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Carter Wickard gets ready for the showmanship contest June 27 at the Hancock County 4-H Fair. Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

WILKINSON — Carter Wickard of Wilkinson recently received top honors at an American Junior Shorthorn Association conference.

Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts gathering from 23 states competed in the 2017 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 3 through 8. Not only did the juniors compete with their animals, but they had the opportunity to compete in 13 individual, team or state contests.

Throughout the week juniors exhibited their animals and competed in individual contests. Contests included photography, promotional poster, arts, speech, livestock judging and showmanship. In addition to the individual contests there were team contests, such as team sales, team fitting, state herdsmanship, quiz bowl and beef cook-off. Juniors accumulated points for participating and placing in these events. A grand total is complied from these contests and then five High Point individuals are recognized based on their age divisions.

Wickard earned third place in the 10- to 12-year-old age division.

The American Shorthorn Association promotes the value of Shorthorn Cattle in all aspects of the beef industry, while maintaining the integrity of the herd book and performance database, according to a press release. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events, while being dedicated to the betterment of its members. To learn more, visit shorthorn.org or junior shorthorn.com.