'Like my little puppy dog': Panhandle kids discuss connection, emotions after selling cattle
SIDNEY, Neb. — Sometimes the thrill of victory can be accompanied by a mix of other complicated emotions, with some Cheyenne County 4-H beef contestants noting their sadness in seeing their cows get sold at the end of the day.
Lilee Wieser is going to be a freshman at Sidney High School and has been showing a steer at the fair for three years.
Wieser competed in Showmanship, Market, and Bred and Fed with her steer named Sirloin.
“Showmanship went well, I got third overall,” Wieser said. “She complimented me, and I didn’t get any negative comments from the judge. I think that’s pretty good.”
Wieser said competing can be pretty serious.
“You have to have a really intense face too. Sometimes it’s hard to not crack a smile.”
Wieser said her favorite part is seeing the connection she builds with her cow and competing.
“Most people get nervous before going in the pen,” Wieser said. “I just get really excited to see how well I can make eye contact, keep my steer up, place his feet right, and just see how well he’ll do.”
Wieser said she will be sad to see Sirloin get sold.
“It is very hard especially when you’re really attached to them,” Wieser said. “Mine is just like my little puppy dog. I drop the halter and it follows me anywhere, and always gives kisses.”
Wieser’s 8-year-old little brother Mitch has a steer named Buck. Mitch says his sister and his dad help him a lot with Buck.
“Sometimes he’s kind of a head-butter, but other than that he’s good.”
Mitch said although Buck can be a pain, it will still be hard seeing him get sold.
“I’m going to be really sad because we’ve been with him the whole year and you work with it every day,” Mitch said. “It pays off at the end, though, because you get money.”
Mitch plans to continue to do 4-H shows and events.
“I have a lot of friends who do 4-H and it’s fun to hang out with them.”