Adam Brown, and his Grand Champion dairy heifer at the ENMSF, Wednesday. (Julia Bergman Photo)
From 60 heifers, to 14, to 1.
An unnamed heifer shown by Goddard High student Adam Brown, 15, became the Grand Champion of the 2011 Eastern New Mexico State Fair Dairy Heifer Show, Wednesday.
There were seven different classes of heifers, which were judged based on dairy and milk production, ranging from youngest to oldest. The first- and second-place winner of each class competed for the titles of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.
Brown, who has showed since age 9, has been in possession of his heifer for around six months. A member of 4-H and Goddard FFA, Brown has always only shown heifers. He spent many hours of his days throughout the past year working with his heifer, mainly washing and walking her.
He chooses to show heifers over other animals because, “I live on a dairy and it’s fun,” he said. He also enjoys following in his father’s footsteps, who showed heifers before him.
“It builds good character and teaches them to win and lose,” Brown’s father Robert said. His mother Lori added, “It teaches them values and good work ethic.” Robert said Adam would work with the heifer a couple of times a week throughout the year, and then three to four hours every day two to three months before the start of the fair.
Goddard High student AJ Vaz, 16, won Reserve Grand Champion for his heifer Jolly.