Ingham County Chronicle
Tyler Neukom showed his market heifer at the junior show.Feb. 27, 2015 cattle raisers from all around central and lower Michigan gathered at the Ingham County Fairgrounds to show, sell and purchase heifers and bulls. The first Premier Genetics show began on Feb. 27 and ran through March 1.
Premier Genetics sale committee contact Phil Hutchinson said that the show was put together by five or six people who felt there needed to be a new outlet for cattle farmers in the area. Display of the cattle began Friday, the auction took place Saturday, and the junior show was Sunday.
“We wanted to host an event that would allow people to come and show or sell, as well as give some of the junior-level cattle raisers more experience,” said Hutchinson.
According to Hutchinson, there were over 200 entries for the junior show. Ages of contestants ranged from 7 to 21. One entrant, Carson Evans, has been showing cattle for three or four years, according to his mother, Cami Marz-Evans.
“We are part of a show group called Six Sundays,” said Marz-Evans. “We get together for six Sundays before every show and bond together. Being in the group is the best part of showing.”
According to Marz-Evans, kids will typically spend an entire year raising and bonding with a heifer or bull before showing it.
For Tyler Neukom, the Premier Genetics show was nothing new. Neukom has participated in six to eight shows a year since he was 6 years old. Now in his seventh year of showing, he has experience with both heifers and bulls. Neukom participates in the Ingham County 4-H and says he enjoys the bonding with the cattle he shows.
“My favorite part of the show is fitting the animal,” said Neukom. “I really like putting the time into preparing them for the show. It gets me excited, and it’s what I spend the most time doing when I’m here.”