- January 13, 2016
The Manatee County Fair got a moo-ve on Friday night, Jan. 15, when 4-H and FFA members showed their dairy cows.
Fallon Curren, the dairy show judge, said cows are judged on their balance, style and overall appearance, as well as the breed standards for different breeds of cows. Holstein cows, for example, are the most dominant dairy breed and they are judged more critically in the show ring.
Carly Patterson, president of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA chapter, primarily shows pigs. She said FFA has been an educational experience.
"You get an insider look on the market work," she said. "And, it definitely teaches kids responsibility."