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Ackley takes Grand Champion Born and Raised; Show results (Audio & video included)

Standing room only greeted fairgoers eager to see the 2013 Logan County Born and Raised Steer Show on Tuesday evening.

Kyle Ackley took home the title of the Born and Raised Grand Champion.

Though he is experienced with dairy, this was the first year he has raised and shown cattle of the beef variety along with it being his first time participating in the beef competition.

Ackley, 17, is heading into his junior year at Benjamin Logan High School. He says he had high hopes for his steer, but was not expecting the extreme honor.

The judge touched on the animal’s outstanding combination of muscle and bone in addition to its overall eye appeal.

Listen to Kyle Ackley talk about winning Born and Raised Grand Champion

Tyler Myers showed the Born and Raised Reserve Grand Champion steer.

It is only Myers’ second year of showing beef cattle. His first year of showing steers, he took the title of 2012 Grand Champion Market Steer.

The recent Benjamin Logan High School graduate said that he knew his steer was good, but he wasn’t sure how much so.

Myers also works with swine and sheep projects. He mentioned the bittersweet emotions from it being his final year.

Listen to Tyler Myers talk about winning Reserve Grand Champion

Each Myers and Ackley have been involved with the Logan County Fair for several years.

Both steers were products of Boysel Genetics of East Liberty.

The born and raised steer show is unique in bringing only beef cattle to the ring that have been completely produced within Logan County. The show promotes community interest, homegrown animals, and local cattle breeders.

The show was made up of five classes. Animals were placed in their categories by hip height measurement, a change of pace from the usual placement into classes by weight.

The results for the show are as follows:

Grand Champion – Kyle Ackley

            Steer purchased from – Boysel Genetics

Reserve Grand Champion – Tyler Myers

            Steer purchased from – Boysel Genetics

3rd Overall – Haley Boberg

            Steer purchased from – Swonger Farms

4th Overall– Dalton Faler

            Steer purchased from – Justin Slaven

5th Overall – David Watson

            Steer purchased from – Don Boysel

6th Overall – Tyler Myers

            Steer purchased from – Boysel Genetics

7th Overall – Saul Boysel

            Steer purchased from – Boysel Genetics

8th Overall – Kyle Knight

            Steer was farm raised

Pat Barker of Indiana was the judge for the exhibition.

He noted the hard work put in by the exhibitors was noticeable by the animal cooperation and quality of grooming. He explained his enjoyment of working the show and recognized the work and money that goes into steer projects.

Listen to Born and Raised Judge Pat Barker talk about the show

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Watch as the judge gives his reasons on the class winners and the choosing of the winner

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