Winning once could be considered luck. Twice, a run of having the right calves under the right judges. When Bailey Buck of Madill, Oklahoma ended her showing career with nine National titles under her belt (seven of which were Grand Champions), it was clear that she was the common denominator. Bailey’s mom Brenda reflected on Bailey’s first National Jr. Maine-Anjou Show, “She was six and showing her steer “Scooby.” I was sitting in the stands videotaping the show. She spotted me, dropped her show stick and waved proudly at the camera!” From then on, Bailey has made her home in the show ring. Just 15 years later, Bailey would exit her last Junior National show ring in Grand Island, Nebraska having just shown not only the Grand Champion Polled Female, but the Reserve Champion Horned Female at the 2015 Junior National Hereford Expo.
Bailey’s mark on the livestock industry, however, expands out farther than just the show ring. From serving as the President of the American Junior Maine-Anjou Association to being highly active in her family’s Purebred operation, Bailey’s life has revolved around agriculture. Even at Junior Nationals, she made a point to be more than just a showman. She participated in all the contest and was an overall sweepstakes winner. She found success in showmanship as well as team fitting competitions.
Showing livestock is more than a purple ribbon. Bailey Buck is a prime example of a young adult who has taken advantage of all of the opportunities provided to you through showing and raising livestock.