Market Beef Cattle Judging Results


“Congratulations again to all of the exhibitors. Given the state of things, you all rose to the occasion, presented your cattle well, and did a great job. Thank your parents, teachers, advisors and helpers. We are certain they are all proud of you all!! Thank you to the folks at AgFest for the opportunity to evaluate the cattle. We really appreciate the professionalism of your communication and how you have presented all of the information to us.”

“The Champion and Reserve Champions in the 4H and FFA divisions were all really close. Really high quality cattle that could do well across the state. A set we would really like to see live, but given what we have and the scenario we are in, we feel very happy with how we have them sorted.”

Supreme Champion
Rylend Saenz, New Jerusalem 4-H

“Entry 346, Champion 4H Steer will be your Supreme Champion Steer overall. We’ve said everything about him earlier. Again, just a steer that puts it all together for us today. A calf that could go out and contend at many fairs across the state. Congratulations to the young man and all of his supporters.”

Reserve Supreme Champion
Beau Daluz, Linden FFA

“As mentioned, a really complete, well made steer. This was a really tough decision here for Reserve. We elected to follow the emphasis we gave to our Supreme Steer and went with the steer that has plenty of muscle, no not the most, but plenty. However, he is really well made, functional and has a great Market steer look and presence about him.”

4-H Champion
Rylend Saenz
New Jerusalem 4-H

“This smokey steer is one we really like. He simply ties a lot of good qualities together, while still being more than adequate in his muscling and very sound and well made in his structure. Congratulations to the young man exhibiting him.”

4-H Reserve Champion
Trent Powell
Farmington 4-H

“The powerhouse steer of the show. As we mentioned before, if he could have just held himself together a little better, he would have made a run at the Champion banner, but he just gives up a little of that added quality, balance and look we find in the Champ 4H steer. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a darn good steer in his own right. Certainly admire the added power and substance, and he still handles himself very well in his structural integrity.”

FFA Champion
Beau Daluz
Linden FFA

“Champion steer is the 305 steer from class 3. Stout, functional, good look and sound…high quality steer without a major hole.”

FFA Reserve Champion
Molly Terpstra
Escalon FFA

“Reserve Champion is the 304 steer from class 4. great look and profile. Might not be stout enough to get around the champion. Would like to see these two steers side by side to really decide…”

Class Placings



“BREAK 1: Good smoky steer (348) to win the class. Dominates in power and substance, and is a steer that exhibits good quality. Probably needs a little more time on feed to be ideal, but I think he wins without question. The other smokey steer (347) follows him the best. Has is the most similar to our class winner, and also has some added power versus those placed below him. Just gives up some quality and look when compared to the class winner. A fairly well balanced steer that comes in 3rd (344). The lightest steer in the 4H division reads with adequate muscle, although not as much as the two that place above him. (344) also appears to have some adequate finish on him for his weight. We’d just like to stretch him out a little bit, and see him track with less restriction on his rear wheels. The final 3 steers have some certains attributes that are appealing, however they give up too much in terms of power, substance and overall quality to be more competitive with the three steers above them.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Molly Cambra, Ripon 4-H3481
Emily Cambra, Ripon 4-H3472
Abigail Sette, New Jerusalem 4-H3443
Vivian Borba, Escalon 4-H3284
Zack Hearn, Escalon 4-H3305
Madisyn VanDykhuizen, Escalon 4-H3296


“BREAK 2: Other nice smokey steer (325) to win the class. And again, we feel he does it fairly handily. He balances up really well, and is well presented. This calf has some natural dimension to him, and certainly is one of the sounder structured steers we’ve looked at. We appreciate that about him. Maybe wish he had a little more cover working over those rear ribs, and some more depth in the rear flank. But a really nice steer nonetheless. The red and white steer comes in second, and it may get a little closer between 2nd (339) and 3rd (340). Both of these steers are adequate in their muscling, both have some true cneter body dimension to them, however it is just a little added appeal and look that separates the two. The red and white steer is more extended in his appearance, cleaner through that chest floor and you like they way he makes the transition from his shoulder into his neck better. A steet that gives you a nice look fro m the side. We’d certainly like to see him with some more muscle as you read him through his lower quarter and stifle area. The 340 steer may have a slight advantage there, and probably works ever so slightly better off her rear pasterns. The 349 steer got an early look at placing higher, however after you study him compared to the 2nd and 3rd place steers, he just gets a little tighter in his forerib and flank, a little rounder in the way he is made, and we’d like to see him set down with some more flexibility in his rear legs/pasterns. Howver, we certainly appreciate his muscle shapr and expression. A steer that will probably hang a carcass with good cutability and a good ribeye size. The final two steers have some relative merit about them, however, they get a little plainer in the way they are made and give up some power, substance and quality to get any higher in this class.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Levi Burden, Calla 4-H3251
Jake Daluz, Linden Peters 4-H3392
James Boysen, Linden Peters 4-H3403
Ryder Wakeham, Tokay Colony 4-H3494
Matthew Dyk, Farmington 4-H3335
Christopher Baier, New Jerusalem 4-H3456


