Getting Ready for Fair
Getting ready for the local county fair is always fun, but a lot of work goes into getting the cows and calves ready for the fair. The county fair gives the local community an excellent opportunity to meet local dairy families, and learn more about dairy farms. It’s actually very exciting to help teach people about cows so don’t hesitate to ask questions when you visit!
Fair preparation can be pretty intense. This year we brought 14 cows, calves, and bulls to the fair. Before going to the show, we spent about a whole week getting ready.
All the cows and calves before they can go must get a haircut. Its summertime so they don’t mind losing their extra hair. But it does take awhile to shave each one. The only drawback about shaving is probably getting itchy, you get hair all over.
Shaving the cows and calves is really like sculpting, because the way they are shaved ultimately affects how they will look on show day. The judge who judges the contests is very particular on how they look. It’s like a beauty contest, and the best looking one wins. So really when your shaving, you are trying to hide flaws, and highlight their good qualities.
Every day the cows and calves get to take showers to get clean. Washing the cows and calves makes them shine and look amazing.
There are also many other tricks to make them look perfect. Some are scrubbing toenails, poofing their tail hair, brushing their hair, and cleaning wax and dirt out of their ears. I don’t think many people understand how much work actually goes into getting the cows and calves ready for the fair. But if you do a good job getting the cows and calves ready, it definitely increases their chances on winning the show.
Wow Wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow got his first haircut the other day. I think he enjoyed it actually. I think my sisters had a blast getting him ready. I actually felt sorry for him, all those girls giving him a makeover. Wubbzy wasn’t the only the only one though… Wubbzy’s friend Mavis also suffered the same fate and got an extreme makeover as well. The following picture is Wubbzy (Left) and Mavis (Right).
Wubbzy exploring the camera
Wubbzy after getting shaved, he was exhausted!!