“The Knotts are a good family we’ve known for years,” Lori Fields said. “It’s nice to be able to help them.”

The sale topped the 2016 champion steer sale price of $10,064 for a 1,258-pound steer.

Travis spent more than a year working with the steer. Walking away with the highest title in the competition was the most rewarding part of the project, he said.

Geno was raised at Travis’ grandparents’ farm, Hill View Acres, in Keymar. The family has a long history of raising steers.

Right on Travis’ heels was Jason Baust, 15, whose 1,302-pound crossbred steer took reserve champion.

Judge Megan Blankenship praised the power and compositional correctness of Jason’s steer during the crossbred competition. She also thought it had the best muscle-to-fat ratio in its class.

“I think this is a great lineup of steers and an even better lineup of kids,” Blankenship said.

Jason’s steers have taken home reserve champion for the past two years. His family operates Baust Show Cattle in Rocky Ridge, and he plans to make a career in cattle.

Both boys are students at Catoctin High School.

Follow Cameron Dodd on Twitter: @CameronFNP.

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Way to go, Travis! What a hardworking, motivated, student-athlete that manages to work his farm life and contribute to his football team! Great kid, kudos to you!


These hard working farm kids only make the front page during Fair Week. They are America!!!


Congrats guys! And nice story!

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