My kids have been part of the 4-H dairy club in the next county over; which entails for me over an hours drive each way, as well as carting them all over the state to meetings and shows and events, which I don't mind doing most of the time because I can see the direct and obvious benefit. And I don't just specifically mean in agriculture or dairy actually, I'm talking about the confidence and personal growth, I'm so blessed to have a life that allows me to be there and a witness to it.
Anyway, they've been a part of this club for just over a year now and yesterday took part in their second State Dairy Judging Contest. I watched them confidently walk around and with a slightly more knowledgeable eye place the cows, heifers and calves where they thought they should be placed according to their conformation. They were not afraid to tap the leg to get the cows to 'stand correctly' or get in between the calves to see which one had a better topline or what have you. They didn't have to stand in front of the judges and not only place them but give reasons because of their ages, but Andrew was able to practice with one of the other leaders so he's going to try it next year.
I found out late last night that Andrew took 3rd place and Faith took 6th! I'm so happy for them and if they stick to it I think it's likely that at least one of them, if not both, will be headed to the Eastern States on a judging team in the future!
I have to go now, the kids just came up from bringing their dirty laundry to the basement and said it's REALLY flooded. So much for a day of rest!