As the youngest of six children at Boyert's Greenhouse and Far, 18-year-old Clayton Boyert is raising six heifers and nine pigs, while taking care of 15 additional cows with hopes of building a future in the cattle industry. He led his shorthorn heifer to win the championship at the National Junior Shorthorn Competition in Des Moines, Iowa, this summer.
I was 5 when I got my first calf, and she was about 5 months old. Her name was Allison, and we were both small. The first time we went to that show ring at the Medina County Fair I could just remember dragging that heifer around trying to get her to do what I wanted. It's just awesome to see them go from babies to big heifers, and then eventually turn them out onto your pasture and raising calves out of them. My brothers and I are trying to build up our cattle program. ... We'll wake up around 6 a.m. every day. ... One of us will get the show heifers inside while the other starts feeding the animals. Once they get done eating, we'll start washing them around 7:30 and we'll finish around noon. Around 5 p.m., we'll go back to the cattle and do the same thing we did in the morning. We'll get everything done around 9 or 10 p.m. — as told to James Bigley II