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Hard work pays off for Goliad junior

By Bianca Montes
March 1, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.

Bethany Salziger, 17, of Goliad, sells her heifers at the heifer sale at the Victoria Livestock Show on Saturday afternoon. Salziger plays basketball, volleyball and runs track in addition to raising animals.

In a muffled, quick voice, the auctioneer hollered out dollar amounts that were quickly raised with the yelps of the two men recognizing bids in front of the crowd.

A couple in the stands were not worried about raising up the price. They already knew the quality of the two Angus Cross heifers on the block.

They were the breeders.

"We knew they would make good mama cows," Marilyn Hamilton, of Goliad, said. "It's also for a good cause, for these children to have money for college."

The sale was the biggest to date for Bethany Salziger - $2,900.

The Goliad High School junior said she felt gratified after all of her hard work.

"It's a lot," she said about her work with the Westwood 4-H Club - not to mention her roles in volleyball, basketball and track. "Although I'm very involved in other things, I always remember my responsibilities with my heifers."

Salziger said working with her animals daily is a must or else, she said, "they won't trust me. You have to go out there every day, keep feeding them and never miss them."

Salziger said the money she raises through showing and auctioning off her animals will help her attend the University of Texas at San Antonio - her school of choice - once she graduates.

She wants to become a pediatric nurse.

"I just want to help people," she said.

Next year will be Salziger's last time to compete at the Victoria Livestock Show, and she said her plan is to purchase and raise similar heifers. And although she considers herself a true country girl - she hunts, fishes and camps - she said the hardest part of working in livestock is selling the animals.

"You spend so much time with them," she said. "And then, they're gone.



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