Looking good at the fair

Early Tuesday morning Danae Vachal, of Ross, was beside one of the barns at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot washing her Simmental, one of the various breeds of cattle at the fair.

Other cattle owners were nearby also washing their livestock.

One of the regimens for showing animals at the State Fair is to have them looking good.

Danae, a member of the Mountrail Eagles 4-H Club in Mountrail County, said she’s been showing at the fair since she was 7. She’s now 13.

Showings of livestock, including 4-H and FFA, are on the schedule throughout this week of the fair.

When Danae shows her animal, the judges will be evaluating it on the basis of meat production. According to State Fair information on beef cattle judging, importance is placed on the animal’s size for its age and growth potential. Desired characteristics are ample substance of bone, length of leg and body, evidence of muscling in shoulder, rump, back and thigh, good skeletal conformation, sound feet, legs with no deformities and muscular bodies with high fat content.