Hicks Wins First Place in 2020 Junior Beef Contest
Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program recognizes the carcass merit of steers exhibited at the junior livestock shows by 4-H and FFA members in 14 south-central Oklahoma counties.
ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute announced the winners of the 2019-2020 Junior Beef Excellence Program on the Junior Beef website, forgoing the awards program this year due to COVID-19 precautions.
Twenty-five students entered 31 steers in this year’s event. The top 10 entries were awarded a total of $9,650 as part of the annual contest.
Laney Hicks entered this year’s champion steer. As the first-place finisher, Hicks earned $2,000. The second through 10th place winners are:
- Second place, Brock Dixon, $1,500
- Third place, Maddi Willis, $1,250
- Fourth Place, Calob Walker, $1,000
- Fifth Place, Emma Grace Moore, $900
- Sixth place, Lane House, $800
- Seventh place, Blake Scott, $700
- Eighth place, Mallory Easley, $600
- Ninth place, Nick Northcutt, $500
- Tenth place, Parker Garrett, $400
In addition to the carcass contest, students participated in a mandatory record-book contest this year. First and second prizes were awarded in three divisions: the junior division is fourth through sixth grade, the intermediate division is seventh through ninth grade, and the senior division is 10th through 12th grade.
The junior division winners are:
- First place, Rance Howard
- Second place, Zoei Linam
The intermediate division winners are:
- First place, Calob Walker
- Second place, Riley Mays
The senior division winners are:
- First place, Brock Dixon
- Second place, Parker Garrett
Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.
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