Spiffy means spruced up and looking fine. That's the activity many exhibitors will be engaged in this fair week, making sure their livestock impress the judges and bidders.
Laura Lund and Garrett Morgan were giving a Jersey dairy cow named Kefir a thorough bath on Monday morning. Some laundry detergent, water and a good scrubbing were being applied to Kefir, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying her outdoor bath (not a bit like the reaction of trying to give a cat a bath indoors or outdoors).
Morgan was working laundry detergent into five-year-old Kefir's tail. The process will remove her dandruff.
Lund is working in her first fair. This is Morgan's eighth.
Kefir, lucky girl, will not be for sale, but for show only.
Morgan noted that this will be the first year for a cheese yield at the fair. The event will happen at the start of the livestock auction. "We take however much a cow will be milking in a day, and convert that to the amount of cheese it would make," Morgan said. "On the day of the auction we take that basket of cheese in with us and walk the cow around the ring. The bidders will bid on the amount of cheese."
Local and out-of-state creameries will make the cheese. "My mother's aunt and uncle own a creamery in Pennsylvania that we would buy [cheese] from and auction that," Morgan said.
Lund also raised a pig for the fair which will be sold later this week.blog comments powered by Disqus