Yesterday was a busy day here on our farm. Brian, Ella, Brie, and I went to the first big beef show in our state – Agribition. This was sponsored by Tennessee Cattleman’s association and was a show for all the different breeds of cattle. We raise registered Angus, but there are Semital (I am thinking I have really misspelled that) Shorthorns, Heffords and many more I cannot spell. So, after a full week of work getting ready at home, finding stuff, clipping, bathing, feeding, walking – it was finally show day.
So, work done at home. Cattle and equipment taken to show the night before – off we go, before sunrise. Once at the show, first things first, animals must have care. Food, water, and in Baby’s case milk then time to clean (again) and dry, reclip if needed, fluff, and touch up. Ever try getting a 1000+ pound cow to stand still while she gets her hair dried.
So, hours of work later, it’s time to show. Cattle shows are usually divided by breeds and then in the breeds by date of birth. So that meant since Baby was born in Sept. She was in one of the first classes and EM being a year old already was in the last class.
Am way proud of both of my girls and their heifers. Brie got a 1st and Ella got a 5th. Both not to bad. But they both did a good job taking care of their animals and did a good job with being nice and professional to others.
After the show, before you can load out you have to wash your cows again to get all the product out of the cows hair and make them feel better for the ride home. Then they have to be fed and watered (again before you get to eat) again and loaded along with all your stuff. Then you can take care of your needs like food.
But, it was a great show and a fun day with my girls. I know that some of the equipment looks strange to those of you not used to show cattle but what we use is designed for the animals comfort and safety along with the safety of my crew.