Lumberton’s FFA Show Team, a group of dedicated young livestock growers, brought their animals for judging to the Texas Rice Festival Livestock Show in Winnie last weekend.
Preston Jones, 16, a junior at Lumberton High School, placed sixth with his heifer Sassy in his division of overall marketability and fitness of his young cow.
Mom Tracy Turnage-Jones contacted the Ledger to say she was proud of Preston’s Friday “placing of 6th out of 18 heifers in competition.”
Preston got Sassy in July and proceeded to feed her twice a day, walk her, and bath her in preparation for the festival show, according to Tracy.
The Texas Rice Festival Show was the biggest Lumberton FFA has competed to date, although the final show and auction of their animals will be in Beaumont in March.
“One of the AgTeachers said that Winnie is bigger than the Beaumont Show and that Preston will do better in that one,” she said, adding that by then heifer should be larger and fleshed out.
Sassy is a Braford, which is a Brahman–Hereford cross typically found in Southeast Texas and Southern Louisiana.
Brafords are known to grow well in warm lowland climates which is great for Preston who Tracy says, is good at raising livestock as Sassy “did very well for him.”