XENIA — Top feeder calf showmanship honors were handed out Sunday in one of the first shows of the Greene County Fair.
Chloe Brown, 11, daughter of Cassi Butler and Brent Brown, took first place in junior showmanship. Her sister, Aubree, 8, took second place in the class.
Hunter Ratliff, 17, of Cedarville, son of Tim and April Ratliff, took first place in the senior division.
For judge Doug Smith, who raises Simmental cattle in Winchester, Ind., winners needed to be exhibitors who “paid attention to their animal, (knew) where the judge was at all times and be very ring-aware.”
Ratliff has been showing steers and feeder calves for seven years. He also brought a steer project to the fair.
Ratliff will be a senior at Cedarville High School this coming school year. Following high school, he hopes to attend the Air Force Academy and has begun the application process.
For Chloe Brown, it’s “good” to win, and enjoys showing and cleaning her feeder calf.
“I have an easy calf,” she said.
It was difficult for Aubree to take second place to her sister and sat tearfully in mom Cassi’s lap following the win, but after some coaxing said she liked being in the ring and showing her animal.
The Brown sisters both attend Edgewood Elementary.