Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Late on Saturday afternoon the judging is over and it's time to relax. Alot of the teens have cots set up to sleep in the barn with their animals. They require plenty of attention - feeding, watering and milking.
The teenagers have planned a pizza party for Saturday night, but those plans are disrupted by the decision of the fair organizers to release all the animals early due to the oppressive heat. Moving a group of 6-8 dairy cows is no small task, and requires several trips back to the farm with a livestock trailer.
This, by the way, is a beautiful Jersey cow. They're not typical of this area as most local dairy farms keep Holsteins - the recognizable black and white cows. But Jersey are very efficient in turning silage into milk, and their milk is very high in butterfat. Besides that, they are beautiful, gentle looking animals. Behold the Jersey....