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Livestock lifestyle has rewards for young rancher

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Braylee Cowan shows her livestock at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN) Braylee Cowan shows her livestock at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN)
Braylee Cowan shows her livestock at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN) Braylee Cowan shows her livestock at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN)
Braylee Cowan, 14, has won thousands of dollars in scholarship money. (KTEN) Braylee Cowan, 14, has won thousands of dollars in scholarship money. (KTEN)
Braylee Cowan displays her latest prize at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN) Braylee Cowan displays her latest prize at the Fannin County Fair. (KTEN)

BONHAM, Texas -- The Fannin County Fair is underway, and one of the must-see events is the cattle show.

Livestock owners come from all over the county to compete for the top prize.

For Braylee Cowan, cattle breeding has been in her blood since she was born. Just 14 years old, Braylee has already won more than 70 awards and thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

Showing cattle takes physical and mental toughness and a humble attitude.

"If you get last in the ring, you just say, 'Hey, it wasn't my day,' and if you walk away grand champion, you still have to be grateful for that."

Sometimes Braylee has to get up at 4:30 a.m. to care for her livestock. But with all that hard work comes big rewards.

"Braylee Cowan is the winner!" the announcer said as she took the Breed Champion Heifer ribbon.

She plans to use the money to pay for college with the goal of a career as a feed nutritionist, inspiring the next generation to get in the cattle business.

The Fannin County Fair continues through Saturday night.

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