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TRACY DENNY Iam a 3rd generation rancher on my family’s 3L Ranch in Detroit, Texas. Not only do I help with the day-today chores, but I am also employed by the ranch for my Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Prep Class. I plan on majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis on Ranch Management and Genetics when I TOP LEFT: Trey and “Turbo”, his Grand Champion Scramble Steer, at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show. At the same show the year before, Trey got trampled by calves while doing the calf scramble, so he ended up receiving a Hard Luck scramble certifi cate to buy a steer or heifer. He took his Houston Calf Scramble certifi cate and purchased Turbo, who really did turn out to be a Hard Luck steer because he broke his jaw in his pen after arriving home. Later, his rumen compartment of his stomach shut down three times, and he almost died several times. After all this, Turbo went on to win Grand or Reserve Champion at 37 different shows across Texas, including the 2015 Houston Progress Show and the 2016 Houston Calf Scramble Show. While in Houston in 2016, Turbo also ma d e the Premium Market Sale and sold for $14,000! Trey and Turbo had a Facebook page with followers from all over the United States who were cheering them on. They appeared on Houston TV and radio doing interviews while showing in 2016. TOP RIGHT: Paying attention to every detail before entering the show ring is one of Trey’s priorities. The American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) welcomes all youth, and all breeds of cattle into its youth cattle feeding program, the Steer Profitability Competition (SPC). Deadline for entry is September 15. Visit juniorsimmental.org or email ajsa@simmgene.com for more information. SUMMER 2017 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 17


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