The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show officially kicks off today in Mercedes. Students spent the early part of the morning getting their animals ready for the intense judging that takes place.

Winning a coveted title means big bucks when the animals are auctioned.

Livestock Show judge Joe Behrens examined heifers during the Jr. Santa Gertrudis competition Friday morning.

Edinburg Vela High School student Simon Peralez won Reserve Grand champion in the 2016 Jr. Santa Gertrudis competition.

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