Almburg earns national recognition
Photo: Adam Almburg (far right) of Lincoln Highway 4-H Club received Reserve Champion Steer during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisvile, Ken. Courtesy Photo
Maple Park—Adam Almburg, a member of the Lincoln Highway 4-H Club in Maple Park, raised a steer that was named Reserve Champion Steer during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisvile, Ken., on Nov. 14.
The judge evaluated 64 steers at this year’s competition. Exhibitors ages 8 to 21 vied for a coveted position in the Sale of Champions Nov. 18. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion steers, wethers and hogs are included in the sale. Last year’s Grand and Reserve Champion Steers brought $26,500 and $22,000 respectively.
Steers of many breeds competed against one another in the North American Junior Steer Show. Steers are castrated beef cows and are judged on musculature, structural soundness and overall balanced eye-appeal. The judge looked for the highest quality, market-ready animal.
The Junior Steer Show at the NAILE is the final show of the season for many exhibitors. Steers are fed specific feed mixes to increase muscle mass while maintaining the proper muscle-to-fat ratio. Some fat content in the meat keeps steaks tender and juicy. Exhibitors spend months improving their steers’ quality and training them for the show ring.
Almburg is from Malta, Ill.