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Cattlewomen Help Kids, Cows Prep For AgFest
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Addison Tente, left, Farmington 4-H member, receives the first-place gift bag from judge, Lyndsee Cracraft for the junior showmanship contest. Photo Contributed

There are 63 steers entered in this year’s AgFest market beef show, up from the 46 that were in the show last year. The San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen recently hosted a beef field day to help local youngsters get ready for AgFest at the Stockton Fairgrounds. They practiced showmanship, learned to clip and groom an animal and had a hoof trimer available for trimming hoofs.

The event was the San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen and Cattlemen’s Livestock Market, staged at the fairgrounds on May 8. The upcoming AgFest is set for mid-June.

The CattleWomen said about 16 market steers and heifers, along with their handlers, came to the field day from all over the county. Three steers were from Farmington 4-H members.

At the event, Mary Jo Perry and Lyndsee Cracraft, who are experts in showing cattle, helped exhibitors by practicing showmanship and demonstrating how to clip and groom an animal. The San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen and the Galt Livestock Auction provided lunch for all the participants.

The San Joaquin AgFest Junior Livestock and Auction will be held Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 19 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The eighth annual show is an independent event put on by an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promotion and support of 4-H and FFA.