Well, it’s been six months since I wrote my last “Life in the Farm Lane” blog. And it’s been a pretty full six months for me, mostly because my family and I welcomed our daughter into the world in March.
July was a pretty exciting time for my son. We exhibited at the local fair and he got to take his three animals. Before the show, we knew his senior 2- year-old Jersey was good, but we were thinking winning her class was the extent of her greatness this year.
I’m happy we underestimated her because when she was named grand champion, my family and I were beyond surprised. And it makes the win a bit sweeter to know that the show was packed with animals that will compete well at state and national fall shows. I’ve never heard my dad scream louder than when I was handed the purple ribbon.
My son couldn’t let Mom have all the fun. His grandma was holding him at ringside while I showed his cow, Rachael, and when I was handed the ribbon, my mom couldn’t contain him anymore. He came running into the ring – bare feet and all – to grab HIS cow and HIS ribbons. It was the best feeling in the world to see the excitement in his eyes.
Unfortunately, we were all so busy trying to contain kids and cows that no one got a photo. But the purple ribbons are proudly hanging outside his bedroom door so he can see them every day.
When I was in 4-H and FFA, we always exhibited at the All-American Dairy Show – which happens to be starting this Saturday, Sept. 12. But since I graduated from college, got a “big girl” job and started a family, continuing my favorite showing tradition has had to take a back seat.
We toyed with the idea of taking Rachael to this year’s show but didn’t make the decision to do so till the day before entries were due. Not only is the passion and desire to show there drawing me back in, but I also feel we have a cow that can compete well. So she and I will be making the trip to Harrisburg next week.
Of course I have no idea how she’ll place, but that doesn’t matter. I know she’s a beautiful cow and one my son can build his herd from – like I did with my foundation cows, Magic and Marty, over 20 years ago.
For all you dairy show fanatics out there, while I’m at the show next week, I’m going to be taking some short video clips each day of the festivities. Videos will be posted on our Facebook page and www.LancasterFarming.com for you to check out.
~ Jessica Rose Spangler, market editor