2008-03-06 / Front Page

Lincoln County dominates area steer show

The day couldn't have been much sweeter for Lincoln County!

HERBERT POWELL HERBERT POWELL Justin Ashmore of Lincoln County exhibited the grand champion steer and C.J. Goldman, also of Lincolnton, the reserve champion at the 54th Annual Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show, which was dedicated to Herbert Powell, former coordinator of the Lincoln County office of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service.

The steer and heifer show took place Saturday, March 1, at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center in Washington.

Lincoln County's fingerprints were all over the steer show, with Ashmore exhibiting the heavy-weight champion; Dalton Tankersley, the heavyweight reserve champion; Goldman, the medium-weight champion; Sadie Partridge, the light-weight champion; and Ivie Sue Aycock, the light-weight reserve champion.

The Lincoln County 4-Hers also captured the coveted "County Group of Five" designation.

The team went on to make its mark in the heifer show as well, with Goldman exhibiting the reserve champion Simmental heifer and Amberly Wilkes' steer placing second in class.

Justin Ashmore (far right) of Lincoln County exhibited the grand champion steer at the 54th Annual Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show held Saturday, March 1, at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center in Washington. Pictured with Ashmore are: (l-r) Fred McWhorter; Herbert Powell; Jeff Paul; Jary Douglas, the judge for the show; and Andrew Ashmore. Rayle EMC purchased the 1,345-pound steer for $3 a pound. Justin Ashmore (far right) of Lincoln County exhibited the grand champion steer at the 54th Annual Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show held Saturday, March 1, at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center in Washington. Pictured with Ashmore are: (l-r) Fred McWhorter; Herbert Powell; Jeff Paul; Jary Douglas, the judge for the show; and Andrew Ashmore. Rayle EMC purchased the 1,345-pound steer for $3 a pound. Concerning showmanship, Goldman took top honors in "Eighth and Ninth-Grade Showmanship." Aycock and Carson Goldman, won first and second place, respectively, in "Fifth Through Seventh-Grade Showmanship."

"Lincoln County had a winning weekend at the Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show," according to Monte Stephens, ag and 4-H agent for the Lincoln County UGA Cooperative Extension Service. "Justin Ashmore's Simmental steer took grand champion honors, and C.J. Goldman's Main Anjou steer took reserve champion honors. Both steers are truly remarkable animals that exhibited all the meat and muscle you would want in steer calves.

The reserve champion steer at the Washington area livestock show was exhibited by C.J. Goldman (far right) of Lincoln County. He also took top honors in "Eighth and Ninth-Grade Showmanship." Pictured with Goldman are: (l-r) Al Lamar, Jary Douglas, and Chris Goldman. The reserve champion steer at the Washington area livestock show was exhibited by C.J. Goldman (far right) of Lincoln County. He also took top honors in "Eighth and Ninth-Grade Showmanship." Pictured with Goldman are: (l-r) Al Lamar, Jary Douglas, and Chris Goldman. "Our 4-Hers have worked extremely hard on their projects throughout the entire year," the county agent continued. "Winning the Washington area steer show is the icing on the cake for our livestock exhibition program. Winning a steer show is a hard job to accomplish, but when you put all the pieces together - faith, parental and community support, breeders, friends, and most of all, believing in yourself - there is nothing impossible. Congratulations to all of our 4-Hers for a job well done!"

Commenting on the show being dedicated to Herbert Powell, Stephens said, "Truly, this was a most deserving recognition because of all of Mr. Herbert's hard work over the many years, helping livestock show exhibitors and their families in Wilkes and Lincoln counties. It's an honor long overdue."

Ivie Sue Aycock exhibited the light-weight reserve champion steer at the Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show held March 1. She also captured first-place honors in "Fifth Through Seventh-Grade Showmanship." Aycock is pictured here with Jary Douglas, the judge for the show. Ivie Sue Aycock exhibited the light-weight reserve champion steer at the Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show held March 1. She also captured first-place honors in "Fifth Through Seventh-Grade Showmanship." Aycock is pictured here with Jary Douglas, the judge for the show. An excerpt from the steer show program, reads:

"Born and reared on a livestock and cotton farm in rural Clayton County, Georgia, Herbert Powell learned at a very young age the work ethic necessary to become successful in life. He has continued that work ethic even into retirement.

