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August 2, 2011

Cowley College purchases Angus steer, donates meat to local food pantry


To show support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and the community food bank, the college purchased a steer during Monday night’s Cowley County Fair 4-H Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds. Cowley College paid $2,751 for a 1,450-pound blue ribbon Angus steer presented at the auction by Brooke Jackson, who will be a senior at Arkansas City High School. The meat will be donated to the Manna Ministries Food Bank.

steerAlong with her work in 4-H, Jackson has also trained sheep, goats, swine, and horses. Having started in 4-H when she was just seven years old, Jackson has enjoyed the process of getting her animals ready to show at the fair.

Cowley College Board of Trustees member, Dennis K. Shurtz, represented the college at the auction. Shurtz, who is the owner of Shurtz Commodity Trading Inc., was glad the college could purchase a steer from an individual in the 4-H program.

“4-H gives the youth in our community a great foundation and rewards them for their hard work and efforts,” Shurtz said. “For the college to be a part of something like this is very rewarding.”

The idea to purchase a steer at the auction came through discussions in the college’s marketing meetings. The school’s marketing team also decided it would be best to donate the meat to the food bank. Last year the college donated the meat to the Winfield food pantry.

Jackson was happy to hear the sale of her steer would benefit individuals in the community.

“I think donating the meat to the food bank is a wonderful idea,” Jackson said. “I do a lot with my church and like to help those in need as much as I can. We need to realize there are others less fortunate than us and we need to reach out to help them.”

Brooke’s parents are Wayne and Pam Jackson of Arkansas City.

Cowley offers students an opportunity to pursue an Associate of Arts in Agribusiness or an Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture.