Cottonwood 4-H member wins big in PennsylvaniaArtesia, NM –August27, 2021Eleven-year-old Makayla Monk has found a passion for showing dairy cattle. It all started with a 4-H project for the Eddy County Fair two years ago and has quickly turned into a year-roundlove. “Each heifer has their own personality; how can you not fall in love with them?” Makayla asks. With the help of her mentor, Mark Brindeiro, she has owned and shown Holsteins, Red and Whites and Jerseys.Last December, withher county fair earnings, Makayla purchased a fall jersey calf, Miss Franchise Colton Venice,whose lineage traces back to World Dairy Supreme Champion TJ Classic Minister Venus. Makayla and Venice hit the national spring show circuit exhibiting in Ohio and Wisconsin and placed wellat both events. While there,she tied in with Bos Dairy of Lovington, NM who has been a huge supporter of hers.Most recently, Makayla and Venice traveled to Lebanon, PA to participate in The Jersey Event. It wasone of thebiggest competitionsbefore the major fall showswith almost 350 head of jersey cattle entered. She started off the day by winning her class, edging out31 other heifersin the junior show. After a long, hot and humid afternoon, Makayla went on to win Reserve Junior Champion. Her father, James Monk, said “My wife and I are super proud of our daughter. Makayla was determined to show outside of the county fair. In less than a year, she has put in countless time and workand look at where she is at after only her 3rdnationalshow.”Mark went on to add“It goes to show you, that if you encourage and support the youth interested in agriculture, they will succeed.” Makayla and Miss Franchise Colton Venice now have their eyes set the World Dairy Expoin Madison, WIat the end of September. There they will compete not only against the best in the USA, but also Canada, Mexico and Brazil.