A Cross Roads Junior High School student won the Henderson County Livestock Show Market Goat competition for the second straight year Wednesday morning.
Tyler Johnson, 15, competed against 97 others to earn the Grand Champion award with his entry. The youth is a member of the Horizon 4-H Club, and is the son of Kevin Johnson, who is employed as Regional Sales Manager for Merck Animal Health. He is also the son of Tracie Johnson, an aid at Cross Roads Elementary. The family lives on about eight acres of land in Athens.
Though he’s had much success to date at the livestock show, Tyler’s future plans do not necessarily include livestock when he graduates from high school.
Tyler plans to apply to attend the University of Arkansas upon graduation from high school. He also plans to later attend medical school. He is not yet sure what type of physician he will choose to be.
He is the youngest of three children, including his sister, Kinlie, 19, and his sister, Kay Lyn, 21. Both the girls have shown animals in livestock show atmospheres, and have from time-to-time been successful.
Tyler said his choice of goats over other types of livestock involves his current lifestyle.
“We are better set up for goats,” he said. “They are a good project to participate in and easy to take care of. They are also easy to find to buy.”
Tyler has also competed in the Fort Worth Livestock Show and the in the East Texas State Fair Livestock Show in Tyler. It was in the last year that his Market Goat won second place.
Mrs. Johnson said her husband was very nervous the night before this year’s competition when he learned that the goat would compete in the heavy-weight class.
“We were all happily surprised that the judge chose the Grand Champion out of the heavyweight class, because they generally are not chosen from that class,” Mr. Johnson said.
Last year’s goat that won was named Snake. This year’s goat that won was named Schmittie.
“They are named that way because many grand champs have names that start with an S,” Mrs. Johnson said.
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