Cattle Building

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The Cattle Barn is host to many head of cattle, some with calves, a pair of oxen, and many times a pregnant cow which will give birth over the course of the Fair. Among the breeds on display are Jersey, Brown Swiss, Red Holstein, White Holstein, and Guernsey's. There are milking demonstrations every day at a milking station, and an observation corral where a calf or two is on display and available for petting.

Our 4-H and Youth Cattle Show takes place on the first Saturday of the Fair. The show sees many local youngsters and their charges vying for the blue ribbon. This is not a meat cattle show where the winner must relinquish his prized animal to a high bidder, but it is a family show where the participants proudly display their animals.

Milking Demonstrations and Pet a Calf

Daily as posted

Cattle Buddy

Be a Cattle Buddy and groom a calf! Hands on opportunities throughout the day...

Wash Your Hands

Please remember to wash your hands after leaving any area with animals.

Cow Facts

An average dairy cow transpires in the summertime up to 30 liters to the environment and during the wintertime up to 15 liters.

Beef cattle require 15 to 25 gallons of water per day per animal.

Lactating dairy cows require almost 30 gallons of water per day per animal.

Calves will gain more weight when they have access to plenty of water.

Calves will also gain more weight and increase their water intake when they drink from water tanks/tubs that are fed by well water.

Trips to the water tank/tub are a social event for cows. Boss cows drink first, followed by the lower ranking cows.

Today, 95% of all United States dairy cows are Holsteins.

A cow producing over 120 pounds of milk a day, must consume over 69 pound of dry matter (feed) every day.

Flies can reduce weight gain in cattle as much as 15 to 25 pounds per animal per fly season.

Most cows will not eat in the last 36 to 48 hours prior to giving birth.

Ranchers spend an average of 4 to 6 hours a day checking on their cattle that are out to pasture.

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