The 2021 Calf Scramble Progress Show was held Nov. 6 – 7 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham, Texas. More than 220 Texas 4-H and FFA students competed with their fellow Calf Scramble winners in the fall event in preparation for the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Each of these participants caught a calf during the 2021 Calf Scramble and used their $1,750 certificate to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer or market steer.
16-year-old Madison Lugo used her certificate to purchase a market steer. “It has always been my dream to raise one,” she said. While preparing for the Calf Scramble Progress Show, Madison made minor changes, like updating her steer’s feeding program, that led to major results. Madison and her steer, Pecos, won second place in their class.
She used her time at the Progress Show to practice her showmanship skills and she looks forward to competing at the 2022 Houston Livestock Show. “I am so excited about being able to show at the world's biggest livestock show! I never thought that I would be able to do that. I am thankful that the Calf Scramble made this possible. Everyone on the Houston Livestock Calf Scramble Committee has been so kind to me. This has been such a great experience! This is my first large animal project, so I'm grateful to have found a good breeder that continues to work with me. I have learned so much in the past few months.”
17-year-old Jenna Schulz decided to purchase a heifer with her Calf Scramble certificate. “I chose to raise a heifer because that's what I've always raised and what I am most familiar with,” she said. Jenna started participating in the Rodeo’s Calf Scramble program because of her family’s involvement. “My brother did calf scramble as well as my grandpa who caught many, many years ago. I thought that it would be a super fun and rewarding experience to be a part of and be involved with.”
Jenna was looking forward to the Progress Show to see how everyone’s projects had been developing throughout the year and she is ready to compete in Houston in 2022. “I'm excited to get there and finally show her. I am also super excited for the scramble sign we have to make. I have tons of awesome ideas and I'm super excited to start making it.”
The 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. Visit the Rodeo to see their exhibits on display.
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Photo Credit: Madison Lugo, Katherine and Jenna Schultz