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Cullman County youth excel during 3-day Junior Beef Expo

Class 1 Senior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Rayne Starkey of Jackson County, first; Paige Quick of Cullman County, second; Michael Morrison of Clay County, third; Cheyenne Ritter of Lauderdale County, fourth; and Annie Smith of Chilton County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum. / Holly Alford

MONTGOMERY - Hours of training, grooming and practicing culminated in applause, ribbons and banners for winning youth livestock exhibitors at the 60th Alabama Junior Beef Expo (JBE) March 15-17. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation with numerous community and business sponsorships

“I’m convinced what we’re doing to support this event is one of the most important things we can do for our state,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “These young people are our future, and we need to help them prepare to be leaders.”

Special guest Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey provided words of support to exhibitors when she visited the JBE March 16.

The JBE was held inside Teague Arena on the Garrett Coliseum grounds in Montgomery, and thousands of dollars in prize money was awarded to winning exhibitors. Special college scholarships were also presented

For the Market Show and the Heifer Show held March 15 and 17 respectively, division winners were awarded based on cattle breed and performance. The March 16 Showmanship contest split competitors into classes based on age and awards were presented based on the exhibitor’s skills in the ring. 

Grand champion awards were presented to:

  • Ashlyn Ruf of Limestone County and Grand Champion Market Steer Mr. Incredible
  • Dow Boyd of Coffee County and Grand Champion Heifer HLVW Pays To Shine 1730
  • Bryce Hendricks of Coffee County and Grand Champion Bred & Owned Heifer HCC Miss Versace D2
  • Rayne Starkey of Jackson County - Senior Showmanship Grand Champion
  • Victoria Thompson of Lee County - Intermediate Showmanship Grand Champion
  • Gus Ashley of Montgomery County - Junior Showmanship Grand Champion

 In total, 175 youth participated and exhibited 325 animals in the expo. JBE is held annually in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo.

  • Holly Alford
    Class 3 Senior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Ashlyn Ruf of Limestone County, first; Bryce Hendricks of Coffee County, second; Lakin Whatley of Montgomery County, third; Sarah Parker of Chambers County, fourth; and Sydni Benefield of Cullman County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Class 12 Intermediate Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Jacey Adkins of Baldwin County, first; Austin Alexander of Cullman County, second; Mary Hannah Gullatt of Lee County, third; Marie Downey of Autauga County, fourth; and Alexia Thomas of St. Clair County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Class 17 Junior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Dow Boyd of Coffee County, first; Mattie Wood of Cullman County, second; Tyler Crim of Tuscaloosa County, third; Lauren Jones of Chilton County, fourth; and Alyvia Watson of Mobile County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Class 18 Junior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Gus Ashley of Montgomery County, first; Hannah Grace McHugh of Lee County, second; Ella Grace Downs of Elmore County, third; Evan Roden of Cullman County, fourth; and Luke Ray of Tuscaloosa County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Evan Roden of Cullman County won Bred & Owned (B&O) champion for the Maine Tainer division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer Daisy Duck and father Rusty. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Evan Roden of Cullman County won reserve champion for the All Other Breeds (AOB) division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer Minnie and his father, Rusty. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Mattie Wood of Cullman County won reserve division champion for the Chianina breed during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Market Show March 15. She is pictured with her winning steer, 2M Pistol, and her father, Matt Wood. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.
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    Sydni Benefield of Cullman County won Bred & Owned (B&O) champion for the he Chianina division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. She is pictured with heifer SFB Molly RAE 6D and her sister Olivia. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Nathan Alexander of Cullman County won champion for the Charolais division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer CCC Whiskey Girl 105D and Paige Quick. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
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    Class 14 Intermediate Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Walker Johnson of Cullman County, first; Abbey James of Autauga County, second; Madison Thrailkill of Autauga County, third; Emma Claire Long of Dale County, fourth; and Colbie English of Escambia County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery. JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.