"Under the guidance and leadership of Mr. Charles Tucker, the Clayton County extension agent, Herbert joined and became an active member of the local 4-H club in the fifth grade. His projects in 4-H almost always centered on farming and livestock.

"He carried the enthusiasm of 4-H membership into his high school years. Even though he was a very shy and bashful young man, he was selected to work at Rock Eagle as a 4-H counselor in 1959. He continued to serve in that capacity for five years, the first counselor ever to achieve that distinction.

"After graduating from Jonesboro High School in 1959 and with encouragement from the county agent, Herbert attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He worked the entire time he was there by cooking in the dining hall.

"After completing two years of study, with hardly any money and no car, he left his beloved ABAC for the University of Georgia in Athens. He was fortunate to secure a job on the livestock farm at UGA and actually lived in one of the big barns on campus while completing his degree. His claim to fame while living in that barn was he slept across the hall from a $10,000 bull!!

"Herbert earned his animal science degree in March of 1964 and went to work immediately as an assistant county agent in Wilkes County. Following a six-month training period, he was promoted to county agent and thus began a lifetime of involvement with all types of cows, steers, heifers, pigs, and sheep - but most of all, with boys and girls.

"The experiences he loved in his 'growing-up years' served as a backdrop and a foundation for his leadership as an adult. His influence is still being felt through the children of the children he helped in so many ways for a period that spans over 40 years.

"The Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show became Herbert's passion from 1964 on. He was right at home and very experienced in the show ring, even in the very early days of his career.

"In the 1980s, it became very obvious that the Washington Steer Show needed a permanent home. Herbert was the driving force in getting the ball rolling for what we fondly refer to as the McGill-Woodruff Building.

"In 1985, Herbert left Wilkes County and moved to Lincoln County to continue in the same vein as before. If there is such a thing as the best of both worlds, he has it. He has made wonderful, new friends in Lincoln County and has been able to keep his friends in Wilkes County. The only problem comes in the fall of the year when the Red Devils play the Tigers!

"Herbert married the former Marcene Poss of Lincoln County in 1966. They are the parents of three children, Scott, Kent (deceased), and Nancy. Scott and Nancy, both veteran showmen in the Washington Steer Show, have provided their father with five grandchildren to 'steer' in the right direction.

"Herbert retired from the UGA Cooperative Extension Service in 2001 but is still very much involved in livestock farming. He pastures his cows on two farms and oversees a cow herd on a third.

"He continues to serve on the Steer Show Committee and the McGill- Woodruff Committee and is president of the Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association. So, after over 40 years, Herbert has retired but has definitely not been 'put out to pasture.'"

Jary Douglas, a livestock judging coach at the University of Georgia, served as the judge for the 54th annual livestock show, which featured steers and heifers from Lincoln, Wilkes, Oglethorpe, and Madison counties.

Complete results of the show are as follows:

Heifer Show

Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, supreme champion (Simmental), and Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, reserve supreme champion (Chi Influence).

Angus - Shelby Eidson, Oglethorpe County, champion, and Suleica Garcia, Oglethorpe County, reserve champion.

Fall Class: Shelby Eidson, Oglethorpe County, first; Suleica Garcia, Oglethorpe County, second; and McCall Houser, Oglethorpe County, third.

Hereford - Shelly Patton, Madison County, champion and reserve champion.

Simmental - Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, champion (Fall), and C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, re- serve champion (Fall).

Fall Class: Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, first; C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, second; and Kim Chandler, Madison County, third.

Winter Class: Kim Chandler, Madison County, first, and Shelly Patton, Madison County, second.

Spring Class: William Garrard, Wilkes County, first.

