On the June 18-22 week, 10 year-old Clay Wilking of Isanti earned two high-ranking awards at the American Lowline Junior Association National Show held on the SDSU campus in Brookings, S.D.
Clay’s heifer, “JWJ Pickles,” was chosen Grand Champion Fullblood Heifer, as well as Grand Champion bred and owned heifer (meaning that he owned the mother cow when it was bred and raised this heifer).
Clay’s bull, “JWJ Traveling Joe,” was chosen as Reserve Champion Fullblood Bull. All bulls at the show had to be bred and owned to be exhibited by the juniors. Clay won two belt buckles, trophy plaques, ribbons and other items.
Clay is 10 years-old and just finished fourth grade at Isanti Intermediate School. Clay, as well as his 6 year-old sister, Reese, have been showing Lowline Cattle for just over four years. Their parents are Jason and Jami Wilking, and younger brother, 19 month-old Cullen, travels along with the family.
Each June, the Wilkings traveled to the American Lowline National Show and both kids have participated. Locations included Muscatine, Iowa; Laramie, Wyo.; and Stillwater, Okla., making the Brookings trip the closest.
Clay has also shown at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, as well as at the Iowa State Fair. He also participates in Isanti County 4-H and intends to bring his heifer to the County Fair. His bull was sold this week and is headed down to Worthington.