Every year about this time our daughter, Alex, gets her show calf for our county fair, which is in July. Alex feeds the calf, gives him a bath, brushes him, and breaks him to lead. Now she does get some help with the "breaking to lead" part as these calves can be fairly cantankerous at first. Amazing how much more well behaved they are when my husband, the CEO of Down On The Farm, has the halter and lead rope in his hands. He shows them who is BOSS.
This is what Alex will be showing next summer at the Miller County Fair:
This calf has no name yet. Alex puts a lot of thought into the names of her steers. Last year Alex named her steer "Ticket." No word yet on what this year's steer will answer to.
The county fair is kind of a "beauty pageant" for steers. You want the steer to be in good shape so this animal is well fed. You want him to be very gentle in the ring. The steers pose to show off their "shape." These animals are styled and trimmed and blow dried and hair sprayed. Really, it's quite a process.
Living Down On The Farm is different - some kids take out the trash - our daughter raises a show calf. An excellent opportunity to teach responsibility and maturity, and have some fun too.