Commercial - Jackson Armour, Wilkes County, champion (Class 1), and Sheena Kopecky, Wilkes County, reserve champion (Class 2).

Class 1: Jackson Armour, Wilkes County, first.

Class 2: Sheena Kopecky, Wilkes County, first, and Amberly Wilkes, Lincoln County, second.

Chi Influence - Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, champion, and Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, reserve champion.

Fall Class: Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, first; Tommy Howard, Wilkes County, second; and Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, third.

Other Breeds - Matt Simmons, Oglethorpe County, champion (Winter), and Kyle Little, Oglethorpe County, reserve champion (Winter).

Fall Class: Matt Simmons, Oglethorpe County, first.

Winter Class: Matt Simmons, Oglethorpe County, first, and Kyle Little, Oglethorpe County, second.

Shorthorn - Maggie Erwin, Oglethorpe County, champion (Spring) and reserve champion (Fall).

Fall Class: Maggie Erwin, Oglethorpe County, first, and Amanda Eidson, Oglethorpe County, second.

Spring Class: Maggie Erwin, Oglethorpe County, first.

Steer Show

Justin Ashmore, Lincoln County, grand champion (Class 5), and C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, reserve champion (Class 4).

Light-Weight Classes - Sadie Partridge, Lincoln County, light champion (Class 2), and Ivie Sue Aycock, Lincoln County, light reserve (Class 2).

Class 1: Alexis McLaughlin, Madison County, first, and Matt Simmons, Oglethorpe County, second.

Class 2: Sadie Partridge, Lincoln County, first; Ivie Sue Aycock, Lincoln County, second; Dalton Howard, Wilkes County, third; and Tommy Howard, Wilkes County, fourth.

Medium Weight Classes - C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, medium champion (Class 4), and Danielle Thornton, Madison County, medium reserve (Class 4).

Class 3: Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, first and fourth; Jackson Armour, Wilkes County, second; and Gabe Strother, Wilkes County, third.

Class 4: C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, first; Danielle Thornton, Madison County, second; Sheena Kopecky, Wilkes County, third; Beckie Bridges, Oglethorpe County, fourth; and Shelly Patton, Madison County, fifth.

Heavy Weight Classes - Justin Ashmore, Lincoln County, champion (Class 5), and Dalton Tankersley, Lincoln County, reserve champion (Class 5).

Class 5: Justin Ashmore, Lincoln County, first; Dalton Tankersley, Lincoln County, second; Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, third; Carson Goldman, Lincoln County, fourth; and Dalton Howard, Wilkes County, fifth.

Class 6: Justin Ashmore, Lincoln County, first; Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, second; Ivie Sue Aycock, Lincoln County, third; and C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, fourth.

Showmanship

Twelfth-Grade Showmanship - Ethan Armour, Wilkes County, first; William Garrard, Wilkes County, second; Shelly Patton, Madison County, third; and Amanda Eidson, Oglethorpe County, fourth.

Tenth and Eleventh-Grade Showmanship - Kim Chandler, Madison County, first; Danielle Thornton, Madison County, second; Kyle Little, Oglethorpe County, third; Greg Callaway, Wilkes County, fourth; Justin Ashmore, Lincoln County, fifth; and Tommy Howard, Wilkes County, sixth. Those receiving honorable mention were Matt Simmons, Oglethorpe County; Suleica Garcia, Oglethorpe County; Dalton Tankersley, Lincoln County; and Sheena Kopecky, Wilkes County.

Eighth and Ninth-Grade Showmanship - C.J. Goldman, Lincoln County, first; McCall Houser, Oglethorpe County, second; Shelby Eidson, Oglethorpe County, third; Sadie Partridge, Lincoln County, fourth; Beckie Bridges, Oglethorpe County, fifth; and Alexis McLaughlin, Madison County, sixth.

Fourth Through Seventh-Grade Showmanship - Ivie Sue Aycock, Lincoln County, first; Carson Goldman, Lincoln County, second; Jackson Armour, Wilkes County, third; and Amberly Wilkes, Lincoln County, fourth.

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