Tuesday, September 9, 2014

County Fair Time!

My sons took dairy cattle to the county fair last week. They spent lots of time working with their animals over the summer; brushing them, teaching them to walk with a halter, clipping them, etc. After all the preparation, it's very exciting taking the animals to the fair! They looked so nice and did well adjusting to being away from home. It was a fun-filled five days. . . .

Garrett and Jack spent lots of time at the farm preparing their animals for fair
The boys give their animals a hair cut to make them look nice for the fair
The Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club display looked nice
Club Leader, Emma, helps Garrett groom Vanessa in preparation for the show
Garrett and Jack are ready to head into the show ring
Lad looks over Garrett's heifer, Vanessa, before he goes in to show
The Judge talks with Garrett during Showmanship
Garrett had two heifers competing for Jr Champion; his fellow 4-H member, Vince, leads Vanessa
Vanessa won Reserve Jr Champion at the 4-H Show!
Jack leads Daisy around the show ring - it was his first time showing and he did great!
Paul, Jack and Vince showing heifers from our farm
Thanks to Cherokee Demolition for purchasing the club's Dairy Basket
Jack relaxes with Daisy
When the dairy show is over, it's time time relax a little and have some fun. . . .

The men chat while on barn duty
They had a blast playing in the hay - Jack likes to be the life of the party
Joking around with Shock Gum
Good friends
Jack brings his heifer out to show classmates and teachers from his school
Jack showing Daisy to his friend, Anna
Garrett and the other club members help a neighbor milk his cows one evening
Jack on his favorite ride; the YoYo
Jack bungee jumps with his buddy Louie

I serve on the local Farm Bureau board, so I worked at the display tent during the fair. . .
Kids loved milking the cow!
The combine at the Farm Bureau display is a big hit!
Being involved in 4-H and participating in the fair is a great experience for young people. They learn about caring for animals, responsibility, teamwork, and develop friendships. They also have the opportunity to share information about dairy farming with the public. Many people stop to ask questions about the dairy animals during the fair. It's great to talk with others and share the story of dairy farming.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The County Fair – Generations of Showing Cattle

This week is The Great Geauga County Fair. My sons will be exhibiting some dairy heifers at the fair. They look forward to the fair every year, just like I did when I was younger. It takes hard work to get the animals ready, but it’s all worth it to show them off and spend the week at the fair!

Our families have been showing dairy cattle at the county fair for generations. . . .

Me showing at the Tulare County Fair in 1982
My husband, Lad, at the Wayne County Fair
My mom, Carolyn, with Judy who was Jr Champion Guernsey at the Sacramento Co. Fair
My dad, Tony, (3rd from right) showing with Riverdale FFA
Lad's mom, Pat, won 1st in Showmanship with Peppy in August 1962
Lad's dad, Duane, with Comet who was Jr Champion at Wayne County Fair in 1954
My sons are carrying on the family tradition. Check back a week or two to see pictures and results from the fair.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summertime on the Farm

My family is having an active summer. It's been cooler than normal, which the cows like. My sons have been busy working with the animals they'll show at the County Fair at the end of August. We've had lots of cows calving this summer, so the boys like to check the maternity pen to see if any cows are getting ready to calve.

Here are some images of from our farm over the last few weeks. . . .
Garrett, Jack and Lad have a chat
A favorite cow, Chumey, with Jack
Curious cows take a drink after being milked
Lad spraying flies in the barn
A great grandma cow, she's 12 years-old and doing well in the herd!
There have been lots of births at the farm over the last few months.
Jack with his calf, Daisy
Jack shows Daisy to Grandma Pat
Garrett working with Lucy, one of the heifers he will show at the Fair in a few weeks
My parents, Tony and Carolyn, with Jack, Garrett and Lilly
Jack with farm kitty Sophie
The boys help me measure our growing corn

Garrett in our Sudan grass crop
My family enjoys showing visitors around the farm

The boys found a turtle, frogs, and tadpoles in the pond on our farm
We had some fun off the farm too. . . .
The boys on the Chagrin River
Fun at the water park
We love going to Lake Erie!
It's hard to believe school will be starting soon and fall is around the corner. We're savoring every moment of summer!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Butter is the Best!

Butter is the real deal. You can't beat the taste of real butter for cooking and baking. It's a very simple food, the ingredient in butter is cream (and sometimes salt). It's real food. Maybe that's why butter consumption has increased across the country.

Butter has received lots of attention lately, check out these articles featuring the delicious golden gem:
Ending the War on Fat, Time Magazine
This article substantiates the fact that whole milk and butter is good for you.

“Changing views of nutrition are turning butter into one of the great comeback stories in U.S. food history. Humans have been eating butter for millennia, valuing its ability to store longer than most meat and its utility as a flavoring.” 

7 Reasons Why Butter is Good For You, Authority Nutrition  
This article lists the attributes of butter including some of its health benefits.

Speaking of butter, tomorrow is the first day of the Ohio State Fair where the famous butter cow display will be revealed. The American Dairy Association Mideast, an organization supported by Ohio dairy farmers, has done a butter cow display since 1903. For many, a highlight of the fair is seeing what unique display will be carved out of butter each year. 
The Butter Cow display at the 2014 Ohio State Fair

This year there was a contest to name the butter cow and calf. Submissions were made via Twitter using the hashtag #ButterCowNameGame. The winning names are Scarlet for the cow, and Grayce for the calf. For those not from Ohio, scarlet and gray are The Ohio State University colors.

The 2014 display features symbols of Ohio

The cow and calf watch over the display

The stars of the display Grayce and Scarlet
If you are going the Ohio State Fair, be sure to visit the butter cow display, take a selfie and tweet it with the hashtag #ButterCowSelfieContest. This year’s display features 15 symbols representing the history, character and spirit of Ohio, including a carnation, cardinal, whitetail deer, and tomato among others. This display was created using 2,033 pounds of butter.

In addition to this wonderful butter display, the American Dairy Association Mideast building offers ice cream, streams dairy farmer videos, has an Ag Is Cool Station for kids and more. It’s worth your time to stop in.

Click here to see a video featuring the butter cow display.
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