What Does it Take to be an F.F.A or 4H Showman?

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F.F.A and 4H students took center stage in the Winn-Dixie Ag Complex on Tuesday.

The big day wasn't about them – it was about their animals.

Tuesday it was all about the cows and WTVY found out just what it takes to get them ready.

Tuesday's Open Show is the finale to a long road of preparation.

"It starts a year in advance. You get your cow, you start prepping it, taking it to different shows and get them all prepared for the national peanut festival," F.F.A member Taylor Birge said.

"There's a lot of hard work to it. You have to break the animal to get them used to being on a halter, you have to feed it special feed, wash it, dry it, comb it, clip it," F.F.A member Aeriell Cashin said.

"You gotta do a lot of clipping on them to keep their hair looking good," F.F.A member Damian Crutchsield said.

"I can probably get ready in 15 minutes and I've been with her all morning," Cashin said.

"It takes just as much time for us to get ready as it does for them," Birge said.

After spending so much time together, the kids really know their Heifers.

"She's definitely the sweetest out of the bunch. Some of the others aren't so sweet," Cashin said.

"She's spoiled, she's just like me. So she tends to do whatever I ask, just like with a dog - you build a bond with it and whatever I want her to do she does," Birge said.

One of the perks of being spoiled is following the latest trends.

"As far as styling goes I've seen a lot more hair on cows. Usually with angus you don't see a lot of hair," Birge said.

"Lately here I've been seeing a lot of the new show sticks, some of them have zebra print with designs on them so that's the newest thing this year," Cashin said.

While these kids put in a lot of hard work, their parents work just as hard.

They work alongside their children all year long taking care of the cattle.

Parents play a hidden, yet key part of both programs.


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