“They are going to stop inviting us!” That was the reaction of Uruguay goalkeeper Juan Castillo after his team defeated Argentina in the Quarterfinals of Copa America 2011. The sting of being eliminated from the tournament Saturday night had just begun to subside when Uruguay upset the host nation again and took home another coveted prize: Best in Show at the Rural Expo.
A Uruguay heifer took home top honors yesterday for Polled Hereford Grand Champion, and Pablo D. Mestre of El Pais says the blue ribbon is a source of national pride for a country that now exports more beef than Argentina. The judges announced they were looking for “feminine animals, clean, that show well, with lots of beef and without excess fat,” and the Uruguay entry Satur Granbife 4012 met all those characteristics.
Uruguay Rural Society president Jose Bonica Henderson put the award in perspective: “It is great recognition that fills us all with pride, especially the cattle raisers.” One of the cattlemen credited their heifer’s natural good looks for the win. “It’s like when you walk down the street and you see a plastic woman who has had too much surgery, you’re not going to like it. On the contrary, you like to see a beautiful, neat, elegant woman, and with the cows it’s the same.”
Uruguay can make it a clean sweep this week by winning the Angus cattle awards and the Sunday night Copa America final against Paraguay. If Uruguay manages to take home both awards, Juan Castillo’s comment will ring a little truer, “They are going to stop inviting us!” (Full Story in Spanish)