Cattle Kids crown champions

BLACKFOOT — Cattle Kids took the show ring Tuesday at the Bingham County 4-H Fair.
The kids in the program were divided into two flights—one for kids who have been part of the program in previous years and the second for first year Cattle Kids.
Emma Harris won champion showman honors in the veteran Cattle Kid division. Hannah Adams took reserve champion honors.
In the first year category of Cattle Kids, Marlee Kofoed was champion showman; McKenzie Later earned reserve champion.
"I like having animals I can take care of and I like the opportunity," said Harris.
"Taking care of an animal is lots of work and responsibility," said Adams.
"It's really fun," said Kofoed.
This is Marlee's first year in Cattle Kids. Her two calves were named Aticus and Junior.
"Cattle Kids is unique to Blackfoot," said Cattle Kids organizer Neil Anderson. "It think these are good kids; they give us hope for the future. They care about the commitments they have made.
"We have good kids, parents, businesses and business people," Anderson said. "This is not one person's project; it's the community's effort."
This year, 35 kids raised 44 calves with the help of 26 sponsors.
Jonathan Harris of Baker & Harris Law in Blackfoot is one of the sponsors of the program.
"We are pleased to donate to this program," Harris said, "because it grants opportunities for kids they would not otherwise have."
Matt Spangler, who teaches beef cattle genetics at the University of Nebraska, was the market animal judge at the 4-H Fair this year. He judged meat goats, sheep, swine, beef cattle and Cattle Kids' steers.
"The quality of animal is very good [at the 4-H county fair]," Spangler said. "The animals are only surpassed by a great group of kids.
"You want [the showing of animals] to be a training experience for the kids," he said. "Some of these kids will be the next generation of producers.
As Spangler went down the line judging the Cattle Kids, he questioned each of the exhibitors what was the most valuable thing he/she learned.
"There were three answers," he said. "How to take care of animals, patience and responsibility."