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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.

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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

Junior Beef steers waiting in stockyard for judgingTwenty-five students entered 31 steers in the 2019-2020 Junior Beef Excellence Program.

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