Cumby FFA Student Prepares
Steers & Heifer For Youth Market Show
by: Bobby McDonald
Cumby FFA student, Kaylee Giles, has been busy working with two steers and a beef heifer, as she anticipates the upcoming NETLA Market Show, scheduled for February 23-25th, in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Of course, a steer project is the longest and most difficult of all of the projects, with time and investment expenses, but this is nothing new for Kaylee, who has shown for the past six years in the event. "Hopefully, this will be my year to win Grand Champion," expressed Kaylee. "I've got two good steers, but you never know what the competition will be, until show day!"
"My steers are named 'Scout' and 'Wrangler' and I've named my heifer, 'June Bug.' The names kind of reflect their personalities," related Kaylee, as she went about evening chores, this past week. "We've spent a lot of time together, with all of the exercising and getting them use to the showsticks and the daily routines. I enjoy working with them and then taking them to the show and seeing just how much my work pays off!"
Like most of the other youth participating in the NETLA Show, Kaylee plans on using any money that she receives in the sale to fund other projects and to put in a college fund, that will aid her upon graduation, to pursue the course of study she chooses for a career. "With the expenses of college constantly rising, it's imperative to save early and keep adding to the fund, so that you will be able to attend college," expressed Kaylee. "My steer projects have helped me to continue to add to the fund!"
Kaylee participates in a number of other activities at Cumby High School, as she is a member of the Lady Trojan Basketball Team, and must learn the skills of scheduling a number of activities, so that she can get her animal projects tended to every day! "Sometimes I have to call on my Dad to help, when something unusual happens, but generally, you'll find me out working before and after school, to get my animals fitted, fed, and groomed," stated Kaylee. "That's part of the choices you have to make, when you decide to show an animal!"
Watch for Kaylee and her steers and heifer, as they arrive at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, and support her and her fellow competitors, at this year's NETLA Youth Market Show and Sale, February 23-25, 2012.