An Unfriendly Welcome
Chester, a full-sized, full-blooded Hereford was welcomed to our farm on Sunday. We made the trip to Grassy Run Farm in West Virginia to pick him out.
Isaac was a little overwhelmed by all the choices, but he did a good job of picking out a nice steer. He plans to start showing him in the BEST shows next month.
As of tonight, Chester is officially halter broke!
On his way back to the barn, Chester was introduced to our Miniature Hereford bull, Blue.
I am sure glad there was an electric fence between them.
Yesterday we attended the North American Miniature Hereford Association Fall Classic. We had a great time and had great results.
Isaac's job was fitting all the tails.
Rachel, our heifer, was in heat and decided that she was going to be a handful. Both Isaac and Walker were planning to show Rachel for showmanship, but at the last minute we had to change plans. Blue was taking everything in stride, so he was the one chosen for showmanship.
Isaac won Senior Showmanship.
Walker struggled in Junior Showmanship. Blue, a bull, was in line behind a heifer that was in heat. You can imagine the struggle that Walker had. We knew it was a risk to show a bull in showmanship, but we didn't want to pull the boys out of the showmanship competition completely. We knew we had to work with what we had. The ring hand stepped in and helped Walker get control of Blue, but not before he got his foot stomped on. Walker was very frustrated, but he fought through and didn't give up. The judge even commended him on his determination and composure.
Since Rachel was a spunky and Walker had just fought with Blue, we all agreed that it would be best for Isaac to show Rachel in the heifer class. They won first in the Senior Heifer class.
Rachel went on to win Reserve Champion Female.
Blue and Mitchell were in the same class. Daniel showed Mitchell and Isaac showed Blue. It was a rare and special moment for Daniel to be able share the ring with Isaac.
Mitchell took second in his class and went on to win Reserve Champion Bull.
Last year, Rachel, Blue and Mitchell were all at the Fall Classic. They were all young and we didn't end up bringing home any plaques or chairs. The boys, especially Walker, were very determined to bring home a chair this year.
We brought home 6 plaques and 3 chairs. We were very surprised, but thankful for a great show.
We always have a great time at the Fall Classic. We are all a Miniature Hereford family and you really feel that at this show. While we all want to win, we are all encouraging and supportive of each other. It was great to see so many little tiny kids try their hand a showing for the first time. I can tell that we have a great future before us.
The End of Summer
Summer is officially over and fall is now upon us. Here in Ohio, summer ended with very cool days and some down right cold nights. Fall has ushered in with above normal temperatures. I would be confused except that it is Ohio.
We have been enjoying the warm weather to get some fall chores finished and final preparations made for winter. We have a long way to go, but here are a few things we have been doing lately.
This was our second year to participate in the Centerburg Old Time Farming Festival Parade. This year we had beautiful sunshine and didn't have to fight umbrellas on the back of the tractor.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.