ESCANABA - The grand champion and reserve champion of this year's beef cattle junior show at the U.P. State Fair were named Tuesday. The grand champion steer was raised by Dayton Miron and the reserve champion steer was raised by Mason Wallace, both Delta County residents.
The beef cattle junior show is open to youths between the ages of 9 and 19. All of the steers entered into the competition were born after Jan. 1, 2011.
Despite being 10-year-old Miron's first beef cattle junior show, he walked away with the highest title awarded to a steer. When asked how it felt to have his steer named grand champion, Miron's response was simply, "Very good."
Dayton Miron shows off his 1,360-pound steer, Ben, which was named the grand champion steer at the fair on Tuesday. (Daily Press photo by Ilsa Matthes)
"My older brother, Denham, picked out this calf," said Miron, who's older brother has been showing steers for four years. Miron received the calf after his brother found a different calf to raise for the competition.
"It's really a family deal," said Dennis Miron, the boy's father. "I'm not kidding. We go all over."
Miron wakes up at 7 every morning to begin taking care of his steer. He has spent five to six hours every day preparing Ben, the 1,360 pound grand champion steer, for the competition.
Two to four times daily, Ben was run through a special regiment to keep his coat looking good. "We would rinse him down, comb his hair forward, we would blow him all out, we would put product on him, comb him again, and then we would blow it out again," explained Miron.
The title of reserve champion was won by Walter, the 1,280-pound the steer raised by Mason Wallace.
Sixteen-year-old Wallace has been showing steers for nine years. "I've got three more years," he said.
Wallace has also spent hours daily prepping his steer for the competition. Besides a daily, two-hour washing process, Wallace spent time cleaning up after Walter and giving the steer daily walks. "It was a lot of hard work," he said.
Wallace will also be showing a pig today. When asked Tuesday night what he was going to do now that the steer competition was over Wallace replied, "Hope I do well tomorrow with my pig, and stay glad."
Both of the winning steers were raised in Delta County.