Keeping it in the family; O’Sullivans win in State Fair 4-H and open classes


Summer mornings start around 7 a.m. for Joseph, Paddy and William O’Sullivan. That’s when they begin working with their show cattle. Their daily work typically concludes around 9:30 or 10 p.m.
Their hard work paid off, as Paddy won grand champion in the 4-H breeding show with his Shorthorn heifer and Joseph’s Shorthorn was the grand champion heifer in the open class breeding show at the Minnesota State Fair.
Their wins marked only the second time one family has won grand champion in both the 4-H and open class shows.
William also took third place overall in the 4-H show with his Charolais heifer.
“It’s nice to see young people rewarded for their hard work and effort,” their dad, Frank Sullivan, said.
Paddy claimed a $1,000 prize, the use of a Featherlite trailer for a year, a Featherlite jacket, a banner and a belt buckle.
Joseph earned a $500 prize, an embroidered chair, a Featherlite jacket and a banner.
William took home $600 along with his third-place banner.
Sullivan said his family began showing cattle when they were looking for a family activity they could do together.
He believes diligence is the secret to success inside the show ring.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.