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August 8, 2017


Cowley College continues tradition of buying steer with plans to donate meat


Cowley College continues tradition of buying steerTo show continued 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 1,140 pound steer was presented by Malorie Depenbusch, an upcoming senior 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 seven 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 the idea of Cowley donating the meet to the local food pantries,” Depenbusch said.

Depenbusch is currently enrolled to take online classes at Cowley College in the fall.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, vice president of finance and administration Dr. Gloria Walker, Board Chair Bob Juden and Board of Trustee member Dennis K. Shurtz represented the college at the Fair.

“This is a great way to support the youth in Cowley County,” Juden said.

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.

“This will be a way for us to provide much needed food to members of the community in Arkansas City and Winfield,” De. Rittle said.