Youth Livestock Shows - From the Ground Up

Show officials say a number of kids in their county weren’t set up to show ring animals, but they could raise commercial heifers. The first year there 17 pairs of heifers in the show, and this year it’s grown to 43 pairs.

“When you’re out in the middle of the night pulling sheep and calves that I guess that I guess it develops you as, it gives you a different outlook on life, where you used to life throwing you curves.”
Matthew Corn told us you learn to expect the unexpected.

“This particular set of heifers here, the first day we got them we were loading them up on the trailer and I was following them up the chute to shut the gate on ‘em, and before I knew it they came around and turned around and came back out and ran, all three of them ran me over.”

“One year, my best heifer out of the group, and the two that matched together, one of them got pregnant, so I ended up having to haul her back home and so making sure they don’t jump fences, they don’t get out, they stay where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be at all times is difficult.”

Matthew says the commercial heifer project is good for both the sellers and the buyers.

“The buyers, they get really good quality heifers. Every year, what I do, I end up buying three or four different heifers at one time so I can take the two that I want, that match best to me to the show, and keep the other two for myself and build on my herd.”

In addition to raising the heifers, show participants are judged on record keeping and how well they do in an interview.

“I like designing the record book, and I love taking the pictures of the heifers.”

All three of these kids are planning on staying involved in agriculture, but Carlye Dozier’s plans were a little surprising.

“I’ve always been fascinated with law enforcement and agriculture, so I’m going to kind of throw them together and I want to be in the FBI Agri-Terrorism branch.”

I’m Ashley Batey, looking at the future of Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.

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