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Bull Bums and Pig Fights: Washington County Fair

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I am not done with cattle. There were plenty more cattle to see, but I didn't want to overload you in the last post. It's hard to overload me on animals. I just dig 'em, especially when they're healthy and well-nourished.

This is a Blonde D'Aquitaine steer. I'd never heard of the breed, but he's from an organic farm not far from my home. The girl showing him said he's not supposed to have that fatty hump over his neck, but I liked it. 

He was in such exquisite condition, with dapples showing on his hide. And his

Just a vanilla fudge chunk of a steer. I was calling him a bull, but I see from this photo that he's lacking the essentials.
He felt like warm wood.

There were the obligatory pigs, the sow with piglets, only this time the piglets were pretty big.

One of them was feeling frisky and picking dominance fights with all the others. There was squealing.

Back on the midway, I had my pick of themed salt and pepper shakers. Do I want the rotting skull?

or the joyful swamp zombie? Decisions, decisions.

Oh look! Angus butts! These were raised and shown by a classmate of Liam's. I was proud of her. Excellently beefy!

A little Ayrshire heifer contemplates her future as a milker.

I am looking in vain through the black and white drawings in my new cow field guide that Katdoc sent me for this one. I would really appreciate some identifying signs on the stalls.

So wooly! He was like a shearling sofa. Mmm. Mouse gray to boot. Anyone? I lack the requisite experience to identify mystery steers.

For my last cow shot, a trapezoidal Jersey. I decided she was lion-colored, and the tail matches, too.


as Fernando Lamas might say, "they look mooohvelous!"

You and the cows...too funny. Trapezoidal, indeed.

We, too, were frustrated by the lack of breed focus at the fair and were stumped by the gray beauty. I found a fun website, but as there is more, more, more canning and processing to be done, I haven't the time to spend on it (like the half hour that just passed by as I slobbered over rare breeds - oh the Indo-Brazilian! Like a lop-eared bunny it is) -
But I now have an affirmed certainty that we simply MUST have a mini-Highland in the future. They were made for this farm. Now the tomatoes and hot peppers are calling me, and begging to be made into green ketchup...

Warmed Wooded, sheared sofa cows and squeeling piggies make me giddy. Lovely post.

pswd to post is 270 artools. ;)
Kathy in Delray Beach

Thank-you for your entertaining commentary; it's the fair through fresh eyes!

Back to canning for me....

Thanks for the photos. I can smell them.

I still miss the FFA pigs my kids raised when they were in school.
Really interesting critters.

Here I am, a Texas cowgirl, and I couldn't identify the handsome gray. What a fun post; I caught a whiff of the barn.

From the color, I would guess that it would be a Murray Gray or Murray Gray cross. I don't know why it would be so furry looking though.

I love to see your photos and read your comments about what you're seeing. Lol!

Maybe the gray was a Murray Gray? We have them out west, but not sure of their appeal elsewhere. thery're supposed to be excellent eating, and that one looked appropriatly beefy!!

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