Thursday, August 02, 2012

Taken Unexpectedly Happy

Frieland LF Bama Breeze

By a Facebook post by a very nice lady I have met a couple of times, asking for dairy judging terms. It reminded me of the days when the kids were involved in Dairy Quiz Bowl, Dairy Judging and the Dairy Ambassador (Dairy Princess and Court) program.

At the time I'm sure it was challenging to cart them to all the myriad practices and barn meetings and public events, where they dished out ice cream and great big farm kid smiles, but somehow I have fond memories of those hectic days.

And I love the way the terms for dairy cow judging roll around in my mind even now. (You can't help but learn while the kids do, and I coached the novice quiz bowl team for several years....loved those novices! They were so eager and interested and fun and even on the years when the team didn't do well, they always won on some level.)

Sharp and clean through the throat, sharp shoulders, straight top line, wide at the hooks and pins, sweeping rib, deep rib, correct set to the hocks, deep bodied, great body capacity,  heart girth, wide chest floor, dairy character, sharp and clean throughout, high, tight, wide rear udder, excellent udder attachment, smoothly blended fore udder....I could go on all day with the terms the kids had to use when giving reasons for their choices in dairy judging. The younger kids could just choose which cows they liked best in a class, but the seniors had to give spoken or written reasons and were judged upon them.

Liz went to state several times for both horse and dairy judging, and also went to state for quiz bowl. Becky was a junior and was placed on a senior team at the regional level. She placed high enough that she would have been an alternate for state had she been in the right age group. We all took the dairy stuff pretty seriously and I guess it stuck.

I sure do still love to look at a beautiful cow. Sometimes I go to the Harvue website just to look at Frosty.....

Anyhow, it was a nice little trip down memory lane...


Floridacracker said...


Terry and Linda said...

NOW THAT IS one good milker!!!


NumberWise said...

Beautiful cow - worthy of a few of those judging terms!

Nursejoan said...

I admire your choice in good cows! Frosty is a breeder's dream cow with maternal roots deeply embedded in Clarke Co, VA, at Harvue. I am blessed to have had both a business and personal relationship with Mr J D "Jack" Hardesty & his late wife, Carter and their sons. Great times, thanks to cows! :-)

threecollie said...

FC, she is indeed! Still with us a good little milker, a nice girl except in fly season when she likes to perform death by switching tail on any victim who comes close enough to reach. She has had three bright red milking shorthorn cross daughters over the years. We lost Rio this winter, but still have beautiful Cinnamon and her this year's baby Cayenne.

Linda, one of my favorites, although I gave her to Alan

NW, she is not an all_American by any means, but she is a nice little cow..

Nursejoan, Wow, that is amazing! I love looking at her. We have a couple of Roylane Jordan daughters and have high hopes for them.

Cathy said...

Yeah. It 'stuck'.

This was fun.

And this:
" . .excellent udder attachment, smoothly blended fore udder....I could go on all day . ."

Ah, if all professions afforded that kind of satisfaction :)

threecollie said...

Cathy, lol, I was born an animal lover, horse crazy, dog crazy, frog crazy. I thought everything was a pet when I was little. This is as close as I could get to making a living doing what I love. lol