Showmanship is more than entering the show arena during the fair or livestock show! It includes all the hard work that exhibitors put into their project from the day they purchase their animal. Showmanship is defined as the ability to present your animal to the best of it’s genetic ability. Many factors enter into the equation for a successful showman, including proper nutrition, halter-breaking, and daily care and grooming.
Celina R. Johnson and Brett Kaysen
Colorado State University
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Clipping and Grooming Cattle on Show Day
Robert Groom shares tips and techniques for halter-breaking calves and cattle at the NY Beef Center at the New York Farm Show.
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SUCCESSFUL FITTING AND GROOMING OF BEEF CATTLE
Celina R. Johnson
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Cattle Judging – what the judges look for – click here
The results are in!
The results for the Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords classes One to Eleven are included in the pdf file attached here – including photos of the winning entries and the judge’s comments for classes One to Eight.
The results for the Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords class Twelve (Viewer’s Choice) can be seen here
Our thanks to Janet Poole of Riverlets Miniature Herefords (the co-ordinator of the virtual show) and the judges for their in depth analysis of all entries.
CLASS 1 – SENIOR COW 3 YRS AND OVER WITH CALF AT FOOT.
- 1st – WW Golden April (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
- 2nd – Boomer Creek Katie (Boomer Creek, Colin and Joy Walters, Tasmania, Australia)
- 3rd – Boomer Creek Judy (AMH, Julie and Chris Stott, New South Wales, Australia)
CLASS 2 – JUNIOR COW 2 YRS WITH OR WITHOUT CALF AT FOOT.
- 1st – Starburst Mini Ginger (Starburst, Marie Bayliss, Scotland, United Kingdom)
- 2nd – Riverlets Sparkler (Riverlets, Janet Poole, Northland, New Zealand)
- 3rd – WW Golden June (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
- 4th – AMH Edla (AMH, Julie and Chris Stott, New South Wales, Australia)
Class Three – Yearling Heifer
- 1st – Boomer Creek Ness (Boomer Creek, Colin and Joy Walters, Tasmania, Australia)
- 2nd – WW Golden Grace (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
- 3rd – Ruzak Park Kamilla (Rosaville, Lisa and Rob Olier/Orr, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand)
- 4th – Ruzak Park Kraka (Ruzak Park, Carole Steele, Southern Districts, South Island, New Zealand)
Class Four – Heifer Calf.
- 1st – WW Black Gold Dust (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
- 2nd – Riverlets Ruby (Riverlets, Janet Poole, Northland, New Zealand)
- 3rd – SCH Ava – (Shady Creek Herefords, Diane and Brian Davey, Victoria, Australia)
- 4th – AMH Galena (AMH, Julie and Chris Stott, New South Wales, Australia)
Class Five – Senior Bull 3 yrs and over.
- 1st – Boomer Creek Jumbo (AMH, Julie and Chris Stott, New South Wales, Australia)
- 2nd – Baringup Billy the Kid (Perian, Roy and Jennie Menzies, New South Wales, Australia)
- 3rd – WW Sam’s Gold E (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
Class Six – Junior Bull – 2 yrs.
- 1st – Starburst Mini Goldrush (Starburst, Marie Bayliss, Scotland, United Kingdom)
- 2nd – AMH Flanan (AMH, Julie and Chris Stott, New South Wales, Australia)
- 3rd – Boomer Creek Mack (Musical Valley, Alison Livermore, Victoria, Australia)
Class Seven – Yearling Bull
- 1st – IBA Duke of Ireland (Itibiti Acres, B. & J. Massengale, Colorado, USA)
- 2nd – WW Prince William (WW Ranch, Charlotte and Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
- 3rd – …….Baxter (Muscial Valley, Alison Livermore, Victoria, Australia)
- 4th – Boomer Creek Nebraska (Boomer Creek, Colin and Joy Walters, Tasmania, Australia)
Class Eight – Bull Calf.
- 1st – SCH Alto (Shady Creek Herefords, Brian and Diane Davey, Victoria, Australia)
- 2nd – Boomer Creek Oakley (Boomer Creek, Colin and Joy Walters, Tasmania, Australia)
- 3rd – Riverlets Everard (Riverlets, Janet Poole, Northland, New Zealand)
Class Nine – Group entry (male(s) and female(s).
- 1st – Perian Miniature Herefords (R. & J. Menzies, New South Wales, Australia)
- 2nd – Rosaville Miniature Herefords (L. & R. Olier/Orr, Canterbury, New Zealand)
- 3rd – Grovenorth Miniature Herefords (A. & J. Hargrove, Northland, New Zealand)
- 4th – Riverlets Miniature Herefords (J. Poole, Northland, New Zealand)
Class Ten – Scenic Photo.
