Parker County 4-H member Kayden Tanner, of Millsap, captured reserve senior champion heifer on Jan. 28 in the Junior Simmental Heifer Show at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Parker County 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent Kayla Neill said even though some members are not finished showing yet, she is extremely proud of Tanner and the others competing.

“I am extremely proud of all my 4-Hers that have exhibited and will be exhibiting at the Fort Worth Livestock Show. The time, effort, responsibility and dedication that it takes to exhibit at a major livestock show is second to none,” Neill said. “Parker County 4-Hers have represented their county extremely well and I am so very proud of all our exhibitors.”

Of the 33,000 entries at the nation’s longest-running livestock show, the livestock exhibited by the more than 11,500 junior exhibitors are among the best market animals in the country.

While the livestock are impressive, one of the show’s main objectives is to support the professional and leadership development efforts offered by the 4-H and FFA programs in Texas.

Bonuses for the livestock show total $18,750 while the Agricultural Development Fund has committed more than $79,000 in additional premiums to the barrow, breeding sheep, dairy cattle, wether lambs, wether goats, youth rabbits, youth poultry and youth dairy goats since 2015. An additional $8,000 in premiums has been added in 2019 for barrows, breeding sheep, dairy cattle, wether lambs and wether goats, for a total of $106,150 in support.

“The stock show serves as a nurturing point for these future business and civic leaders,” stock show President and General Manager Brad Barnes said. “This commitment is a founding principle of the stock show and we remain humbled with the number of Texas youth who choose to exhibit in the many events at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.”

Weatherford Democrat reporter Autumn Owens contributed to this report.