By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
It was all family at the 2013 Roosevelt County Fair Replacement Dairy Heifer Show, as Dottie Tipton got to watch her grandchildren compete 40 years after competing herself.
“When I was young I showed registered Herefords,” said Tipton. “I competed myself in these same fairgrounds from 1972-1974.”
Tipton’s daughter, Dusty Looney, also has seen success at the Replacement Dairy Heifer Show, finishing as Reserve Grand Champion in 1995. But Thursday was Tipton’s granddaughter and Dusty’s daughter Daizia Looney’s time to shine as she finished first in her class with her heifer Elvira. Tipton’s grandson, Dylan Looney, placed second in the first year feeder class. Tipton said this was Dylan’s first time competing.
“This is Dylan’s first year, and this is Daizia’s fourth year with Audrey here. They grew up together,” said Tipton. She was referring to Audrey Bevrege, Daizia’s friend and fellow competitor.
Bevrege had three heifers competing at the show, which required plenty of grooming.
“We use soap and water to keep them clean and bluing to keep the white spots white,” said Bevrege, as she pet her heifer.
Competitor Taylee Rippee, 12, uses other items to clean her heifer.
“I wash her using shampoo,” said Rippee.
Last year’s Reserve Grand Champion Vince Gardner, 14, agrees that it is not easy keeping up with a heifer, especially large ones like his. She is affectionately named “Bigun.”
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” said Gardner. “You have to get up every day and feed them and water them.”
Rippee likes the plus side, however.
“I like that I get to show people all of my hard work,” said Rippee. She said her heifer likes to do funny stuff sometimes.
“Sometimes she headbutts me. She can pick me up too,” Rippee said with a giggle.
Gardner hopes to be front and center for the Livestock Sale as he shoots for his ultimate goal.
“I want to be the Grand Champ,” said Gardner.