Brennan Vaz, 12, is shown as he auctions his heifer Alaska during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Saturday. (Vanessa Kahin Photo)
All good things must come to an end, but the end is made all the more bearable when it comes with a $10,730 bonus.
The Eastern New Mexico State Fair had its Junior Livestock Sale Saturday. The sale is the culmination of months of early mornings and hard work. It was a chance for children and teenagers to sell the animals they have diligently cared for and presented during the fair.
Brennan Vaz, 12, of Roswell, was all smiles when he sold his heifer Alaska for $4,700. Vaz said he usually only gets around $3,000 for his heifers.
“This is pretty good,” he said, petting Alaska.
For Taylor McGuire, 15, also of Roswell, participating in the sale is a family tradition.
“It’s been in the family for a while,” said McGuire, who’s been showing animals since she was 9 years old. “My mom and dad showed (livestock).”
McGuire sold her heifer for $4,250.
The highest selling animal was Kenzee Criswell’s grand champion swine, which sold for $10,730.
The other highest selling animals included Adam Brown’s grand champion dairy heifer, which sold for $7,500, and Aubrey Brandenberger’s reserve grand champion steer, which sold for $7,398.50.
The reserve grand champion market lamb, raised by Jessica Burson, sold for $6,500. In the meat goat category, Kynzi Creighton’s brought in $3,600. Both Cavan Jones, with his grand champion broiler chickens, and Jordan Mathews, with her reserve grand champion broilers, brought in $1,000 for their chickens, sold by the pen.
Laci Kennedy’s meat rabbits earned her $500 by the pen. The highest earning baker rabbits brought in $1,200. Owned by Zachary Weber, they earned the champion title during the fair.
Cody Johnson’s best fancy rabbits earned $1,000; Wiley Miller’s reserve best commercial rabbits, $950.