Adam Brown chose “Sara” for her characteristics.
The 17-month-old dairy heifer had the most potential, especially with her straight top and depth of rib, he said.
“It’s the same as every year,” Brown said.
The selection was key in earning Sara a Grand Champion banner and $75 for Brown Wednesday in the dairy heifer contest.
Brown, who has participated in competitions for the past eight years, said though his family is in the dairy business, he has other plans.
“I plan to ranch,” Brown said.
Brown, who plays baseball for Goddard, also had family members at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair.
His father, Robert, said he was happy for his son.
“It felt great,” Robert Brown said. “He worked very hard. Adam’s grown up on dairy. Our family’s been involved all our lives. All four kids have shown.”
His mother, Lori, said Brown selected Sara himself.
“He was 25th in the nation in judging in Wisconsin,” Lori said. “We’re really proud of him.”
Andrew Vaz, 18, a graduate of Goddard High, took Reserve Grand Champion with “Lucky 7s.”
Vaz, whose family owns Vaz Dairy east of Roswell, said he wanted to make a good showing this year.
“This is my last show,” Vaz said. “I’m trying to go out with a bang. I’m glad I succeeded.”
Vaz said he’s enjoyed being around friends and family in competitions during the past nine years.
He has enjoyed, “trying to be competitive and trying to have fun at the same time,” he said.
Vaz will attend Modesto Junior College in California in the fall, where he will study dairy science and management. He hopes to own his own dairy in the future.