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Agriculture briefs

Honored for raising grand champion steer

A Cardinal Newman High School junior has raised the grand champion steer at this year’s California State Fair.

Julia Dayton, 16, president of the Healdsburg 4H group, captured the top honor July 11 with a white-faced steer named Panda, which she called a “black cross” because “he’s kind of a mixture of everything.”

Panda, who originally came from a ranch near Fresno, went to the junior livestock auction the next day and was purchased for $16,000, said a state fair spokeswoman.

Tim Tesconi, executive director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, said, he couldn’t remember a state grand champion from the county in 20 years. “This is a real huge win for this young woman,” he said.

Dayton has been showing cattle for about four years, but this was her first trip to the state fair. She plans to also show a steer at the upcoming Sonoma County Fair.

She said she wants to pursue a college degree in agriculture business.

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Award for leadership in dairy goat industry

Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery in Sebastopol, will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award July 29 at the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ.


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