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Six-year-old wins top honors in Beef Show at Youth Expo

Six-year-old Gage Baker of Fulton was the overall best-of-show winner with the Grand Supreme Champion Limousin Junior Heifer he entered in the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef Show at the Callaway Youth Expo Saturday in Auxvasse.

Six-year-old Gage Baker of Fulton was the overall best-of-show winner with the Grand Supreme Champion Limousin Junior Heifer he entered in the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef Show at the Callaway Youth Expo Saturday in Auxvasse. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Six-year-old Gage Baker, son of Rhad and Leah Baker of Fulton, won top honors Saturday in the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef Show at the Callaway Youth Expo in Auxvasse.

Baker had the Grand Supreme Limousin Junior Heifer in the show and also captured best of show honors.

Baker said he was pleased he won against so tough competition from much older youngsters in the show.

“My dad taught me how to show cattle,” Baker said. His father, Rhad Baker, has a farm west of Fulton and also owns Rhad Baker Construction Co.

It marked the third show Gage has entered this year. He won his class at the Junior Nationals for Limousin cattle earlier this year.

Gage plans to show his heifer again at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia and the American Royal in Kansas City.

The overall winner in the bull category was Makenlea Jones, daughter of Jeff and Tara Jones of Kingdom City.

Makenlea, a 17-year-old senior at North Callaway High School, showed an Angus bull in the competition.

“I’ve been showing cattle since is was three years old. I prefer showing bulls because I believe they are easier to handle,” Makenlea said. She is a member of the Hatton 4-H Club and the North Callaway High School Future Farmers of America.

This summer she plans to compete in the Missouri State Fair at Sedalia, The Boone County Fair in Columbia and the Audrain County Fair in Mexico.

She plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia with a goal of eventually becoming a psychiatrist. On Saturday she defeated her brother Cody, a Junior at the University of Missouri School of Agriculture, who also showed an Augus bull at event Saturday.

Cheyenne Hunt was the overall reserve Supreme champion at the event with her entry of a crossbreed late junior heifer.

Hunt also was the winner of the Showmenship Award in the Senior Category.

The Junior Category Award for Showmenship went to Addisyn Jones and the Intermediate Category Award for Showmenship was won by Cassidy Hunt.

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