John Stegeman Sports Editor
August 10, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — Marissa Risner, daughter of Mark and Autumn Risner of Minford, took home double honors at this week’s Scioto County Fair.
“I got grand champion in dairy heifer and a milk cow,” Risner said. “They both did really good, and the heifer got the grand champion over all the Holsteins, and so did the cow over all the dairy cows here.”
Risner said she got her animals about two months ago, and considered it a labor of love to take care of them.
“It was fun,” Risner said. “I really enjoyed it.”
Risner said raising a 4-H animal requires a routine.
“We had to go every morning and night to feed them and water them,” Risner said. “They all sat at our house and we had to lead them to water and we fed them every day and night.”
Since dairy cows are not sold at auction, Risner has a plan for the future of her dairy heifer and milk cow.
“I want to raise them to be really good cows and I will probably bring them back next year,” Risner said.
Jake Blackburn, of Minford had the reserve supreme champion dairy female.
“It’s watering and feeding every day, and making sure it has hay, and making sure it always looks good,” Blackburn said. “We have to walk them and get them broke to lead, but you don’t show them every day.”
“Next she goes back to the farm to keep raising her and breed her later,” Blackburn said. “But I’ll go to a couple more shows with her - the national show, and a lot of shows like that.”
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