ROBSTOWN, Texas — The largest county livestock show in Texas kicked off this week in Nueces County. The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show hosts competitions for more than 1,400 students from third to 12th grade.
First-time competitor Kirby Patrick will be showing heifers at the NCJLS. The 9-year-old has shown pigs in the past, but this is her first year raising commercial heifers.
“They are golden certified F1 heifers," she said. "Their parents are both registered so that makes them golden certified F1 heifers.”
Kirby will also show pigs during the livestock show.
She said it’s a lot of work to raise animals for a show.
“It’s one of those things, you can’t skip a day, they need to be fed everyday," Kirby's father, C.R. said. "Every morning and every night. And there’s times they get sick, so we have to call a vet or fix them ourselves. So they learn all the ups and downs of a project.”
The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show prides children in hard work and becoming future leaders of America.
And a leader is exactly what Kirby is striving for, “you know how Barbie has a bunch of jobs? That’s what I want to do.”
Kirby will be showing heifers beginning Thursday, all animals and competitors will be at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds on Tuesday, January 14.
For more information on the livestock show, including a schedule of events, you can find that here.