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Steer Judge Jack Ward Believes OYE is a Great Opportunity to Teach Life Skills to 4-H and FFA Exhibitors

Sat, 20 Mar 2021 14:46:15 CDT

Steer Judge Jack Ward Believes OYE is a Great Opportunity to Teach Life Skills to 4-H and FFA Exhibitors Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association, judged the market steers at this year's Oklahoma Youth Expo and after wrapping up the classes Thursday afternoon he talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.

It was incredible as I told the crowd I have had the opportunity to judge this show a number of times and this year it was just an incredible show, Ward said.

After last year I told the exhibitors don't take anything for granted, he said.

As someone who makes his living in the purebred seedstock industry, Ward said shows like OYE is a definite positive.

Judging a steer show is no different than judging a good breeding cattle show, as they have to be good, Ward said.

Market animals have to be structurally good with good muscle and finish, he said.

Teaching the young folks when selecting an animal, they have to be informed and learn to feed these calves, Ward said.

Any time we have an opportunity to teach these skills to young folks and develop their skills it is important as we need to produce good young productive adults and these kinds of shows do that really well, Ward said.

The purpose of these livestock shows is two-fold as we're making selections and developing these young folks, ward added.

To hear more of Ron's interview with Jack Ward, click on the listen bar below.

Our reports of the 2021 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette available here.

We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2021 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, available here.


Ron Hays talks with Jack Ward of the American Hereford Association on the sidelines of the OYE
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