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August 6, 2013

College purchases pair of reserve champions at the Fair, will donate meat to local food pantries


To show support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and the community food banks, Cowley College purchased a pair of Reserve Champion cattle during Monday night’s Cowley County Fair 4-H Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The college paid a total of $4,388.28 for the cattle and the meat will be processed and donated to the Manna Ministries Food Bank in Arkansas City as well as the Winfield Community Food Pantry.



The 1,201 pound Charolais cattle purchased by the College was presented by Bailye Butler, who will be a senior at Dexter High School. While, the College’s 1,332 pound Maine-Anjou cattle purchase was presented by 10-year old Peyton King of Winfield.

Cowley College president Clark Williams and Board of Trustee member Dennis K. Shurtz represented the college at the Fair.

“Purchasing the cattle serves two purposes,” Cowley College president Clark Williams said. “It is a great way for the College to acknowledge and support youth involved in 4-H activities and, at the same time, to provide some terrific beef for the dinner tables of those in our community who otherwise would not enjoy such an opportunity. It is a win-win for all.”

Bailye Butler’s sisters, Shelbye and Jolie, each went to school at Cowley. Bailye plans to attend Cowley and major in pre-medicine after graduating from Dexter in 2014.

She has shown sheep and cattle at the Fair since she was 7 years old.

“It is really fun and teaches you responsibility,” Butler said.

The College purchased a Champion Angus steer Butler presented at the Fair in 2010 and also donated the meet from the animal.

“It’s really awesome that the college will donate the meat,” Butler said. “I was really hoping they would buy from me again.”

She is the daughter of David and Carlye Butler. David’s brother, Steve, is the former director of piano and music theory at Cowley.



Peyton King has shown cattle at the Fair for each of the last three years. The soon to be fifth grader got involved in 4-H due to her mother, Tracy, and brother, Riley’s involvement in the program.

“I think it is fun,” Peyton said. “I am trying to talk my mom into letting me show a pig.”

As for now, Peyton will have a steer exhibited at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson in September.

The College began purchasing cattle from local youth 4-H members in 2010 as a way to give back to the community.