Battle of the Cattle
A record 539 steers competed in the Battle of the Cattle Steer Show Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Approximately 2,300 people attended the show, which is the third and final show in the Battle of the Cattle series.
Other shows were held in Fort Worth and Belton.
At this past week’s show, Battle of the Cattle gave away $31,755 in cash and prizes along with a $25,000 trailer sponsored by Producers Co-op in New Braunfels.
Serving as judges were Christy Collins of Oklahoma and Ryan Cotton of Florida.
Highlighting the judging on Sunday evening was the selection of the top five steers including the following:
Grand Champion Steer — Berkley Bird of Lubbock will take home a $1,500 check, banner, buckle and trophy sponsored by Shane and Tonya Meier. Bird’s animal was first named the Champion Smokey Steer.
Reserve Grand Champion Steer — Myka Blissard of Big Spring received a $1,000 check, banner, buckle and trophy sponsored by WS Steel — San Antonio. Blissard’s entry also earned Champion Yellow Steer honors.
Third Overall Steer — Stiles Patin of Thorndale takes home a check for $750 and awards sponsored by ACI — Fredericksburg and a check for $750. The entry was also named the Champion Black Steer.
Fourth Overall Steer — Tyler Allen of Schluenberg takes home a check for $400 and awards sponsored by ShowBloom. Allen’s entry was also chosen as the Champion Hereford Steer.
Fifth Overall Steer — Kollin Welper of Lubbock earned a check for $350 and awards sponsored by Jason Spence. The animal was also named the Champion ABC Steer.
Battle of the Cattle activities began on Friday evening with an educational seminar followed by a showmanship clinic.
Entries were weighed and classified on Saturday morning before a showmanship contest was held at noon.
The Mini Hereford and American show was held Saturday afternoon followed by a dinner that evening.
A cowboy church service was held on Sunday morning before the steer show judging began at 9 a.m.
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