County Fair 2013

Menard County Fair

clipping heiferAfter a very cool summer, at least the first part of summer, it once again was very hot for the Menard County Fair.  The boys had almost all the cattle clipped out before the fair except for Paloma the calf part of Theo’s cow/calf pair.  It sure is nice and less expensive since the boys have learned to do some of the clipping.  Theo won champion cow/calf.  This county fair and State Fair we took all Bred and Owned cattle even the cow.  Bred and Owned means we raised the cattle and did not purchase them from anybody else.

county 4h fair simmental steersThis is the 4-H Simmental steer show. Theo was Champion Simmental steer and Zadok was Reserve.  There was a total 18 4-H steers.  Besides the steers and the cow/calf we only took 2 other heifer calves,  and both of them were reserve champions in their breed in the 4-H show and won their classes in the open show.  We kept the big heifers at home it was just too hot.  We even put up misters in the barn.

Resv Champion 4h SteerTheo was Reserve Champion 4-H steer and 3rd overall in the open and junior show.  We have had 4-H Grand Champion steer before, but this is the first time we were close to the top in the Open show.  The judge liked Theo’s steer.

4H Steer saleTheo sold his steer in the 4-H livestock sale.

Graffs after the steer saleThe sale is at the end of the fair.  Here we are ready to go back home with the animals.  All three will split the proceeds equally from their livestock sale.  The last several years we have only been showing 2 steers and selling only 2 also.  It was still hot, but a cold front came in that night.  Just remember some of the hottest days of the year will always be during the County Fair.

Skipping the County Fair

I am dreading the fair this year. We move the cattle in this Friday. After a week of 100 degree weather, I really don’t look forward to hauling, settWashing Heifering up, and sitting with 10 head in it. But my hands have black dye stains, the steers are almost broke, and the heifers get their final clip job tonight. That pretty much means we are set to go. So I just need to suck it up and git-r-done. Thank goodness we just stay overnight and go home. Some of these ridiculous counties still make the cattle stay 4 or 5 days.

Z is taking a bull and a steer. Theo will show a cow/calf pair, steer, and heifer. And Bella is taking two heifers and a steer.

Wish the kids luck showing and that the forecast is wrong.