Normally Read said they would have six to eight goats on feed. But this year, since Dayne graduated in 2012, the Read household only had three show goats, one for each of the major shows – Fort Worth, San Antonio (this week) and Houston. Now it’s down to two on feed and two more major shows ahead for Grant.
The Junior Wether Goat Show, judged by Chad Coburn of Sterling City, Texas, drew a record number of 1,424 entries, according to organizers. Overall, the 2013 Stock Show hosted nearly 10,000 youth exhibitors from across Texas, competing for prizes, $107,445 in premiums and substantially more in scholarships.
Many Palo Pinto County students worked hard to ready their animals for the Fort Worth show, which ended with Saturday’s big sale. Some other local youth left with sums of money.
Mineral Wells High School senior Miriam Garcia took third place in the lightweight American Cross class with her steer that won breed champion in the Palo Pinto County show last month.
In the local premium auction, Garcia’s steer sold for $500, which didn’t come near the floor price for cattle. But in Fort Worth, he sold for $9.50 per pound to Fort Worth Roto-Rooter Services. This gave Miriam $10,700, which her mother, Aurora Garcia, said she will use for college.
Miriam’s brother, Junior Garcia, who’s a senior studying agricultural sciences at Tarleton State University, helped her pick the steer from Pott’s Cattle Company, in Wichita Falls. He also helped coach his sister throughout the whole process, according to their mother.
Lilly Motley, representing Santo 4H, won eighth place with her steer, “X-Man,” in the heavyweight European Cross/exotic class. Motley and X-Man had stiff competition, competing in the same class as the show’s overall reserve and grand champion steers.
X-Man brought the Santo eighth grader $10 per pound at auction. The heavyweight steer weighed 1,328 pounds. Her mother, Amber Motley, said the income will go into her daughter’s college fund and to purchase future animals.
Motley kept busy at the Fort Worth Stock Show; she also showed a junior wether goat and placed second in her class, according to her grandmother, Mary Motley.
Lilly and her brother, Grant Motley, left Monday night with their parents bound for the junior wether goat show at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The siblings will also show steers in San Antonio.