Name:  Clayton Locke
Family:  Parents, Jason and Charla Locke, brothers, Cameron, Connor and twin-brother, Cooper
4-H group:  Stockton Seekers, leaders, Josh and Donna Goede

How are you involved in agriculture?
“I show cows during the summer and work cows with my dad,” Clayton said. There were eight cows in Clayton and his brothers’ show string this year, and his preference is for Red Angus. This year, at the Ozark Empire Fair, Clayton won Reserve Grand Champion Bull in the Red Angus division. “I also feed with dad, we have our own cattle, our ranch is called JC5 Cattle. We have to check the cows quite a bit when they’re calving, especially if it’s snowing or pouring, so they don’t die of frostbite or something.”

What do you want to do when you grow up?
“Be a farmer,” Clayton said.

Why Red Angus?
“My first calf I showed was red. My Red Angus bull is very calm, and he is deep-bodied.”

Who is your role model?
“Dad,” Clayton said with a grin.

How do you select your calves from the herd, and decide which ones you’ll show?
“Well, my favorite part of farming is going out and finding the baby calves in the pasture. We look at the calves and pick the ones based on what we think they’ll look like in the next few months. We look at what their birth weights were and when they were born and if they’ve been growing good.”

By OFN Staff


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