Juul exhibits Grand Champion Junior Market Goat at NWSS
Early mornings, long days and late nights define Deleanna Juul’s life. She gets up early in the morning before school to feed and take care of her goats, goes to school, then goes to basketball practice. When she gets home, she goes to the barn where she exercises, feeds and takes care of her goats. Then it’s on to homework, and finally bed.
Even though it makes for long days, all of her hard work paid off at the National Western Stock Show, where’s Juul’s goat Chico was named the Grand Champion.
“It took a lot of hard work to win. I was up early in the mornings, up late at nights, and worked in time with my goats every day between basketball, FFA and 4-H. When I got home from practice, I would be working in the barn when it was cold. When we had 18-inches of snow, I had to dig that out so the goats could be exercised. I worked with them on Christmas and holidays. When we clipped, I had a game, so I had to do it around that. It took a lot of dedication,” said Juul.
This is the pattern Juul has been following since basketball started. However, winning with Chico was a bit of a surprise for Juul. She said, “I didn’t think he was going to do very well. He was good, but he was little and not my best goat. Chico surprised me. I mean I knew he was good, but I didn’t think he was that good. He had a grove down his top and was wide, but he surprised us all.”
After she clipped him, she had to find a way to keep him warm, because they do not have a heated barn. “We got a new trailer this year, and we have those little space heaters so we put blankets on him, bedded him in deep straw, and used the heaters to keep him warm. We would take him out to exercise and feed him,” she said.
The formula worked. Juul was the only Colorado student who had a champion or reserve champion junior market animal at the NWSS.
“I was astounded by the sale. I had never been in it before. When we went to meet the buyers before the sale, I was nervous. But during the sale, they were all clapping for me, and it made my feel really good. Even though it’s in our state, there aren’t a lot of kids from Colorado who make it. During the sale I was looking around for my parents, and then I found them. The buyers were bidding higher and higher, and my dad’s face lit up and he was smiling and clapping. My brother had this big grin on his face as well,” she said.
Juul picked out her goats for the NWSS several months ago, and thought she had something special. “I look for one that has good structure and some natural muscle. They are really young when I pick them. I also want eye appeal, because the judge looks at that. Chico had a big spot on him, and I liked it, even though most people didn’t. It worked out,” she said.
Her love for goats started when she was eight, when her older sister decided to get a goat to show. “I thought they looked cute, kinda like dogs, so I thought I would try it. I loved it. Then I decided I wanted to raise some, and that’s how I started my herd,” she said.
Juul now has a herd of 17 does that are due to start kidding in the next few weeks. “When I decided I wanted to sell to other students, I knew I wasn’t going to sell them bad ones. I wanted them to feel what I feel when I do well. It’s fun to see the genetics and see what they can do with them,” Juul said.
She is now a junior in high school, and plans to attend college and then go to veterinary school. “That’s been my plan every since I was little. I would really like to be a large animal vet, and work on a ranch or dairy operation. It would be really cool to work with embryo transfer and everything. I want to do large animals because I think I would have a lot more fun doing that,” she said.
Juul sold her champion market goat during the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions for $26,000. The money is all being put away towards college.
“Everyone asks me if I am going to spend it, and I say you know what? It sounds fun and I want to, but college is more important to me,” she said.
Juul attributes her win to her hard working attitude, and advises other showmen to be diligent as well.
“Work hard, do not cheat and do that right thing. It’s gonna pay off. Showing is a passion of mine. It has taught me so many things. It’s taught me to work hard and have dedication. I think it teaches me to have morals and values. I hope that everyone that wants to win sees that they need to work hard. When you work hard and win, you know you deserve it,” Juul said.
Juul was not the only Colorado student to compete at the stock show. A total of 235 entries placed across the different species. Many of the students showed multiple animals, and many more students competed who did not place. Twenty Wyoming entries also competed.
The NWSS is the only major stock show that also offers an auction. Of the hundreds of animals shown, only the top 90-100 will make the sale, across all breeds. For each animal that is sold, 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to the National Western Scholarship Trust, which gives financial aid to students in college. This year, 74 scholarships were awarded.
According to the NWSS, “The National Western Stock Show and the Junior Auction continue to encourage today’s youth to seek a future in agriculture, and to further their education.”
The Auction of Junior Livestock Champions saw a large increase in prices this year, and a record of $611,000 was raised. The previous record was set in 2006, with a total of $592,707, according to NWSS records. A total of 98 animals were sold.
The high seller of the night was the grand champion market steer, who brought $106,000 and was bought by Ames Construction. The steer, shown by Baylor Bonhon of Newcastle, Okla., was the second highest selling animal in the history of the auction. Last year’s champion sold for $50,000.
The reserve champion market steer was shown by Gracie Russel of Prescott, Iowa. This steer sold for $45,000.
The grand champion market goat, exhibited by Juul was sold for $26,000, up from $11,000 last year. The reserve champion was shown by Hunter Huval of Breaux Bridge, La., and brought $12,000.
The grand champion hog, shown by Taylor Walker of Spring Branch, Texas, was sold for $25,000, up from $11,000 last year. The reserve champion, exhibited by Clay Combs of Lometa, Texas, sold for $15,000.
The grand champion lamb brought $24,000, and was up from $15,000 last year. The lamb was shown by Luke Davis of Guthrie, Okla. The reserve champion lamb was exhibited by Shaylyn Price of Edgewood, N.M., who sold her lamb for $21,000.
A total of 21 Colorado exhibitors made the sale. There were also two students from Wyoming who sold animals during the auction.
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