“BREAK 3: A nice pair of steers to start this class. There are some tradeoffs here, but both have some features we really like that separate them from the rest of the class. We start off with the steer that we feel is just more complete and fault free. The smokey steer (346) is really attractive when you study the calf and the way he is made. Really appealing and functional in his design. You like the way he is just built right from the ground up. Really sound structured on his feet and legs he holds himself togehter really well when he moves. Plenty of muscle and a soft middle in this calf. We will see what he can do later on. The black and white steer (331) that follows him is a powerhouse. A lot of substance to this calf. Muscle, bone, middle….he’s got it. He too is also sound structured, and we appreciate the fact that he can structurally hold himself together the way he does with that much power behind him. He does get a little coarser through his front end and softer in his top. This is where he gets beat, with the added quality and balance of our class winner. The 342 steer falls into 3rd. A nice steer in his own right, but unfortunately he met the toughest class of the day and gives up too much in terms of power and quality to run with the two steers above him. We had some give and take, and discussion about the final 3 steers in the class. There are some differences here, so it’s just a matter on where you put your preferences. After some discussion, we went with the steer that presented the least amount of faults in the 335 steer. Just a functional and complete type of steer. Doesn’t really blow you away in any areas, but at the same time he doesn’t really disaapoint in amhy either. We wish he had more power to compete higher in the class, but he is made well, balances up pretty good and has a functional fat steer look about him. 332 we wish was more moderate in his frame and had more depth of body and dimension to get higher today, but we appreciate his extension. 327 had a nice, long fronted look from the profile, but to get higher today he needed to move freer off of both ends of his skeleton, and present more center body dimension.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Rylend Saenz, New Jerusalem 4-H3461
Trent Powell, Farmington 4-H3312
Carson Nims, Linden Peters 4-H3423
Gracie Airola, Farmington 4-H3354
Natalie Giuntoli, Farmington 4-H3325
Claire gookin, Escalon 4-H3276


“BREAK 4: IN the final class of the 4H steers,we found 350 to be an easy winner. He rises to the top of the class pretty handily, as he is the most complete steer, with the most look and quality about him. He also reads as one of, if not the most muscular steer in the class. He gets out and moves well. Would like to see him stronger down his top. 337 most follows the class winner. He too has some added power versus the others in the class and balances up similar to the steer ahead of him. Both of the top 2 steers should hang nice carcasses. We get into a closer placing between 3rd (334) and 4th (336). Two steers that present some similarities and two steers that need more muscle and power to compete higher in the class, it is the added carcass cutability merit that places the black steer over the Hereford steer. Both appear to be easy feeding steers who have some commercial industry merit about them. Our final 2 steers 341 and 338 both show more realtive value in terms of commercial fed cattle traits. They are both deep bodied and appear to be easy feeding, and are probably good doing cattle. However, they both give up soem power and quality and that is what’s keeping them from palcing any higher today.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Saylor Wakeham, Tokay Colony 4-H3501
Jayla Shranko, Jefferson 4-H3372
Kelly Kroon, Farmington 4-H3343
Delaney Hineman, Jefferson 4-H3364
Anthony Nims, Linden Peters 4-H3415
Taylor Montgomery, Jefferson 4-H3386



“The 313 steer wins easily. Wish he was heavier – could contend for the overall champ… great structured and balanced. Too light weight however. 322 steer is second pretty easily. Muscular and good bodied. Too straight on his rear legs and not quite big enough. 321 steer ends up third. probably too lean and doesn’t move well enough. 303 goes last – heifer that is straight and level topped but too flat and light muscled.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
James Chappell, Lodi FFA3131
William Burden, Sierra FFA3222
Jeanne Keener, Ripon FFA3213
Loraina Lyle, East Union FFA3034


“320 steer wins. Moderate framed, muscular. Moves well enough. Tailhead is a little high. 316 is a very carcass oriented steer. Muscular and shapely. Needs to be fatter. 318 steer is attractive and sound but too shallow bodied. 324 steer is fourth. Big boned and big topped but too stratight fronted and flat in his forerib. 309 steer is last. sound and mobile but heavy fronted and off balance from profile. also the lightest muscled.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Emma Phelps, Ripon FFA3201
Jesus Santillan, Lodi FFA3162
Cassidy Morton, Ripon FFA3183
Kathleen Morelos, Tracy FFA3244
Travis Affonso, Linden FFA3095


“305 steer is very complete. Stout, fat, sound, attractive and well presented. 319 is second. Balanced and sound. Gets narrow at the ground when in motion and may have a little too much brisket and chest. 323 is next – huge middled and easy feeding. gets a little funky on his rear legs and might not be fancy enough. 301 is a nice profiling steer but gets too short sided and short striding when set in motion. 302 steer is too plain and common in his look. he’s big enough middled but is light muscled.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Beau Daluz, Linden FFA3051
Brett Phelps, Ripon FFA3192
Makenzie Saenz, Tracy FFA3233
Kaetlyn Bogle, East Union FFA3014
Allison Berchtold, East Union FFA3025


“304 steer wins easily. High quality look and well presented. Great from the side. May get too flat in his upper hip and could move better on his rear legs. 314 steer is second. Muscular, fat, good bodied. Too round in his hip and hind leg. The 307 steer is next – muscular, big bodied and sound. too plain fronted however and not enough balance. 308 steer is fourth – he’s very muscular and shapely but too hard ribbed and a little coarse jointed. 306 gray steer is an easy feeding big bodied steer but doesn’t have enough muscle and gets frail boned. 315 steer is market ready for sure. should be able to grade well on the hook. too early maturing though. short and round and plain in his look.”

NameAgFest TagClass Placing
Molly Terpstra, Escalon FFA3041
Mandy Jo Sell, Lodi FFA3142
Regan Boysen, Linden FFA3073
Martin Wunderlich, Linden FFA3084
Jared Cox, Linden FFA3065
Joseph Brown, Lodi FFA3156