One tap on the haunch could mean college cash for local agriculture students.
The grand champion and reserve champion steers and heifers were selected Friday at the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair & Rodeo, sending the bovines and their young owners to today’s sale of champions.
The cattle will join the winning lambs, goats, swine and other animals — plus prize-winning baked goods — in a sale that begins at 12:30 p.m. at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton. The weeklong event will end with the rodeo beginning at 7 tonight.
Tapped as the Grand Champion Market Steer was an animal shown by Landon Boland of Sanger FFA. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer was shown by Dakota David of Pilot Point FFA.
In the competition for breeding heifers, a heifer shown by Taylor Terry of Ryan High School FFA was tapped as the Grand Champion. The animal selected as the Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Heifer was shown by McKenna Mitchell of Ponder FFA.
Winners in the cattle showmanship competitions Friday were:
Senior Showmanship Market Steer — Sage Stover, Ponder FFA.
Junior Showmanship Market Steer — Randie Kay Newton, Krum FFA.
Senior Showmanship Breeding Heifer — Hannah Graben, Denton County 4-H.
Junior Showmanship Breeding Heifer — Tyler Griffeth, Ponder FFA.