The second day of the Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Livestock Show kicked off Tuesday with the breeding heifer shows.
The judging of two of the shows was done by Texas A&M University Beef Center Manager Webb Fields.
“It’s always nice when you step outside on a morning in June and it’s a little brisk, so that certainly was a welcome sign this morning,” Fields said before the judging began.
The Longhorn Heifer Grand Champion was Weatherford FFA student Lauren Sharer.
“It feels really good because my mature bull, he’s been my winner. He’s been across the state — San Antonio, Houston, Austin — but it’s nice to give my heifers a little time to shine and she’s definitely my baby. I have actually only been showing for one year and I got [my longhorn heifer] from the big scholarship show that they normally do, and I got way more addicted than I thought I was going to get,” Sharer said. “I now have five — I have two bulls and then three heifers. All we really do with longhorns is you want to keep them in their most natural state possible and then to get them ready for the show you just bathe them and brush them down, and that’s about it.”
Peaster 4-Her Addison Blue, 10, won overall grand champion breeding heifer Tuesday for the third year in a row.
“It felt amazing. This is my fifth year [showing],” Blue said. “I enjoy my animals and having a bond with people who also show.”
Blue won with her heifer Dolly and said to get ready for the show, “I wash my animals, we usually touch up their clipping job and practice a lot at home.”
Blue said she will be showing her steers Wednesday.
“Then that’s it for the week,” Blue said. “Last year I won reserve with my steer.”
Blue’s mother, Elisabeth, said all of her work has paid off.
“I’m just so proud of her,” Elisabeth said. “She puts in a lot of work and dedication, and it pays off.”
In the American heifer show, two sisters with Springtown FFA — Emma and Molly Pack — took the grand and reserve champion awards.
“It feels great, it’s awesome,” said Emma, who is a junior at Springtown High School. “There’s definitely hardships, but I love the responsibility this teaches you and overall, the outcome. it definitely tests our patience, but I think it’s a lot easier being family than it would be if it was a school basketball team because there’s that closer bond.”
Molly, who is a seventh grader in Springtown, said it “just takes a lot of practice.”
“[Molly] would rather not have anybody win in front of her other than her sister,” the girls’ cousin Madelaine Pack said. “It’s hard because both of them are very competitive and they both want the title, but we discussed long ago that it would be better to get beat by your teammate and follow behind them than get beat by a stranger.”
Emma said Madelaine was their inspiration to start showing.
“[Madelaine] started off with market goats and her senior year she showed heifers, then took a couple of years off, so then we got into it and found out it was a big deal and absolutely fell in love with it,” Emma said.
The girls’ parents, Shawna and Wade, said they are proud of their hard work.
“It’s been really good for them. They’re good girls and they work very hard — lots of hours and lots of dedication,” Shawna said. “It’s definitely an individual effort, but also a team effort.”
Wade added, “It’s making good young ladies out of them.”
Other shows that took place Tuesday, included crops and market goats.
Wednesday’s PCLIA Livestock Show competitions will include market steers, breeding lambs and ag mechanics.