Showmanship is an important part of the junior fair livestock project. Today we get insights from both the beef and dairy judges on what they are looking for and the value showmanship provides for the junior exhibitors
One reason showmanship is very popular at the fair is because all the exhibitors start on a level playing field. this isn't about who has the animal with the best genetics this is about how well the exhibitors works in tandem with their animal and how they are able to show her off to the best of her abilities.
In wisconsin there are all types and sizes of succesful dairy operations. One that certainly fills the definition of traditional family farm is the Zahn dairy in Oconto County..... This years host of the dairy promotion committees dairy at dusk event.
Although the hog industry is relatively small in Wisconsin, interest in showing hogs is still high. A prime example of that is in kewaunee county where one of the biggest attraction in the livestock competition is the junior fair hog show.
County fairs are all about education but that is not limited to just the junior exhibitors. At the Fond du lac county fair one exhibit was geared at better educating the fair goers about todays' production agriculture
Make hay while the sun shines is the old adage and with a sunny forecast for the next four to five days growers are looking to bring in their 2nd croop alfalfa. What can we expect...Ag Agent Mike Rankin gives his assessment.
It makes sense since they are the top two industries in the state that we now have a niche market for agriculture known as agri-tourism. The relatively new field allows for farmers to see an economic impact but also is a great avenue for them to connect with consumers.
The latest USDA crop update rates the nations corn crop as the best its been for this time of year since 1999. Even here in Wisconsin 77% of the crop is rated good to excellent. However that is not the case here in Northeastern Wisconsin.
With immigration reform again capturing headlines a coaliton group made up of agriculture, business and manufacturing held a day of action to stress to congress and the Obama administration that it is time to pass immigration reform now
2014 has been an unusual year for producers thus far. Bcause of several years of drought, supplies are at 50 year lows and prices are at record highs. Still, demand has held up and the industry is trying to grow demand in the environment