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August 2, 2016


Cowley College buys steer, plans to donate meat


Cowley College buys steer, plans to donate meatTo show support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and the community food banks, the college purchased a steer during Monday night’s Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

The 1,155 pound steer was presented by Malorie Depenbusch, an upcoming junior at Udall High School. Malorie is the daughter of Craig and Ronda Depenbusch, and both she and twin sister Miranda had livestock in the auction Monday night.  Malorie has shown animals at the Fair for the past six years and is pleased to know the sale of her steer will go toward a good cause.

The meat will be processed and donated to Manna Ministries Food Bank in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry to area families in need.

“I really like that it will be used to help people,” Depenbusch said.

At Udall, Malorie is the Chapter FFA Treasurer and is involved in the ColorGuard. She is currently enrolled to take online classes at Cowley College in the fall.

Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Dr. Harold Arnett and Board of Trustee member Dennis K. Shurtz represented the college at the Fair.

Dr. Arnett was born and raised on a dairy farm in western Kentucky. It was there he began working in the milk barn before he started school.

“A lot of people do not realize how much work goes into getting the animal ready for show,” Dr. Arnett said. “This is a way for the College to help out both the Arkansas City and Winfield communities while also helping a student who turns out will be taking classes with us.”

The college began purchasing cattle from local 4-H members back in 2010 as a way to not only support local 4-H programs and their students, but also as a way to give back to the community.

“Donating to help people you have never even met is an awesome thing,” Dr. Arnett said.