Thu., 10:26am: Case closed on tainted county fair steer

JEFFERSON The Ohio Department of Agriculture closed the case of a 1,225-pound black angus steer that it disqualified and stripped of all earnings, after winning best of show in the Ashtabula County Fair last year, the Star Beacon newspaper reported this morning.

The steer sold to Lisko Amusements of Lowellville for $2.40 per pound –about $3,000. A urine sample from the steer later tested positive for a banned tranquilizer.

Instead of excepting reimbursement, Lisko donated the money to educational programs for market animal exhibitors. The steer was determined safe for human consumption.

The agriculture department did not determine who gave the tranquilizer to the steer and the department said it would issue no further sanctions, the Star Beacon reported.