NEBRASKA CITY – Sam Goering had plenty of black calves to chose from when selecting his 4-H market steer for show at the Otoe County Fair, but none were daring enough.
Goering, the 17-year-old son of Kris Goering, chose a smoky colored calf with the old saying in mind that “only a black calf can win at the fair.”
Judge Brent Murphy said the calf, a son of the famous bull Monopoly, has “extra muscle that makes him good up to his shoulders. He said Goering’s calf was softer in the ribs, compared to the reserve champion shown by Sydney Wellsandt, but said the champion’s “extra muscle” is extremely good up to his shoulders.
Goering said he and his grandfather bought the calf from Eagle.
In junior showmanship, the judge said Sisco was the clear winner, but gave credit to Will Janssen for his confidence beginning with his first five steps into the ring.
He challenged kids to make the most of their years in 4-H.
Murphy: “These animals will teach us so much, if we are open to learn from them,” he said.