Junior Livestock sale nets area youth thousands

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor

The Pinedo clan is a competitive bunch, first in the show ring, then at the Roosevelt County Junior Livestock sale.

This year was no different as Portales High School FFA student Joey Pinedo took grand champion dairy heifer for the second year in a row, following a legacy left by her brother, Lynn Pinedo, and others.

“The Pinedos will be here for awhile,” Joey promised.

Joey’s cousin Chelsea Pinedo, who was busy tying bows on a buyer’s appreciation basket Saturday, said it wouldn’t end with Joey.

“As soon as she’s done, we’ll probably get another cousin down here from Arizona,” she said.

While competitive in the ring, Joey, a veteran of five years, quickly offered advice for the younger set.

“For the sale we glitter ’em up and make ’em look real cute,” Joey said.

She said while selection of the right animal is crucial, dedication can make the difference.

“My advice is to work hard and show your butt off,” Joey said.

Shanna Anthony had a good day at the sale, with one of her steers selling for $3,000.

“I come to this to have fun,” Anthony said. “We’re not real serious.”

After she had shown her first two classes this week, she knew she would be able to put any of her animals in the Roosevelt County sale.

After that, the Elida sophomore said, she was able to relax and just have fun at the fair.

Besides teaching her steers to lead, she said there’s a lot of grooming involved for the animals, which gets pretty tedious.

“It’s (the sale) a good experience for the little kids to get to know people, socialize and learn responsibility,” Anthony said.

Mikeala Cone, showing and making the sale in her first year, wasn’t as cool as Anthony. She admitted she was really nervous.
Evidently no one noticed — her steer, first in his class, brought $5,000.

The salesmanship effort of the day went to Laneith Veo of Elida, who threw in an Australian shepherd puppy as a package deal with his lamb. He expertly set the lamb up in the ring while his assistant, little Sadei Chenault, held the puppy up to the crowd. The effort netted $2,400.

The Junior Livestock sale netted a total of $144,250 in its first year to be held in the morning instead of the evening. That total is up about $14,000 from last year, according to sale secretary Jana Roberts.

“It seems like we had more energy (in the morning),” Roberts said.

Brooke Reed of Floyd netted the best sale of the day with $6,250 for her dairy heifer, while Cayli Sanders’ grand champion steer sold for $6,200.