- 1st – A Mini Seascape (Boomer Creek, Colin and Joy Walters, Tasmania, Australia)
- 2nd – A Picnic Setting (Perian, Roy and Jennie Menzies, New South Wales, Australia)
- 3rd – Breakfast by the lake (Riverlets, Janet Poole, Northland, New Zealand)
- 4th – North Pasture (WW Ranch, Charlotte & Steve Williams, Colorado, USA)
Mini Sea Scape
There is no limit to what Miniature Herefords can do as proven by them popping up at a Cattle Handlers camp at the Melbourne Showgrounds last week.
Two steers, Bobby and Barney and a young bull, Winswood Baxter, were brought in from the paddock and had a hasty lesson in tying up. Fortunately floating was no issue as the boys had been for trips in the horse float on a few occasions and so it was off to the city we went.
We arrived at the Melbourne Showgrounds along with a multitude of other vehicles and it was off to their area which would be home for the next 4 days.
The Cattle Handler Camp is an annual event run by some amazing people who are happy to pass their skills onto anyone who wishes to attend. The participants, of all ages, are assigned an animal and they are responsible for that beast. All handling skills are taught and the 4 days culminates in a show whereby each handler displays their animal to the best of their ability and is judged. Judging is purely on handler skills, and ribbons and awards are given.
Bobby, Barney and Baxter behaved themselves very well and their quiet temperament was commented on by many folks. They coped really well with the busy and noisy environment and have come home leading beautifully. It took two of us to bully them into their tying up lesson but when they came back I lead the 3 of them together back to their paddock.
Winswood Miniature Herefords
by Janet Poole.
Show seasons down our part of the globe start around October and go through till April or May. With the exception of some of the biggest events these are all held outdoors. There are no specific shows for Miniature Herefords so we have to compete against other small breeds or bigger breeds but the minis can more than hold their own. They are also attracting a lot of attention with a growing number of people interested in becoming breeders in their own right. This is good advertisement for the advantages of having Miniature Herefords and one which needs to be promoted.
In Australia there are several breeders who are showing their stock but at present only one in New Zealand. It is such a shame we have the Tasman Sea between our two countries because the opportunity to compete against each other would be a real boost to our breeding programmes. Joy Walters, of Boomer Creek Miniature Herefords in Tasmania, has been showing her animals for years and very successfully. She has been a real asset in helping other newcomers to the show ring with training, preparation and techniques.
Bridgewater High School has also had the benefit of Joy’s instruction and their enthusiasm for turning out minis which perform well has earned them many placings. The school has its own Bridgewater Miniature Hereford Stud.
Two of the newer breeders in Australia have recently taken to showing with good results. They are keen to see more owner/breeders of Miniature Herefords come on board so that there is more competition among the smaller animals. Alison Livermore has Winswood Miniature Herefords in Victoria and Jack Bryan has Highlander Miniature Herefords in New South Wales.
On the eastern shores of the Tasman Sea is the very small country of New Zealand. There are around thirty Miniature Hereford breeders here and many have show quality animals but somehow exhibiting them is slow to take off. At present Riverlets Miniature Hereford Stud is the only one with animals in the show ring but this has generated so much interest in the smaller Herefords that they are becoming better known. Most of the competition is against other breeds of cattle as well as the bigger ones but one show does have a Small Beef Breeds Class where the minis always perform very well. This is also proving to be a popular class for those with the smaller breeds of cattle.
The big wish for the future is to have enough Miniature Herefords being shown in both Australia and New Zealand that special shows can be held for them as is happening in America. An exchange system whereby handlers can cross the Tasman to either country and show animals bred there would be a good incentive for the younger people. This is already being done by Lowline (Angus) breeders and we can’t let them get away with that, can we! Another outlet is the Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords which proved a lot of fun last year. Closing date for this year’s show is May 31st, 2012 and you can find information and entry requirements on both the MHBA (www.mhbaonline.org) and AMHBN (www.amhbn.com) websites.
Meet young handlers and their pint-sized prize cattle
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Petite versions of a larger breed, miniature herefords mean some of the youngest handlers at the rodeo
At Chandler Herefords, they halter break all of the bulls for sale each year and all of the breeding replacement heifers going back into the herd.
The procedure is as follows:
- Separate cows from calves
- Pen all calves tight enough such that they can’t run while each calf receives a halter
- Calves with halters to moved to pens with enough space to tie up
- Work and tie each calf calmly
- Leave tied all day
- Untie calves calmly in afternoon
- Repeat steps 1-6 second day (this video was taken on day 2 therefore calmer calves than the first day)
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