COFFEYVILLE — Showing livestock comes naturally for a Central Heights High School freshman.
Cheyenne Higbie added to her list of achievements by taking the reserve grand champion junior heifer title Wednesday at the 2017 Inter-State Fair’s junior heifer show in Coffeyville, according to a news release.
Higbie, 14, showed her Simmental heifer, named Black Ice, who also won champion Simmental, the release said. Black Ice, who was born in February 2016, weighs about 1,300 pounds and was aptly named because when she was born, she had “this style to her,” Higbie said. “She was always black, never had a tint of brown, and she was smooth like ice.”
Higbie said Black Ice has a unique personality as the heifer will attempt to eat human food and drink her Gatorade.
“She’s very smart, and sometimes she thinks she’s a person,” Higbie said.
Black Ice also loves to take off her halter, Higbie said.
“She gets loose and will be in the barn, but she won’t go anywhere,” Higbie said.
Higbie learned the heifer needs a neck rope. She said with the neck rope on, Black Ice doesn’t try to remove her halter.
The Higbie family moved from Coffeyville to Princeton this past summer, the release said. She plans to play basketball for the Vikings, has a 4.0 grade point average, and will be a member of Future Farmers of America this fall, the release said. She is the daughter of Heath and Theresa Higbie.
Higbie loves to show cattle and participates in state, regional and national shows, she said.
Higbie said she would like to be involved in the cattle industry, possibly as a veterinarian assistant or in embryology after high school, the release said.