Jessica Burson, 19, won Grand Champion heifer at the Chaves County Fair on Thursday. Earlier this week, Burson received Grand Champion in the lamb competition. Burson is the daughter of Cody and Cheri Burson. Jessica is a member of Goddard FFA and Farm Buddies 4H.
She credits her interest in Lowline heifers to her friend Courteney Walker, who took Grand Champion steer, after Jessica and the Walker family attended a show in Houston. “They are like a second family to me.”
Jessica said she was excited to have won this show, her first heifer competition. She plans to show her prize-winning Lowline Angus heifer, Lucy, in future competitions.
The heifer show had a total of nine entries, in two different categories, Hereford heifers and Lowline heifers, with Lowline heifers broken down into Classes 3 and 4. Justin Armstrong won the Hereford competition. Burson won Class 3. Walker won in Class 4.
Chaves County Beef Superintendent Benny Wooten explained the importance of the beef/breeding heifers. “What you are looking at here is the final product, the USDA Prime and USDA Choice. These animals are between 18 to 20 months old.
“These kids have owned the animals for about a year and raised them on their own. It is quite an achievement.”