Teen shows top steer

Hunter Jay of Artemas stands with his crossbred steer that took reserve grand champion in the market steer show Sunday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. From left are Bryan Hay, Lukka Hay, Marshal Tewell, Lacey Murry, Ryan Jay, judge Parker Henley from Urbana Ill., Forest Ohler, Hunter Jay, Heather Hay, and Madaline Tewell.

The steer shown by an Artemas teen was the reserve grand champion at the maket steer show this week at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Hunter Jay, 16, of Artemas, son of Ryan Jay and Leslie Jay, said he and family friend Marshal Tewell rode out to Ohio last May to pick the steer from breeder Kerry Lawrence.

“When we got it, we thought it was going to get decent,” Hunter said in a phone interview Thursday. “He looked pretty good.”

The 1,375-pound steer won the middleweight division at the market steer show Sunday on its way to winning reserve grand. The steer also was the reserve champion crossbred.

Tewell said in an email that the young exhibitor, “put in a lot of hard work and was very excited to have this honor.”

Hunter said it was the first time in his five years showing at the Farm Show that he took a steer. “I just wanted to do something a little different, take something a little different to farm show.”

He previously showed hogs and did again this year.

Hunter also showed the champion middleweight at last year’s fair.

The steer sold for a “fairly good price” at the sale on Tuesday.

He’s not sure if he will show at next year’s Farm Show. “Depends if we find (a good steer) or not.”

Also in the crossbred show, Wyatt Wigfield of Schellsburg was the reserve champion in the purebred show.

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