Treg Beer of Milford and his steer, Blue Moon, took the Grand Champion for the 41st Annual Northern Classic Open Beef Show on Saturday, July 19, at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Beer a recent graduate of NorthWood High School, bought his steer last September and have been working hard to have him show-ready for months. Beer recalls rinsing him and blowing him dry every morning to help his hair grow, a unique feature of Blue Moon that helped him catch the judge’s eye.
Blue Moon is a Blue Roan in his coloring, causing his black coat to fade as it goes down his body. The pattern, says Beer, gives him almost a blueish tint. Blue Moon is a crossbreed.
“When we fed him, we got him completely finished,” says Beer. “He was the most market ready steer out of all of them. He has a nice color scheme which made him stand out even more.”
Beer is in year 10 of showing cows. Two years ago he won Grand Reserve but did not dream of winning Grand Champion. On Monday showed Blue Moon in the 4-H Beef Showmanship and received third place overall. His sister Liz Beer took home Grand Champion for the steer and heifer competitions.
Treg Beer plans to attend Purdue University in the fall for Agricultural Engineering.