Larson Continues To Pursue His Passion For Cattle Industry

Grady Larson, Sidney, has been an active member of the Richland Aces 4-H Club for 10 years. Throughout his time as a 4-H member, he has shown market and breeding beef, participated in several indoor projects, and competed on the livestock judging team.

This year, Larson will be working on a leathercraft and welding indoor project along with his Red Angus market steer, named August McCrae.

He hopes to secure a grand champion win this year but is mainly focusing on producing a high-quality market animal. "I always hope to have the grand champion market beef but overall, I just want to produce a good end product for the consumer. I want my steer to grade Choice or better, have a lot of marbling and taste good," said Larson.

Throughout his time being a 4-H member, he has shown a market steer every year and almost every one of them has come from Ron and Sharon Whited, Arnegard.

"Their cowherd is one of the best I've ever seen. I have had two reserve champion steers and almost every other steer has made the final drive."

Larson enjoys picking out a steer and watching it grow and change. "I love the cattle business and being able to take a steer and heifer project at nine years old was a big part of why I wanted to join 4-H."

He also enjoys working on his indoor projects. "I've learned a lot in leathercraft over the years and have made a lot of great projects for my horse that I use every day like headstalls, spur straps and a wallet."

While keeping busy with 4-H, Larson also participates in hockey for the Richland Rangers and rodeo, both of which he has been involved in for 13 years.

In the future, Larson hopes to stay as active as possible in the agricultural industry. "4-H has given me an avenue to pursue my passion for the cattle industry and I owe 4-H a lot for all the things it has taught me and all the experiences."

This fall, Larson will be attending Miles City Community College, where he will major in ag business and compete for the Pioneers.

"My goal is to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo and be in the top 10 in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping. I also hope to work hard and practice a lot at my events and rodeo in our Montana circuit and one day make it to the National Finals Rodeo."

Larson also plans on attending auctioneering school so he can be an auctioneer at his parent's sale barn and at registered breeders' sales. 

"After college, I will use my degree in ag business to help my parents in their cattle marketing company, Prewitt & Company and the sale barn, Sidney Livestock Market Center. I love the cattle business and my goal is to own my own ranch and run my Red Angus cattle herd while rodeoing as much as I can."


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