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August 5, 2014


Cowley College purchases Limousin steer, plans to donate meat to local food pantries

BeefContinuing its support of the Cowley County 4-H youth program and the community food banks, Cowley College purchased a Limousin steer for $3,395.47 during Monday night’s Cowley County Fair 4-H Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

The meat will be donated to the Manna Ministries Food Bank in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry. The meat will be processed by the Cedar Vale Locker and should be available at the food banks at the end of August.

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

The 1,271 pound Limousin steer purchased by the College was presented by Erin Watt, a recent graduate of Winfield High School. Erin, the daughter of Joe and Debbie Watt, has shown cattle at the Fair since she was six years old.

“It’s nice to show the cattle we have on our farm,” Watt said. “I think it’s great the college is donating the meat, and I am proud it is going to a worthy cause.”

Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch and Board of Trustee chairman Dennis K. Shurtz represented the college at the Fair. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, and director of web services Diana Dicken were also on hand to assist with the purchasing of the Limousine steer.

“The college appreciates the opportunity to support area youth and to be able to give back to the community,” Crouch said.