The Steers & Stripes Steer & Heifer Show, hosted on the Missouri State Fairgrounds last weekend, highlighted youth in Agriculture through the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Two years ago, the event, sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Block and Bridle Club at MU, was combined into one show. It has also been hosted in the Mathewson Exhibition Center for the last two years.
Rachael Bonacker, one of the show’s directors, and an animal science major at MU, said the weekend events were like a “spring jack-pot show.”
“It’s open to youth 21 years and under that want to come and show their cattle,” she added. “This is our second time combining the two organizations. The two organizations have had a show for several, several years, but this is the second year we have combined them, and held them the same weekend and at the same place.”
She said she estimated they had 300 entries for the two day show which ran Saturday and Sunday.
“We split up AGR and Block and Bridle, so there’s two rings in there,” she added. “You can show in the AGR show and then show in the Block and Bridle. We show heifers today (Saturday) and steers and market heifers tomorrow (Sunday).”
Bonacker said the show is basically a spring show to get everyone ready for the summer and national shows and also the Missouri State Fair.
“It kind of like starts things off,” she added. “If you finished off the year at any of the fall shows, then you come on out here (and compete).”
The main focus is promoting youth in agriculture.
“Yes, that’s our main drive here getting the youth involved,” Bonacker noted. “You know, they put a lot of work into these projects with their cattle and this is just a place where they can come and show it off, and get judged by our judges, and win some prizes and make some friends.
“It’s a really good deal, and it also helps out the University of Missouri,” she added. “We have the men of Alpha Gamma Rho and our members of Block and Bridle who work around the show and do all those aspects. It’s a good promotion as far as those two organizations on campus.”
Bonacker, who said she plans to become a veterinarian, will be attending University of Missouri College of Veterinarian Medicine next fall.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or on Twitter @flbemiss.