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Austin Lynd of Clinton FFA, right, shakes hands with the judge after his steer was selected as grand champion Thursday at the Rock County 4-H Fair.

Angela Major

Name: Austin Lynd, 18

Club: Clinton FFA

Years showing at fair: Nine

Steer’s name: Peaches

Breed: Charolais (any other breed category)

What it takes to win: Handlers must start working with steers when they are calves to develop trust. From there, the daily routine becomes important, Lynd said.

He wakes up at 5 a.m. to walk and exercise steers. The animals are then put in a cooler to stimulate hair growth and improve their coats. Lynd does this three times a day, he said.

Lynd has one year left to show animals at the fair, and winning grand champion is a good way to gradually end his career, he said.

Reserve champion

It was a family affair at the steer show Thursday. Austin’s steer was named grand champion, and the steer shown by his sister Natalee was named reserve champion.

Natalee won grand champion steer last year and earned grand champion market lamb Wednesday. Like her brother, she comes from Clinton FFA.

What the judge looks for: Zac Hall, a judge from North Dakota, said he looks for an overall balance in an animal’s appearance. That includes sound body structure and good muscle, he said.

Austin’s steer was stout, and it was obvious how much work both he and Natalee put into their steers, Hall said.

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