Beef carcass judge impressed with HC Fair top 10

Beef carcass judge impressed with HC Fair top 10

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When it came to speaking about the annual Holmes County Fair beef carcass show at Sugar Valley Meats on Thursday, Aug. 18, presenter and judge Dr. Lyda Garcia of the Ohio State University didn’t pull any punches.

She let the kids hear the truth.

The truth ended up being a mountain of praise for the quality on display. Garcia encouraged the teens and their parents to explore the cooler where the carcasses were hanging, paying extra attention to back fat and the size of the loin eye on each carcass.

“There was not a small loin eye among them,” Garcia said. “They were huge, and that’s a good thing.”

As for the back fat, Garcia was equally impressed.

“I honestly can’t say one was too lean or one was too fat,” Garcia said. “You guys are there. I am really impressed, and my hard hat goes off to all of you.”

Garcia told the youth not to get caught up in the placements because all the beef on display was high-quality meat.

“You’re doing a great job, but at the end of the day, you can’t focus on where you finish,” Garcia said. “Don’t leave here upset. You are all doing a great job, and you are representing the industry. Keep it up. Leave here focused on what you want to improve on and figure out your goals and objectives.”

Pacee Miller’s steer ended up placing as the reserve grand champion during the fair show, finishing behind grand champion Carter Smith’s steer.

There was nobody on the front side of her at the carcass show, where she grabbed the grand champion market steer carcass banner, marking a first for her. Miller has won the grand champion honor at the fair, but this was her first carcass show title.

“I’m pretty surprised because I’ve never placed higher than eighth before, even though I’ve been down here a ton for the carcass show,” Miller said. “This is definitely a step in the right direction.”

She said having posted a series of top-10s at the Holmes County Fair market steer show, she had grown expectant of not placing very well at the carcass show. She did a complete 180 this year in finding herself holding the grand champion banner.

She said she and Smith have developed a real friendly rivalry when it comes to the steer show, so getting a leg up here, where Smith placed eighth, was encouraging.

“Next year is my last year to show, so I better make it count,” Miller said.

The reserve grand champion took an entirely different path to her banner. Miller is a seasoned market steer showman. Juliana Schlauch was in her first year of showing a market steer, so when her name was called as the reserve grand champion, it truly was a first.

“This was unexpected,” Schlauch said. “I enjoyed working with my steer (showing steer has been generational in her family, so she felt it was time to get on board). I was willing to try it out, and it obviously worked out pretty well. I’ll definitely be back at it again next year.”

Rounding out the top 10 from third to 10th were Lainey Schlabach, Brystin Giauque, Alli Milner, Derek Miller, Jaime Milner, Hayden Smith, Cole Rusk and Miley Snow. Pacee Miller, Derek Miller and Smith all had steer in the top-10 steer carcass show as well.

Earning choice-plus grades were Pacee Miller, Schlauch and Schlabach.

Market steer committee member Phil Schlabach said this year’s 4-Hers worked hard in raising their steer, and he was proud of the effort and was gracious to the many bidders who came out to support the kids at the fair.

“It’s a tough animal to raise, maybe the toughest,” Schlabach said. “These kids have to invest a lot of time, effort and money into raising these steers, and it is a great way to learn responsibility when caring for an animal that takes that much time.”