Anyone who is in or around livestock can get their dander up in a heartbeat when someone attacks what you love. A few days ago an individual left a comment on a wonderful couples facebook page regarding show cattle. Whether this person left that comment to be malicious, didn't know what they were talking about or just made a comment without thought is something that left a bitter taste in a lot peoples mouths. I don't feel that we should attack anyone for their opinion, everyone is entitled. But I also feel that if you make a comment you have to be prepared to defend what you say. And i also feel that when people make a comment about something they are unaware of, that they need to be educated. So here is me educating about treatment of show cattle!
Show cattle are one of the most pampered animals. Their births are planned out very specifically. The bull and cow are picked specifically to make a show animal. An animal that will show the best of it's breed and it lineage. Once they are chosen to be a show prospect. The day to day care increases. They are usually in a show barn where they are interacted with daily and multiple times. These calves are trained to walk on a halter and lead just like you would train your dog to walk on a leash. They have special bedding to make it easy to keep them clean. There is always fresh water available. Their feed is usually a custom bag feed or a specialty mix made just for them. It is weighed and each gets their own feed. Show calves are given baths to condition and take care of their hair. They are then put in a chute where they are combed and blown dry with a high powered dryer. The chute they are put in is for their safety and yours. It doesn't hurt them at all. It even has a padded floor to make them comfortable. Also when they are in the chute is when they get their hair clipped to make them look their best. It's called fitting them. It's basically like going to a hair salon for us. When they are done, they are shiny, fluffy and a beautiful example of their breed.
|the calving pens for our mommas|
|show feed for the heifers|
|combs and scrubbers to get them clean|
|the dryer we use to get the heifers dry|
|team work to get a heifer dry|
|the turbo fans we use to keep the heifers cool|
|the Mister making sure the girls stay clean|
|fitting a steer for the show ring|
|Little Lady fogging the heifers to keep them cool, the Mister is keeping an eye on her!|
|our Little Lady loves to work calves|
|she loves him!|
|just a few clipper boxes and cans of "hair products"|
|the aftermath of a fitting|
|now do they look miserable, NO|