A lifelong passion goes beyond a love for a breed of cattle. It’s also a love for unforgettable friends and a family that stretches across the United States.
Paradise High School senior Reagan Taylor, 18, and her grandfather, Wayne Baber, 67, were recently honored by the Texas Limousin Association. Taylor was named TLA’s Outstanding Junior Member of the Year and Baber was recognized for his years of service as a former association president and as its current treasurer.
TLA, the state organization for the Limousin breed, was founded in 1971 and is one of the largest state beef cattle breed organizations in the nation. Its members’ herds account for about 20 percent of the total Limousin cattle in the United States.
“I’ve always been interested,” Taylor said. “My grandfather has raised Limousin cattle all my life and he’s the one who got me into it.”
Taylor, who has had Limousin cattle since she was 8 years old, is currently serving as vice president of the Texas Junior Limousin Association. As a member she goes to TLA shows as well as other shows through FFA – including the Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio stock shows.
While she loves showing her heifer, her true love is the people in the TLA.
“Our organization is not just an organization to me, it’s a family – a second family,” Taylor said. “I’ve grown up with all these people and see kids younger than me growing up and that is my favorite part – going to see my second family.”
She said she has made connections she hopes to keep for the rest of her life.
“I met my best friend there, which all started when her heifer stepped on her big toe. I will always remember that,” Taylor said. “I have people now that I will be lifelong friends with and who I will never forget. Going to these shows every year is what I look forward to, so I can see them.
“At our national shows, people from all over the United States come and it’s really fun to see them come from Tennessee and North Dakota.”
After she graduates in the spring, she plans on attending West Texas A&M. She currently has a 3.4 GPA, which she jokes would be awesome anywhere else.
“No, I’m not going to be in the top 10. I’m in one of the smartest classes ever to go through Paradise. It’s very competitive,” Taylor said. “I am in the top half. My little sister has the same GPA and she’s No. 13.”
She smiles and admits moving to Paradise was one of the best things to ever happen to her. She moved there from Azle her sophomore year and has been a member of the Paradise FFA ever since.