Market Lamb Grand Champion

Lydia Placht of New Haven stands with her lamb, which won grand champion during the Washington Town and Country Fair Market Lamb Show Wednesday, Aug. 6. Pictured with Placht are Larry Hall and Nell Glosemeyer with the Nelson H. Hall Foundation, the event’s sponsor.                                            

Lydia Placht of New Haven won grand champion in the 2014 Washington Town and Country Fair Market Lamb Show.

Braun Lebish of Leslie was named reserve grand champion.

Placht and Lebish topped their respective weight classes in the lamb show.

Placht’s lamb competed in the lighter weight class of 109 to 132 pounds while Lebish’s was in the 133- to 147-pound class.

Bethany Sullivan’s lamb placed second in the lighter weight class while Andrew Sullivan’s, both of St. Clair, was second in the larger class.

Placht was champion in the senior showmanship division, which was ages 14 to 18, and Lebish was champion of the junior showmanship division, which was for ages 8 to 13.

The sheep and lamb show was sponsored by the Nelson H. Hall Foundation and judged by Steve Neimeier of Lewistown, Ill.

Nelson Hall’s son, Larry Hall, said his dad showed sheep as a child at the State Fair and was an agriculture teacher at Washington High School from 1957 to 1976.

The judge commented that some of the lambs had good depth of body, were muscular, lean, stout and long-bodied. But in some cases he said he would have liked to have seen the lambs have more thickness.

Sheep Superintendent Joyce Couch thanked the sponsor for its support of the show as well as the Junior Fair Board and Matt Herring with the University of Missouri Extension.

Couch said there were 17 lamb entries, which is up a little over last year.

The majority of the lambs were within a few pounds of each other, which made it a hard contest to judge, Couch said. The quality of the animals was high, she said.