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!
Maleah is the designated top-liner. AKA she gives all the heifers mohawks.
Taryn got in on the top-lines too!
These girls are all about the cows, even the fake ones.
The fair has a vet that goes around and checks out all the animals. The vet was checking Cabanabelle here. She looked a little bloated the morning of the show, but the vet said she was just indulging in the food a little too much.
Guernsey Girls Savannah, Taryn and Sarah with a big bunny.
These ladies were very pampered all week.
This is our favorite. When they are all laying down, then we can sit down.
Maleah and Elizabeth setting up the legs right for the judge. Even though sometimes we are against each other, we really aren’t. We are all family and the same farm so we are excited for everyone and cheer everyone on.
All lined up!
Hannah and Karter being silly.
Savannah is so pretty.
Karter always wants to help!
Mommy and Karter.
He looks like he’s being naughty.
Karter is learning how to show.
Karter loves being on shoulders! He will cover eyes and move heads. Here he is riding Uncle Lane.
Karter and Lane hanging out with Vickie.
Guernsey Girl Taryn teaching Karter about the cows.
Who knows what they are doing!
Micah looking good for the Junior show.
Sisters! Elizabeth and Sarah waiting to get out in the show ring.
Taryn loves Daisy.
Maleah showing off.
After receiving ribbons, often there’s nowhere to put it, except the back pocket.
Elizabeth in the showring.
Special moment captured of Papa and his “Little Love.”
Maleah has always been good at keeping the head up nice and high.
Taryn lined up before the show.
Lane and Taryn, not stressed at all.
Put that tongue away Lane.
Again with the tongue!
There’s no yawning in the showring!
Exhibitor herd line up. We got 4th.
Three generations watching the show.
A rare smile for the very serious showman Sarah.
We can have fun showing.
PeWee is the right height for Elizabeth.
Sarah and her baby.
Making sure the cow is perfect.
A smile from Savs!
The cow is laughing at Kyle.
Hannah isn’t the biggest fan of showing. But when she was down for show day she really liked PeWee, and jumped in the ring for fitting and showing.
Hannah showing attitude.
Taryn and Daisy
Sarah waiting for the show to start.
Karter and Kinzie were able to show!
It takes a village…
She did not want his arm around her.
Brother and Sister
In his show clothes
Lizzy had to do some last minute teaching.
We had to try different heifers with Karter before we decided on the big cow.
Papa and Karter walking into the ring.
Savannah helped Kinzie show so mom could watch.
Elizabeth helped Karter show.
Kinzie was more interested in running and playing than being a serious showman. But who wants to be serious at 2 years old.
Karter was in his element here.
We know that he’s out there with the biggest cow we brought, but she is the best trained. He did not want any help. As soon as he had a good hold on Dawna, he told Elizabeth to go sit down.
He might be only slightly too small for Dawna.
He knows how to hold that head up, just like mommy!
Karter put his ribbon in his back pocket because that’s what the big kids do.
He’s tuckered out from showing.
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