Courteney Walker of Goddard FFA received Grand Champion in the steer competition Thursday. Her steer, Jack, weighed in at 1,475 pounds and came in first during the Class 3 competition.
The 16-year-old is an old hand on the show circuit. She has been competing in county and state fairs since she was in third grade. Courtney has won four steer competitions and six in the area of goats, sheep and breeding heifers.
The daughter of Craig and Antanya Walker, Courteney has not become jaded because of her previous successes. “I love it. No matter how many times you do it, it never gets old. While others are out having fun, I’m in the barn. It’s nice to know all that hard work has paid off.”
The Reserve Grand Champion winner was Halle Munson of the Hagerman Valley Rascals. Her steer took first in the Class 1 competition. The daughter of Angel and Cody Munson said this was her first year competing.
The steer show had 21 entries in four separate classes. The winner in the classes 2 and 4 was Kemp Kuykendall of Goddard FFA.
Nathan Carr, an extension agent in Agriculture at Texas A&M University, judged both the steer and the heifer competitions. He told the Daily Record what he was looking for in beeves. Attributes that make a prizewinner include power, balance, bone structure and the apparent ratio between fat and muscle.