Davison’s steer first champion in 55 years

Judge Bob May picks the steer shown by Zane Davison as the 2015 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Madison County Fair on Tuesday.

Zane Davison, far right, captured the Grand Champion Steer title with his Madison-Plains FFA project, Teddy, at the Madison County Fair on Tuesday. From left are, Gerrett Davison, Bruce Davison, Gordy Clark and Judge Bob May. When Judge Bob May picked the steer from the lineup, he brought an end to the 55-year ban on champions at the fair. Davison, the son of Bruce and Amber Davison, also won the Showman of Showmen title.

The first grand champion titles in 55 years were passed out Tuesday night at the 2015 Beef Showmanship and Jr. Beef Breeding Show at the Madison County Fair.

Zane Davison walked away with two honorable distinctions, both the Beef Showman of Showmen trophy and the champion steer, with his FFA project, Teddy.

Davison is the son of Bruce and Amber Davison.

Beef show key leader Bill McDonald said the decision to create a grand champion title in the market shows was introduced this year to increase competition and bring in better-quality animals.

“It makes everyone want to be grand champion,” McDonald said.

Kosta Xenikis took the Champion Heifer award in the Jr. Fair Beef Breeding show, with Macy Burchett taking home Champion Beef Feeder.

The show began at 2 p.m. and wrapped up in the evening. The show was judged by Bob May, of Wisconsin. May gave advise and commentary to each class.

Rain caused a delay early, but the show went on without a hitch after.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.