For a human being, a weight of more than 800 pounds would be incredibly unhealthy. For another kind of creature, it’s actually a bit on the small side.
The market beef weigh-in took place Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, as youths from across the county brought in their bovine charges to be evaluated for competition later this year, such as the Moffat County and State Fairs.
This is only the latest stop for Moffat County High School sophomore Andrea Maneotis, who recently returned from the National Western Stock Show as well as the Arizona National Livestock Show, where her steer, Omaha — who shares his name with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite audible — was named a Reserve Champion Prospect.
Sunday’s activities, which including getting the young steer on the scale and tagging him, are only part of the preparation on the road to the fair competitions, which take place starting in August.
“It’s a lot of hard work getting him ready,” Andrea said, noting that everything from the animal’s anatomy to his hair can affect the outcome at the fair.
Between now and August, the Maneotises hope to bulk up Omaha, who registered at 820 pounds Sunday. The competition at the fair includes comparing steers between the weigh-in period and the actual showing and rewarding the best rate of growth.
Andrea’s mother, Karen, said the target weight is 1,300 pounds.
“That’s going to be a lot of feed,” she said.
This will be Andrea’s third year working with steers, but she also has competed with other barnyard residents.
Last summer, she was named Grand Champion in the Moffat County Fair’s Market Swine Show and took top honors for showmanship in the goat show.
For others at the weigh-in event, working with something as big as cattle is entirely new. Torin Gray, 10, has shown goats in the past, but none were near the size of his 780-pound steer, Bandit.
Even so, he’s already looking forward to the new experience this summer.
“It’s going to be a lot different,” he said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.