by Jamie Smylie
The hard work our kids have put into this show season has been incredible! Since the state fair was canceled this year, we entered the virtual show that was offered. After we entered, there was another opportunity to enter a livestock expo in Artesia.
Our kids rose up and showed their hearts out. We received Grand Champion Angus with a steer, donated by Dr. Truman of Raton NM, in the Virtual and the live show. Kaia received her first breed banner after showing cattle for the past six years. Kaia was also blessed to show a Limousine Steer from Runyan Cattle, who was Reserve Champion at our county expo, Reserve Champion limousine at the virtual, and Artesia livestock Expo.
To follow our veteran steer shower, we had two first time steer showers, Faith Marler and "S." They each showed one steer and did wonderfully. They showed our homegrown steers, a red and white shorthorn, and a yellow and white cross. "S" had shown a heifer last year in preparation to show steers. She won First-year feeder at the county expo, was 2nd place shorthorn, and then reserve champion NM bred shorthorn. Faith did so well showing her first steer. She took over this steer from another kid that wanted to focus on school and get a part-time job. Faith has a stubborn steer, and he keeps being a pain, but he is showing her that hard work and perseverance pay off. She placed 2nd in his cross-class and was reserve NM bred cross.
Our last show for the year will be the first week of October. We plan on showing four steers and four pigs at the Alien City Showdown, which is replacing the Eastern NM State Fair in Roswell for the year. I’m looking forward to seeing how we end our show year.