The following is a press release from the Redwood Empire Fair:
The average person thinks that girls and women might not be interested in raising cattle. This year’s Redwood Empire Fair busted that myth completely, with an enormous percentage of girls and women entering and placing in this year’s Market Steer Class.
For 4-H, Class 1 was won by Saul De La Torre, Class 2: Whitney Fansler, Class 3: Oscar De La Torre and Class 4: Diego Ramirez. Whitney Fansler was awarded 4-H Champion, and Diego Ramirez received the 4-H Reserve award.
For FFA, Class 1 was won by Alejandra Davila, Class 2: Lane Anderson, Class 3: Vanessa De La Torre and Class 4: Katie Brown, who also won Supreme Steer/FFA Champion. The Reserve Supreme Champion/FFA Reserve was given to Vanessa De La Torre.
The Fair’s Beef Judge was Dave Dillabo from Live Oak, California. Dillabo is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate and the CEO of the Yuba Sutter Fair. He and his family breed and show cattle and operate Dillabo Livestock Show Cattle. It was important for him to spend time with each contestant, give them hands-on tips. He told the audience about the benefits of being involved with livestock, outdoors and having responsibility for living things, and asked each winner to speak to the reasons they got involved in livestock. “They are the future of agriculture,” he told the audience. Thursday’s future was largely dominated by the De La Torre family, whose eldest son took Grand Champion at the last fair. This year, his three younger siblings swept the awards categories, and will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.