Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cows and Crowns

Just a couple of week ago I got word that I had been selected as the 2015 Kentucky Guernsey Princess. What exactly is that??

For those of you that may not be familiar with the whole idea of showing cows, Guernseys are the breed of dairy cows I show... but why would a cow breed need a princess? The Queen and Princess program is another way to promote the breeders of your area and spread knowledge of your breed to others. My "sister queen", Haley Fisher, will travel with me to different shows, sales and hopefully different schools to represent Kentucky Guernsey Breeders.

My first experience as princess was at the Kentucky National Show and Sale in Louisville, Kentucky on April 10. I got to meet the National Guernsey Queen, Robin Kime, and hand out awards to the exhibitors of the show.

Stephen Terhune and Andy Ashton were the breeders of Lot 21, your Junior Champion and highest seller, along with Lot 33 for Grand Champion. (Pictured L-R Me, KY Queen Haley Fisher, Andy Ashton, Stephen Terhune, National Queen Robin Kime. Photo by AGA.)

I hope to keep you updated on my travels and experiences as princess this year. Almost every state has this opportunity available for those with a passion for the dairy cow. Contacting your local FFA Advisor or 4H Extension Agent would be a great way to find out more information.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Favorite Purchase Yet

When Spring rolls around most girls my age are discussing their Easter dresses, getting their nails done, tanning for prom and scraping up the money for their prom dress. Don't get me wrong, I'm doing all those things. However instead of forking out the money for a prom dress this Spring, I decided to do something a little different with my money. 

           Meet 53 and little miss 53a.

On April 4, 2015 I spent my money on a cow/calf lot at the Angus Opportunity sale in Camner, Kentucky. The sale is hosted by Buckner and Jeffries Angus Farm and it's one of the oldest sales in the Angus breed. That Saturday was a big day for me because 53 and her little heifer are my very first cows of my own and they will be the start of my herd.

I wanted to start my own herd because I love the cattle industry and I also wanted another way to pay for my college tuition, even if it is a few years away. In a few years I hope to have heifers, bulls, steers and cows to sell to other farmers.