by Coy Holcombe.
Thanks to Zach Tappan for this information:
The Eustace FFA chapter works their way to the top at the Ft. Worth Livestock Show this past week. The Ft. Worth Livestock Show is the 2nd largest livestock show in the Nation with well over 10,000 Junior Show entries. Not only did the members of the Eustace FFA compete in the Jr. Beef Heifer show we also had a member compete in the Livestock Show’s Superintendent Beef Heifer Challenge. The challenge is composed of a test which consists of 50 questions based on twelve Extension Publications relative to General Management, Genetics and Selection, Health, Nutrition, Pasture–Range–Forage and Reproduction and Calving. Upon scoring of the tests. The top scoring contestants in The Educational Information Challenge will then present a two minute Sales Talk to three industry judges to explain "WHY and HOW the breed of heifer they are exhibiting should be used by a commercial beef producer". Sales Talk presentations were scored with a maximum of 50 points, 10 points based on presentation and 40 points based on content. The scores of the three judges was averaged to establish the final Sales Talk score for each contestant. There is a maximum of 75 contestants in the contest with 65 competing. Our very own Mallory Mobly placed 1st out of these competitors winning a $12,000 scholarship. Also, awarded to Mallory was a $1,000 scholarship through the Commercial Heifer committee of the Ft. Worth Livestock Show. As a total of educational winnings Mallory has attained a total of $18,500 from the Ft. Worth Livestock Show directly associated to exhibiting heifers at the Ft. Worth Livestock Show.
In addition to this large feat. Chad Tindel entered a competition to receive a donated Charolais Heifer from the Charolais Cattle Association. Chad had to submit an essay and application to the association for consideration. After their consideration, Chad was chosen as a recipient of a “FREE” heifer donated by a premiere breeder of Charolais cattle.
Exhibiting cattle in class were Mallory Mobly, Ethan Grimes, Brady Tindel, Cory Whatley, Lane Smith, Billy Crocker, Samantha Crocker, and Chad Tindel. Their placings are as follows.
Mallory Mobly – 3rd place over all showman in the Simmental Cattle Breed
8th out of 14 in class
Ethan Grimes – 4th out of 14 in class
Brady Tindel – 3rd out of 26 in class
Cory Whatley – 11th out of 37 in class
Lane Smith – 19th out of 37 in class
Billy Crocker – 22nd out of 37 in class
Samantha Crocker – 9th out of 20 in class
Chad Tindel – 6th out of 13 in class