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Cattle take to the show ring Thursday

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Jaylee Parker, center, gets a hug from Hannah Kinsolving as friends and family congratulate Parker on winning grand champion of the market beef show Thursday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Parker and Kinsolving are both members of Lea County 4-H. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Beef was the word of the day Thursday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair as exhibitors took their cattle to the show ring.

FFA and 4-H members and their families from across the state bathed and groomed their cattle for several shows throughout the day.

Kylie Patterson, judge for the New Mexico Born and Raised contest, is studying for a master’s degree in animal science and advises the livestock judging team at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She said the responsibilities of raising and showing livestock pay off for the youth involved.

“It’s amazing the difference just in terms of drive that kids who have gone through 4-H and FFA have versus those who haven’t,” she said.

“I think the junior livestock industry does an exceptional job just in terms of cultivating hard workers, leaders, go-getters — kids that you know have the kind of grit and determination it takes to make something of yourself in this world,” she said.

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Jaylee Parker of Eunice, a member of Monument 4-H Club in Lea County, said she worked with her steer, Speed, about four hours ever day for the last nine months. They won grand champion of the market steer show after placing first in their class of the exotic division.

The ninth-grader has been showing livestock for about four years, her mother, Julie, said.

“It feels amazing,” Jaylee said as friends and family surrounded and congratulated her and admired the belt buckle and trophy she earned.

On Friday, wool will be the word of the day with the natural fibers and wool lead judging. Contestants will be judged on their wool attire, both handmade and ready made, in two categories. The contest starts at 5 p.m. in the sales arena.

The grounds open at 4 p.m. with arts activities in the arts and crafts building until 9 p.m. and the carnival until 11 p.m.

Saturday, the junior livestock sale starts at 9 a.m. The grounds otherwise open at noon with arts activities in the arts and crafts building until 9 p.m. The commercial building is open until 11 p.m. and the carnival runs until midnight.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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