PUEBLO - The Colorado State Fair Market Beef show took place last Sunday in Pueblo. FFA and 4-H youth across the state exhibited their high-quality animals in hopes of winning the prestigious Colorado State Fair Grand and Reserve Grand Champion titles.

Ten classes and over 80 head of cattle made up the show. Ten animals were brought back to the Grand Championship Drive.

Nash Richardson of Yuma won the Grand Championship honor with his steer, Daniel (no. 197). The misty-eyed teen was greeted with warm hugs and handshakes by his family and friends immediately following the show.

When asked about his accomplishment, Nash replied: "Best state fair ever!"
 
On Tuesday, Daniel was purchased by Sam Brown for a record-breaking $65,000.
 
Cal Sidwell of Weld County claimed the Reserve Grand Champion title with his steer, Augustus (no. 166). The emotional Sidwell showed his gratitude for his prized animal by kissing him on the head.

"It feels really great, I've been working all summer for this," says Sidwell.

Denver Rustlers bought Augustus for $25,000.

The competition was judged by Joel Cowley, President of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  

Cowley holds an associate’s degree in agricultural education from Northeastern Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Michigan State University, and has extensive experience in livestock judging.

In his closing remarks, the crowd erupted as Cowley talked about the importance of promoting agriculture, and the future of the industry.

"People take agriculture for granted, and we can not afford to do that. What we're doing here today is promoting agriculture," says Cowley. Youth development is critical for agriculture, and 4-H and FFA programs exist for this reason."