ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
It's the same approach Lapel junior Garrett Lowes takes. This year, Lowes brought his Angus steer Big Al to the fair and won reserve grand champion. The steer was born in March 2012 and was named after owner Allen Carr.
Lowes said he enjoyed reaping the benefits of months of work with Big Al on Thursday. Every day this summer, Lowes woke up early, walked the steer, fed him, brushed him and walked him again at night. Lowes said he was very proud to get a trophy and a ribbon.
"It's a full-time job. You can't skip a day, even if you don't feel like it. It's one of those things that, if you're not dedicated, your livestock won't do well," he said.
Lowes simply tried to enjoy the time with his bovine friend while he had it. They ended on a win, and that's all he wanted.
"I'm getting older and more mature, and I'm learning to handle it like an adult. You get attached, but that's just part of it. You eventually need to let them go. And we had a good year," Lowes said. "I'll probably lead him out to the truck, pet him and tell him 'bye.' And that's that."
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