A little more of the work going on at the ranch! It's Stock Show Season around the country. Yesterday the Iowa Beef Expo Lowline sale was sponsored by the Midwest Lowline Assoc. in Des Moines. Some nice cattle sold in the sale. Unfortunately I don't have the sale report. The San Antonio Livestock show is in full swing and we are exactly 2 weeks away from move in at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The work we do is enormous to get the cattle ready to strut their stuff in the ring. The cattle term is "fitting". The person who "fits" is called a "fitter." Fitting a calf for show encompasses nutrition, grooming (clipping, training hair on English and Continental breeds), and every day wash or rinse and blow. Yes, there is that word "blow" not "blow dry." Of course we teach the heifer, bull, or steer to lead and place feet to best present the animal to the judge.
FJL General Beauregard as six month old is in the trim chute with Lynn fitting the halter to his head. We switch out halters quickly in the ready area so we need to know where the buckles need to be before showtime. The photo was taken in February 2010 when The General was five months old.
If your attending HLSR from February 28th to March 4th please stop by and say hello at our stalls!