The banker-farmer news bulletin
Hulce, R. S.
The Banker-farmer news bulletin. Bulletin no. 23: fitting the dairy animal for dress parade PDF (1.3 MB)
with a mixture of equal parts of sweet oil, soap liniment and alcohol. A mixture of goose grease and sweet oil is also very good. These mixtures not only improve the quality of skin, but add a gloss to the hair and give the body a very clean appearance. The mixtures mentioned should not be applied to white hair on an animal later than 4 or '5 days before showing because of coloration. For grooming, a soft brush is advisable. Avoid the use of a curry comb except for the purpose of dirt that clings tightly. THE HORNS AND HOOFS NEED ATTENTION The horns must receive attention; very often the use of horn trainers is necessary. In preparing the horns, scrape down the rough portions by the use of a file. The edge of a broken piece of glass is sometimes used after filing. Be careful not to make the skin sore at the base of the horns. When the horns have been worked down nicely, rub them with emery cloth to put on a smooth surface. For polishing, fix up a paste using sweet oil, powdered pumice stone or tripoli and add a little alcohol. Apply this paste mixture to the horn and rub well with a woolen cloth. If the horns have been put in good con- dition before leaving home, polishing will be all that is necessary at the fair. The hoofs may be trimmed by use of pinchers followed by a rasp. It is necessary to do some clipping just previous to showing. This will include the tail above the switch and usually the ears, except in the case of Brown Swiss, and portions of the head or face and the belly. TRAIN THE ANIMAL IN GOOD MANNERS A point often overlooked is that of breaking the animal to lead and to stand properly. If the efforts of the attendant are taken up in dragging and pushing an entry about, many of the good points which the animal might otherwise show are concealed. An exhibitor should have just one thought in mind while showing in the ring, and that is to give his entry every possible chance to show at an advantage. By this is meant that when his animal stands, its feet are properly placed, back straight and head alert. Any movement either on the part of the exhibitor or the animal should be as graceful as possible. A good animal poorly shown does not always get its just dues. "Keep one eye on the judge and the other on the animal" is the advice of experienced showmen. Until the ribbons are placed a good showman takes no chances of his animal slumping or going to sleep. BASE DATES In the dairy breeds the base dates for computing ages are August 1 and February 1. A SENIOR YEARLING in the dairy breeds for the show season 1922 is one dropped between August 1, 1920, and February 1, 1921. A JUNIOR YEARLING in the dairy breeds for the show season 1922 is one dropped between February 1, 1921, and August 1, 1921. A SENIOR CALF in the dairy breeds for the show season 1922 is one dropped between August 1, 1921, and February 1, 1922. A JUNIOR CALF in the dairy breeds for the show season is one dropped since February 1, 1922.
This material may be protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright