Fair season is always a favorite time of year for us at MyShan Dairy. The community that is built from fellow farmers is indescribable. Everyone is willing to help, even the “competition.”
Day 1: The cows and Guernsey Girls Sarah and Shannon left first thing in the morning. Since Farmer Mylon has a full time job outside of the farm, he wasn’t able to get down to the fair till about 9 p.m. Not only did he have the trailer that we sleep in, but he had the tack as well. So Shannon and Sarah were without pitch forks, shovels and decorations for the whole day. Thankfully others were willing to help out throughout the day. You can only imagine how important a pitchfork is when you have 10 cows that are stuffing their face with yummy alfalfa all day. Guernsey Girls Taryn and Elizabeth came down late Monday night, so everyone got to bed a little later than they should have. Five hours of sleep is enough, right?
Day 2: The second day was a little busier. Now that the decorations were there, we had to decorate! We love when people get to see the names of the cows and our farm name. Farmer Mylon and Shannon went on the hunt for more grain while the other girls stayed behind and tried to get screws into the walls to be able to hang up all the signs. This wasn’t a very easy task and some of it had to wait for Mylon to get back. He’s much taller than the girls and had an easier time reaching where the screws needed to go. This is also the day we started our photo contest. One of the best parts of fairs is being able to educate the public on farming. We thought the photo contest was a great way to engage with the public. We may not have gotten as many entries as we would have liked, but we sure made some little kids happy by letting them pet our cows.
Day 3: SHOW DAY! This is what we work so hard for. We stagger milking so when the cows get into the show ring their udders are at their best. We clip the cows so the judge can see their depth and ribs. We wash the cows so the judge can see everything without dirt getting in the way. We match up cows with certain people so we know they will be walked around and shown off the best.
Enjoy these pictures from our trip!
Karter and Kinzie were able to show!
Day 4: This was the most relaxing day. Showing is over so the stress of the week was gone. Our goal for the day was to engage with as many people as we could. We had a big plan for how we were going to do that and everyone was on board for helping make Thursday the day everyone that came through the aisle got a MyShan Dairy sticker and entered the photo contest. But, it didn’t quite go the way as planned. We didn’t take into account that there were other breeds showing, so our aisle was closed down for most of the day. So we didn’t get to talk with as many people as we wanted, but we got to make friends with some farmers from Vancouver Island and even helped with their show–Shannon even went into the show ring (which never happens).
Day 5: It was Guernsey Girl Elizabeth’s job to get the kids up and make sure they got all their jobs done in the morning. And, everyone got up and all the tasks were done, not only on time, but early! It’s always sad to leave shows, but also a great feeling to go back to the normal schedule.
Until next year…
The Guernsey Girls