Before I get back to my Road Trip blogs I have a few more photos to share. No big surprises in this post like there were in the last one, but Dona sent me the great photos that she had taken of the show. And since I’m writing another fair post I’ll include a few others as well.
I didn’t see much of the fair besides the livestock area but I walked around briefly. Here is what caught my eye.
On the wall of the livestock office.
Another longhorn, this time with not-so-symmetrical horns.
A “corn-box” for children.
This seems like a good idea for kids but I think I’d want it far from my house. It’s hard to tell in the photo but there are metal bars hanging at each station for banging “music making”.
I always like walking through “The Farm” to get ideas for my garden. I like these bricks that made the corners of the raised beds. It would be easy to change the location of the beds.
Back to the show ring. Rotor was sometimes reluctant at moving around the ring.
Here he is at the head of the class of Shetlands and Karakuls.
This is the Primitive Breeds Champion judging.
None of my other sheep did as well as Rotor. The judge preferred his fleece over that of my other sheep, although I think they are just fine. Meridian Honey, shown by my husband, had won Champion Jacob ewe at Black Sheep Gathering in June, but she was last in this class. That is part of showing any livestock, especially Jacob sheep. There is such a wide variety in acceptable traits in our sheep that it may not really be appropriate to judge them against each other. That is why Jacobs used to be judged by “card-grading”. Each sheep would get a “grade” based on the characteristics–not putting one of a similar grade above another. But that’s not how it’s done in traditional livestock shows.
These are my two yearling ewes, Meridian Honey and Meridian Zinnia.
This is the Jacob portion of the Primitive Breeds ewe lamb class. The two lambs without much color have a bit more on the other side. They are sisters and my friend, Mary, has bought one of them.
Here is our Flock entry in the Primitive Breeds Division.
Rotor’s debut on the photo stage after winning this show. See the previous blog for his other winning photos.