Tuesday was cattle show day at the O'Brien County Fair. We were at the fairgrounds by 6:00 a.m. to wash the calves and start getting them ready for the show. We blew them dry, brushed, combed, groomed and made them look their best to go in front of the judge.
Allie was the first one to go into the ring. JM did a great job of showing her. They received 3rd in the class honors and a blue ribbon. She is a calf out of our own cows and has the best personality. Allie and JM have gotten very close. She just loves to have him near her. JM was just beaming coming out of the ring with a blue ribbon.
The two steers, Charlie and Mikey, did great in the ring as well. Charlie also received 3rd in his class honors and a blue ribbon. Charlie got to go into the ring a second time for beef of merit as well. He was one of the top ten cattle in the fair for rate of gain. Mikey was 4th in his class and also received a blue ribbon. JM was on Cloud 9!
During the beef show, JM received his award for his Pen of Four project. He fed 4 of our home raised calves throughout the year and had the highest rate of gain over the other participants. His calves gained an average of 4.6 lbs per day. He had to keep track of the feed that was fed to them and also take care of their pen and health. The project was also judged on the grade of the meat. All four of JM's calves were in the top six for yield and grade by the packer. JM received Grand Champion honors for this project.
Today was the most difficult day of the fair. JM had to say goodbye to Charlie and Mikey since they were going to be sold on the fair auction. The whole family shed some tears, but JM had a really hard time letting go of them. He has put a lot of hard work into feeding, caring, washing, grooming and breaking them to lead. It is amazing how quickly they become part of the family. We will miss them!!
JM had a wonderful first year fair experience. Allie came home with us from the fair. She will go to a couple more shows yet this summer, and hopefully, she will go back to the fair next year with her calf. We can't wait for next year. We met some great new friends and learned a lot along the way.