn – Belleview Bald Eagles 4H

Showmanship

  • Junior – Ada Perryman – Town & Country 4H
  • Intermediate – Caleb Smith – Belleview MS FFA
  • Senior – Casey Oliver – Belleview Bald Eagles 4H

Record Book

  • Junior – Aden Permar- Kendrick 4H
  • Intermediate – Caroline Cassidy- Majestic Oaks 4H
  • Senior – Tyler Laib- West Port HS FFA

Skill-A-Thon

  • Junior – Aden Permar- Kendrick 4H
  • Intermediate – Reagan Rowe- Kendrick 4H
  • Senior – Kyla Petkanics- Belleview HS FFA

Carcass Contest

Scarlett Earnest- Belleview MS FFA

Herdsman Award

Charles Phillips- Kendrick 4H

Carey Robbins Award

Zoe Greer, Vanguard HS FFA

Landis Blitch Award

Caroline Cassidy- Majestic Oaks 4H (weight gain 779lbs. – 4.8 lbs. per day)

Bess Miller Award

Riley Rowe – Kendrick 4H

Scholarships / Special Awards

Bess Miller Award

  • Hoping to encourage girls showing an interest in the field of agriculture, the Marion County Cattlewomen annually approves the following proclamation. The result? A deserving young woman is rewarded with a beautiful silver tray in honor of her outstanding efforts.  Thank you Marion County Cattlewomen for carrying on the vision that Bess Miller left us.  WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller served as a working member of the Marion County Cattlewomen for many years and was a beloved member of this organization, WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller also served and was an active member of the Florida State
    Cattlewomen organization and, WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller was long interested in the work of young people in our county in the field of agriculture, BE IT THEN RESOLVED that the annual award the outstanding 4-H girl from Marion County be henceforth known as the Bess Miller Outstanding Achievement Award.  In order to be chosen for the Bess Miller Award, the winner must first be a member
    of a 4-H Club and a resident of Marion County. She must be showing a steer in the current fair and must display a love for livestock and a desire to “make the best better.” She must display a working knowledge of approved animal husbandry practices and show a diligent effort in her steer project including sound management practices and good record keeping. The award committee will also examine her overall 4-H accomplishments. It is easy to see why the winner of the Bess Miller Award can truly display her silver tray with pride.
  • Rules and Criteria
  • Application

Carey Robins Award

  • The Carey Robbins Trophy sponsored by the Ocala Lions Club, has been given annually at the  Southeastern Youth Fair since its inception in 1983. This award was initiated to honor an outstanding FFA member who shows expertise in the Steer and Beef Program.  Members of the Ocala Lions Club knew Carey Robbins to be a longtime friend of agriculture and youth in Marion County. Carey died suddenly in 1975. He was, at that time, a director of the Southeastern Youth Fair, Florida Cattlemen’s
    Association, State Forestry Association, and the Florida Farm Bureau. He was past president of the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and served as Assistant County Extension Agent for Marion County between 1948 and 1953.  Carey was a man who worked hard in all that he did whether it was family, work, or church activities. He involved himself in many youth activities and felt the main emphasis of 4-H and FFA to produce “Blue Ribbon Young’uns.”  He felt the experience gained in doing fair projects outweighed any monetary profit gained in the project. The projects were only good in so much as they developed the person involved. We thank the Lions Club for carrying on this important emphasis through the Carey Robbins Award.
  • Rules and Criteria
  • Application

Marion County Cattlewomen’s Scholarship

Landis Blitch Award

  • The Southeastern Youth Fair is proud of its long history and the Landis Blitch Trophy is a prime example of a cherished tradition. First awarded in 1955, this trophy is presented annually. This award first came into existence through a decision by our local Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors back in 1954 who decided to name the award in honor of the late Landis Blitch, a past president of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Blitch actively worked all his life to promote agribusiness in Marion County and was instrumental in the formation of the Southeastern Livestock Show, which grew into the present Youth Fair. The Ocala/Marion, County Chamber Of Commerce has continued to sponsor the trophy ever since.

Premier Exhibitor Award

  • Premier exhibitor is calculated with placement in Showmanship, Record Book, and test score on Skillathon.

Herdsman Award

  • The Marion County Farm Bureau is proud to be a participant in the Southeastern Youth Fair. We have been a sponsor of the Herdsman Award for over thirty years. Judges are composed of Farm Bureau directors and others who are associated with the cattle industry. Contestants are selected on their knowledge of the beef cattle industry, leadership, showmanship and record keeping of their beef projects. The cash award consists of first, second, and third place for exhibitors who excel in all of those areas.

Carcass Contest Champion

Showmanship

  • Showmanship is the art of the exhibitor showing an animal. The showman’s goal is to present his animal to the judge in the way that best emphasizes his animal’s good qualities while minimizing any faults. A good showman is not made on show day. Months of practice and training of the animal precede show time.  The judge will be looking at the general appearance and cleanliness of the animal. Careful clipping and grooming of the animal is critical to a good presentation. The topknots are made at the point of the head to create an illustration of height and to add symmetry or balance.  The judge also studies the exhibitor’s ability to lead and pose the animal in the ring. Show sticks do not hurt the animal, but are used to direct the placement of the animal’s feet. Desired placement of the legs is squarely under the animal. The stick is also used to stroke the animal and keep it content. A good showman is polite and courteous to other exhibitors and pays attention to both the animal and the judge at all times.

Thank You Market Steer Sponsors

  • Sack Roofing
  • Community Bank & Trust of Florida
  • Baldwin Angus Ranch
  • BjF Show Cattle
  • The Acorn Farm
  • Marion County Cattlemen’s Association
  • Center State Bank
  • VanWagner Cattle
  • Clay and Amber Starling
  • Waggener Brothers Fencing
  • Scott and Sharon Seiler
  • Marion County Cattlemen’s Association
  • Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
  • LeFils Farms
  • Nettles Sausage
  • Mid Florida Fence & Gate
  • 3G Cattle Company
  • Farm Credit of Florida
  • Country Oaks Angus Ranch/Dr. Freel
  • Southern Pro Fence & Gate
  • Ocala Stockyard
  • Adena Farms
  • Marion County Farm Bureau
  • Marion County Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Kaylee Ehrisman Cattle/Jackie Full Service Salon
  • Central Florida Textures Inc.
  • Signs Unlimited

Sponsorship Opportunities

You Can Help

SEYF is a non-profit, and is reliant on help from the community in the form of donations of money, services and time.  Click below to get involved and help us help the youth of Marion County.