National Geographic : 1948 Nov
The National Geographic Magazine t 1ileago T iriutlll England Congratulates Oklahoma on the Glossy Look of a Grand Champion Richard de Quincey of Bodenham, Hereford, England, who was a judge at Chicago's International Live Stock Exposition last year, shakes hands with Claude Millwee of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. De Quincey named Big Boy, Millwee's 1,100-pound Shorthorn steer, the junior grand champion. conservation, wildlife protection, and many other activities. Leaders aid youths to stick to allotted tasks, think straight, speak in public, and enter prize winning contests. For nearly 20 years Maine has led all other States in percentage of 4-H members who complete the year's projects. At State fairs today 4-H work is a top farm exhibit. On the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, as in several other States, 4-H'ers have their own magnificent exhibit building. "Win Without Bragging, Lose Without Squealing" At some contests prize animals often sell for dizzy prices. An Iowa boy's 1,2122 pound grand champion steer sold at an Ameri can Royal Live Stock & Horse Show in Kansas City, Missouri, for $35.50 a pound-enough cash to buy a whole farm in Iowa, whose State 4-H motto is "to win without bragging -to lose without squealing." Often such high prices are paid by a fancy stock farm, by a well-known restaurant just for publicity, or by the winner's friends to help him or her along. "But we don't think that's wise," says Rus sell Thorp, of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. "Such inflated prices give the farm boy a wrong idea of how much money he can make later in the cow business." One Cornell instructor says the "stimulation credited to cash awards is much overrated. A greater stimulus, in our opinion, stems from the desire of the individual to excel in his achievements."