Yates accepts her "Osage County Born and Raised" award for
her Simmental Steer. She received $500 and a plaque for the
(Courtesy Photo/Kaci Jo Bute Photography)
Annabelle Yates is an 11-year-old fifth grader at Pawhuska Elementary
School. She is in her third year showing her cattle at the annual
Osage County Livestock Show.
At this year's show she was awarded Reserve Champion and placed
third overall. The other two winners' cattle were not Osage County
born and raised and that bumped her steer up to Grand Champion,
Overall Steer, and also earned her the coveted "County Born and
For the honor she was awarded $500 to go toward her next show
project and she also received a plaque. She accepted the award at
the 2016 Cattleman's Hall of Fame Luncheon at the county fairgrounds
on June 17.
"I was very excited to get the award for 'County Born and Raised,'
myself and a lot of other kids worked hard on our 4-H calves and
I feel fortunate to win," Annabelle said. "I would like to thank
Ernie Barnett and the Fryin Pan Ranch for my steer."
For the past couple of years Yates has showed her own stock
of cattle but this year her steer came from rancher Ernie Barnett
of Osage County. The Simmental Steer, a breed of cattle originating
from western Switzerland, weighed 1,415 pounds and its carcass weight
was 862 pounds. Her steer had the highest points rating, based on
those raised in Osage County in 2016.
"As parents of Annabelle, we are extremely proud of the hard
work and effort she puts into her 4-H projects. Belle puts 100 percent
commitment toward everything she gets involved in, whether it be
sports or helping with chores around the ranch," said her parents
Andrew and Shelly Yates. They also said, "Belle is also active with
the In-Lon-Schka dances each June."
To win the born and raised contest, the steer must have been
bred in Osage County and points are won for sale order and the carcass
weight contest. This is a highly sought out award for those participating
in 4-H and FFA.
"The County Born and Raised Contest has deep roots in Osage
County. The ranchers in Osage County started the contest so that
young people, like Annabelle, can see what kind of beef they are
putting in the market," said Jessica Jantzen, 4-H & Youth Development
The Osage County Cattleman's Association gives prize money for
hard work associated with raising a market steer from Osage County.
They recognize five places and pay out in three places.
Annabelle is the daughter of Osage Minerals Councilman Andrew
Yates and Shelly Yates. She is the granddaughter of the late Don
Caldwell, Callie Caldwell and Papa O.J. Sweeden and Paul and Eva
Coshehe Yates. Bell has two sisters, Katie and Josie Yates.