(Bel Air, MD – February 12, 2009) – – The Division of Agriculture is proud to announce that a Harford County Charolais bull, owned by Bob and Judy Tibbs of Shadow Springs Farm in Level, was crowned National Reserve Grand Champion at the National Charolais Show in Fort Worth, Texas on January 31, 2009.
Formally known as SSF Cork’s 5J White Squall ET, “Squall” won his class by beating seven other bulls from across the country. He then went on to win his division, beating out three other class winners. Out of all of the division winners, he was selected to be the National Reserve Grand Champion Bull. The Grand Champion bull that beat him was from Saskatchewan, Canada.
In naming the March 2007 bull Reserve Grand Champion, Judge Greg Walthall noted Squall’s smooth muscle pattern, correctness, and how athletically the 1870-pound bull walked around the tanbark.
“Having a national champion bull from Maryland would be newsworthy by itself, but having one from right here in Harford County is a huge deal for our livestock industry,” stated C. John Sullivan, III, Deputy Chief of Staff for Agriculture.
County Executive David R. Craig remarked, “This is yet another feather in Harford County’s cap in the competitive world of livestock showing. We congratulate the Tibbs family for this honor.”
Squall was previously selected as Supreme Champion Bull at the Maryland State Fair, Supreme Champion Bull at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition, and Grand Champion Charolais Bull at the Eastern National Livestock Show. This highest honor of being national champion culminates Squall’s career in the show ring. He has now returned home to Shadow Springs Farm on Old Level Road.
Bob Tibbs is a former president of the Harford County Farm Bureau, and currently serves on the Harford County Economic Development Agricultural Advisory Board. For more information on agriculture in Harford County, log on to www.harfordfarms.com.