Well our fair ended sunday, and this morning the animals were home, with us shortly there after. I have some good stories to share, some include bias and some are good. I'll start with the good, positive stuff. What is good about the fair is you meet people, make friends and have fun. Moving everything down, taking 3 days, takes some time. We planned on what was to be done, so it went fairly smooth. Tuesday was the farmer olympics, we participated in that and did well for the first time (7th out of 12 teams). Wednesday prep work was done, getting the toplines set for the show on Thursday. Well the big day came, and it's funny it took its time coming, yet after the show. Time flew by. The classes I showed in were, senior heifer calf, summer yearling, jr. yearling and Int. senior yearing. We had 1 in the first class, 2 in the second, 3 in the 3rd and 1 in the last class. Now I did learn one lesson, have runners! The first class I arrived at a good decent time, 2nd class was good. But the 3rd got close. Our barn was quite a distance from the ring, so it took a minute to get back. Well we got back, switched halters and tried to run back with the 3. THEY WONT RUN! We did get there, arrived just in time, lady undertstood because we were a little ways off. The 4th class was even tighter. after showing we headed back. I grabbed the heifer and tried running up. Well they had begun, just called out my name, but did so just as I arrived. I know one thing I am doing next year, 2 per class, people helping as well. So how did I place? Well, we did well. Senior Heifer Class - Aquila placed 20th or so out of 30-35. I knew she would not place well, however she was a warmup, something to get the jitters out PRACTICE . Summer Yearling - Amnesty placed 9th out of 18, I consider that a good placing. Summer Yearling - Turks placed 3-4 placed behind Amnesty. The judge loved dairy character (as do I, and he did one hell of a job). I wish I brought Jenel, similar age to Amnesty. She is taller, wider and has a nice long clean neck. But, live and learn! Jr. Yearling - Sassy placed 8th out of 20 animals, her hocks are not nice and straight, fairly deep body, tail head sits up a little. Jr. Yearling - Fido.Red placed 5th out of 20 animals, and one hell of a compliment came from the judge, and it beats out 1st any day. You don't need 1st. This is what he said "The 5th place heifer was the most dairy out of all of the animals in this class, if she was taller she would have been placed 1st". That made me glow. Jr. Yearling - Speedy placed 4th out of 20 animals. She didn't have the width of the 3rd place heifer, had the height, width was different. It is amazing to place 4th and 5th, in the top 5. The fact the judge said what he said about red was awesome. Int. Senior Yearling - Kahlua placed 11th (I beleive) out of 20 or so. I brought her for the fun of it, she led beautifully. Head high, tracked well. The following day the swiss was shown, she placed 5 out of 5, she didn't have the capacity, and was the youngest in her class, height was the same, depth was not. Two people did say at the fair (took her for a walk to a couple other barns), that she looks very good, good topline etc. So we did well, and whats funny. We are new, and here the new guy comes, and places well. Speedy jumped from 7th at a B&W show, to 4th at this show. Red jumped from 11th to 5th (B&W show was 11th). Red is very dairy, everything on that animal molds together. I did get her bred today, and I hope she drops a nice udder, because if she does. She will do well. Now for the other news. As anyone knows, when your new at an event, such as a fair, especially one that is the 2nd biggest next to the ny state fair. There will be favoritism, certain pressure etc. Well when we arrived at the fair with the animals we tied them all up, threw food in front of them so they would start to settle. Our neighbors were ok. One was a real J#%#@, you know. Well he looked over at the bull calf we have, our bull calf has a couple rub marks from the halter. He didn't look long, just a quick look. About an hour later, the USDA guy comes through to look the animals over. Now I was up getting hay, or something similar, might have been the picnic table or something. Well when I did arrive my mother informs me that the vet needs to take a look at a questionable spot. Now at the time I did not connect the dots. The vet came, and had to take his flashlight out, look super close and went. "Yup yup, has ringworm. Here is my question, does the vet even know what ringworm looks like. Ringworm is raised, it does not look like hide that has been scratched. His mark was a rub mark. I did not argue with him, we complied etc etc. Well we sent the bull calf home, with his mother who had to go with him. The people who trucked them home looked at the mark. These people have shown for years and years. They said that that is not ringworm, it was a rub mark. The mark on the bull is where the halter lies. Well we got back, moved animals a little to take up the room. Well a day or so later a heifer calf on the opposite side of one of my heifers, and a neighbors Angus cow had pink eye. I wonder, how the heck can a vet or USDA guy miss a nice white spot in the eye?!?!. Well we had the USDA come buy, put pressure on. The animal had to go. Well Friday I went over to talk to someone. I told this girl about what happened etc, she said "I have to show you something". As anyone that goes to a fair, or show. Ringworm, warts, mange and some other stuff is not allowed. This one cow had warts all over its neck, and head. Yet it was let go. Later I took my mother over to show her, and talked to the same girl. She told us more, the vet told them to cut off the warts before the show!. How the #)(@ can that fly? Yet my animal, with a so called patch of ringworm needed to go? Something ain't right here. Well I went back, and was talking to the neighbor (the angust guy). He told me a good story, and the same friggen thing happened to us. He was sitting, USDA guy goes through, combed his animals over, checked the neighbors. Well he got to some other people, and he looked from the aisle, and kept going. Well he chased him down, said "what are you doin?". The guy goes "what do you mean?". "Well how come you walked through mine, checked them head to hoof, and checked the neighbors but didn't check them?" Well he said "I am checking them" (or something similar). The USDA person played favoritism. IMO that is not fair at all. Well I learned a lot, learned the politics of the fair. Next year when we go again, I am going to make sure I am there, and I will be watching all of this go on. They wont have spots, if they do and it is NOT something. I will question the vet, and the USDA guy. "From what I understand, if I removed it I can still stay". "Atleast thats what you told someone else to do the previous year". I know next year, I will accept nothing lying down, I will even bring in my own vet to look. See they messed with the wrong people, when I get caught off guard I certaintly wont let it happen again. I am not going to make a scene, I know I will be ready. Also, we brought 9 down. I am not going to bring less, I will bring 16-18. See they might try to deture me, ha! That ain't happenin. But what I did connect was the bull, and that guy looking. I saw the bulls come out of the ring. He would have kicked ass in there, he was hands down, the better bull. I do beleive someone saw the competition and did something about it. Not now, but if I find better show someday, and this stuff goes on and on. I will make a monsterous stink. But since I want to go, and want to be in the same barn. I will be hush hush, and keep alert. The show was fun, fair was fun, but the politics only make me more competative. Jeff If some words are spelled wrong, I am soooo whipped while writing this, my eyes keep wanting to close lol. Damn that friggen fair whips grits.