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In pursuit of ribbons at Hopkinton Fair

Mon, 2018-09-10 16:00 -- Carole Soule

 “You may have to take the 4-H heifers home and wait for the proper paperwork to be completed,” said the veterinarian from Blackwater Veterinarian Services. “They are missing their rabies-shot certifications.” This was distressing because my Highland Rider 4-Hers had been preparing for the Hopkinton Fair for months. The children and their groomed cattle waited patiently while the adults worked on a solution.

Tattoos for Cattle

Tue, 2018-09-04 11:37 -- Carole Soule

“Your tattoos are the best we've seen all day,” said the inspecting vet. We had just unloaded our first group of cattle at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds on Thursday, the day before the Fair opened. Each animal showing at the fair must be inspected and have identification. Ear tags are acceptable, but the inspectors prefer tattoos. Not dragon or phoenix tattoos; these tattoos are numbers and letters imprinted in the bovine's ear and must match the required paperwork accompanying each animal.

Oxen are a Ton of Fun

Tue, 2018-08-28 14:51 -- Carole Soule

Stash looked at me through his fringe of shaggy hair as I shouted, “Walk on!” He just stood staring at me with a puzzled look on his face. I was standing about 6 feet in front of him and using the voice commands I thought he'd learned. But he was not cooperating.

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