The Limousin beef breed is known for not being able to easily make the Choice Quality Grade. The Limousin breed is also know to not be the most docile breed. In fact someone who will remain nameless said "giving your kids a halter of a Limousine is similar to giving them a loaded hand gun". With all of those things shared in the summer of 1997 my final year in 4-H, my cousin Jodi and I showed up with two Limousin steers to the carcass show.
Although I didn't know it at the time, but after spending a year on The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team, this would have to be a judging nightmare. The judge Terry Blythe in this case had to not only decide which steers would be slaughtered and judged for carcass merit, but they also had to be placed live. At this time the live placing weighed into the final calculation for Grand Champion Carcass. In my eleventh and final year of 4-H and headed to The Ohio State University in September, I was not calculating to see if I could be the Champion. However I was hoping to push another animal through the generous Perry County Fair Livestock Sale to help pay for books.
My carcass steer had been a nightmare to work with all summer and was living up to every stereotype set for the Limousin breed and poor behavior. Jodi and I had worked equally with our steers and her steer was calm most of the time. I was hoping no one would get hurt by mine. I also secretly dreamed I could personally lead it on the trailer after the carcass contest. I had been beat up by him long enough.