For our readers who don't know - the Calf Show has two parts - classes for the calves, and classes for the handlers. For the past few weeks Robert and Chris have been preparing; leading their chosen (by Henry and James) calves round the yard after milking, getting the calves used to being on a halter, learning how to encourage the calves to do what the handler wants and how to handle the calves and watch the judge. The day before the show the calves were washed and clipped, and by 06:15 on Show Day were loaded into the trailer with three show cows.
An early start meant there was plenty of time to unload, wash and brush up (the cows), and sit and relax.
Then a few last minutes touches - the Vice President of the Shorthorn Society fluffs up a cow's tail.
Bedded, fed and watered.
And it's not just the cows and calves that are looking their best!
Ready to go
Concentrating and remembering all the practice.
Three smart boys now
Controlling the calf
First in class!
Robert and Starbud 60th
Champion Junior Handler (and Goldie 229th)
So, well done to Robert and Starbud 60th - Champion Junior Calf, and Reserve Overall Calf.
And to Chris and Goldie 229th - Champion Junior Handler.
And as an extra bonus to the joy of winning, the boys also got some little brown envelopes with prize money - to put away into their New Zealand holiday fund.
And what of the Strickley cows? It was not our day, the honours went to Jonathan Fisher's Mossrigg Barrington Iris, who not only won the Champion Dairy Shorthorn, but also Supreme Champion Dairy animal