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Senior ends 10 years of stock shows with two grand champions (w/video)

By Elena Watts
Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

Doss Torrez, 18, of Nordheim, brushes his 1-year-old crossbred steer, Chance, before the Yorktown Stock Show. Torrez won grand champion for steer and for lambs at the Yorktown Stock Show.

YORKTOWN - Doss Torrez, 18, of Nordheim, concluded 10 years of raising and showing animals at stock shows with two grand champions this year.

The Yorktown High School senior won with his steer, Chance, and his lamb, Thunder, at the Yorktown Stock Show on Friday.

He also won showmanship awards for both animals.

Torrez visited with The Victoria Advocate about his experiences at the auction Saturday.

Past stock shows

"My mother introduced me to livestock shows when I was in the third grade," Torrez said. "She showed animals in high school."

Torrez has always showed lambs and steers. Last year, he won grand champion with his steer and reserve grand champion with his lamb.

The earnings

"I know I've made more than $30,000 since I started showing animals," Torrez said.

Since the first year, he has invested half his earnings in an animal for the next year and half in his college savings account.

Each year, he has purchased a better animal than the previous year.

Torrez said he plans to attend Blinn College and to transfer to Texas A&M University his sophomore year.

Routine care

The steer took more time and work than the lamb. Torrez worked with the steer one year and the lamb eight months.

"I woke about 6 a.m. and fed them grain and hay before school," Torrez said. "And then, I fed them every day after school."

Torrez spent a lot of time with the animals during the summer, so they were calm by the time he started school.

Two to three hours a day, he washed them and practiced showing them.

The Torrezes have a show ring on their 40-acre property in Nordheim.

"My little sister, Quensey, and I acted like we were judges," Torrez said. "I want the judge to see the animal more than me in the ring."

When school started, Torrez practiced with his animals once or twice a week and on weekends.

Challenges

Making time for everything was a challenge when school and sports started. Torrez plays basketball, baseball and football.

"We always help each other," he said. "Quensey feeds my animals when I'm at an away game, and my mother feeds our animals when we're both gone."

Rewards

"We get a lot of family time showing animals year-round," Torrez said. "It takes our whole family to be good, and we all put in the work."

The family had to communicate about the care of the animals, he said.

Torrez also enjoyed the feeling when he won.

"It's still worth the effort when I don't win - I know I can't win everything," he said. "It comes down to the judge's opinion."

Lessons

The experience has taught Torrez that everyone has good and bad years.

"It takes a lot of hard work to be good," he said. "Hard work pays off."

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