Bo Bailey of Decatur County 4-H exhibited his steer "The Situation" to Overall Supreme Champion at the 2012 Georgia National Junior Livestock Show in Perry Georgia in February.
Bailey, a freshman at Grace Christian Academy, also won Breed Champion with "The Situation", and best-of-Chianina-Influence Breed with another steer, nicknamed "B.A.", at this show.
F-R-M was especially happy about Bailey's achievements because the steers were fed with F-R-M Show Gold Show Calf Feeds, feeds specifically designed for raising show cattle.
"F-R-M is very fortunate to have Bo to represent us so well through his hard work." F-R-M President Henry Metcalf said.
"Raising a champion steer is the culmination of a lot of things, but having a good base feed is the main thing," said Dr. Cliff Bailey, a veterinarian who is also Bo's father. "Bo put in a lot of work at home where our barn is, taking care of his steers early in the morning and late at night."
Bo, 16, who has been raising show animals since he was 9 years old, said the story of his Supreme Champion steer, "The Situation", is memorable.
"I had been looking at steers for sale online with my dad one night," Bo recalled. It was a bit later when Bo's dad learned that Bo had actually made the purchase without his knowledge. . . and thus the ensuing predicament and the steer's nickname - "The Situation"!
Bo said he had relied upon tips his dad had given him to assess the young calf's potential; but as it turned out, no one else had wanted the steer and when he arrived in Decatur County, the steer was really skinny and had lost some hair - neither of which are desirable for a show calf.
Dr. Bailey told his son that raising this then-puny calf would be a learning experience. In the end, "The Situation" was a one-of-a-kind steer, winning top honors at the Georgia National Junior Livestock Show. Spectators at the show heard the judge's remarks that this animal "took his breath away" and "this steer is twelve o'clock", meaning that he had perfect balance, weight, etc. . .
"That's definitely a reflection not only of Bo's hard work and dedication, but of the quality of the F-R-M feeds we used to raise this calf every step of the way," Dr. Bailey said.
Raising show animals is not an easy task for the youth who compete in Georgia 4-H and FFA competitions. Dr. Bailey, whose daughters Ash and Brock have also shown animals in the past, talked about the many hours they put in over numerous months to raise a show animal.
"This has absolutely nothing to do with any prize money the children might win at competitions," Dr. Bailey said. "It's a family thing - it teaches the children responsibility, work ethic, how to win and lose with dignity and represent themselves and their animals confidently."