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Cattaraugus Future Farmers had a successful week at Little Valley Fair

CATTARAUGUS — Members of the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Future Farmers of America went to the Cattaraugus County Fair this year with a stated goal of showing what they knew in contests and displaying their animals in championships. Nine members showed market livestock animals, six showed dairy animals, one showed poultry and two showed horses.

Logan Martin had the champion holstein, which was named supreme champion of the junior dairy show. Ashley Bognar was champion in three divisions of the junior horse show. Kaylee Eaton exhibited the champion market chickens and several other members had highly-commended animals.

Several members participated in contests making up the All Around Farmer Competition. The competition is made up of contests in dairy judging, livestock judging and agronomy. In livestock judging, C-LV had four of the top 10 individuals’ helping take the first and third place team awards. In the dairy ring, Eaton and Kellen Martin led the way, as C-LV placed first and second, with six members in the top 10.

In agronomy, competitors judge crops, identify weeds and diseases and complete a test. C-LV took a second place team, with Martin and Eaton’s leading the way. Cattaraugus-Little Valley had four members in the top 10 in the All Around Farmer contest and had taken first and second place team awards.

The first in the market ring was a market goat named Roger. Roger had been donated to the chapter by Rich and Sandy Hill of East Otto and had been raised by their daughters and niece. He was sold to the Western New York Farm Show for $5 per pound.

The chapter also raised a market pig, which was brought up by Marcie and Austin Hauri The profits from these animals will help send Cattaraugus-Little Valley FFA members to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

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