Walker is going big!
The Knox County Fair starts this weekend and Walker is taking a big steer this year.
Don't worry...he hasn't abandoned the mini's....he is taking Lucy along as well.
Our fair does not allow us to sell Miniature Herefords in the sale, so Isaac and Walker have always had to take an additional animal for the market classes.
Some years they show feeder calves and a few years Isaac showed a market steer. Walker was never allowed to show a market steer because mom and dad can only afford to feed out one steer at a time.
Show feed is expensive!
Isaac wanted to go out big his final year of 4-H and took a market steer last year.
That meant that Walker was out of luck again and was stuck with a feeder.
Don't feel too sorry for him...he did win Grand Champion with his feeder.
But he was really excited for Isaac to graduate because mom and dad couldn't say no any more.
This year is his year. Walker gets to show his first full-sized steer.
Full-sized isn't completely new to him because he has show for other people...this is just the first time he has gone start to finish with his own full-sized steer.
He has been up at 4:45 a.m. all summer long washing Brutus before he heads off to work.
Most nights he comes back home from a eight to ten hour shift at his landscaping job, to wash Brutus again.
He is tired, but loving being so close to the finish line with his steer. He is very excited for the fair this year.
Lucy has been a little neglected since we got home from Junior Nationals. She didn't have any hair at Junior Nationals, so he didn't figure it was worth the fight to even try to get hair to grow in the last month.
He has put most of his effort into Brutus...but Lucy is a veteran so he doesn't have to worry about her.
Walker has thoroughly enjoyed this year. From visiting farms to searching the online sales for that perfect steer (in his price range), to loading Brutus on the trailer and bringing him home last fall. He has tbeen soaking up the experience.
If you are in the area, stop by the Knox County Fair on Tuesday, the 26th to see him show Brutus and Wednesday, the 27th to see him show Lucy.
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.