Monday, August 01, 2005


Early in the morning on show day the barns are a veritable flurry of actitivity. The livestock is washed down in what I'll call a "cow wash". Following a good scrubbing down they're confined in a portable stanchion where they can be detailed.

First they are vaccuumed with portable tank units, and then the real work begins....spraying them down with a product similar to our hair care products. It creates a smooth and uniform shiny coat. In the case of the black steers they used something that's specifically formulated to help enhance that intense black color.

The detailing is handled by the 4-H'ers family and friends, as in a few moments they must appear in the show ring looking presentable, and this is very hot and dirty work. As I see it, it's a great team building exercise.

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