Showing Dexter Cattle

Getting Ready To Show

show01.jpgMaureen Sellars was kind enough to pen her agenda in getting her animals ready for the show ring. Maureen, who has been showing for many years, has had a lot of experience in handling her animals. And to prove how successful she is, has many many ribbons adorning her walls.

  1. Commence handling your animal at a very young age. Tie up your calf from one week old for an hour or two night and morning.
  2. Another easy way is to walk them to their feed bin or to where their mother is tethered, talking and patting the calf each time. Patience is required and lots of it.
  3. If your animal is several months old when commencing training then the same procedure would entail.
  4. It is much easier if two people are doing the training. Walking behind and clapping your hands will also assist to get them moving. Always reward the animal with a pat or scratch under the chin. (Even if the sweat is pouring off you and they have almost reefed your arm off !)
  5. Another way if on your own is to loop the lead rope around their rump and move them along that way.
  6. show02.jpgShort sessions in the beginning are much more effective. Brushing the animal each day is another good procedure - it calms the them and keeps down the dirt and dust in their coat. That way they become accustomed to being handled and will be much easier to work with.
  7. Washing down each week is also helpful, you don't need to shampoo - just get the animal accustomed to the wash. You may need to clip your animal. To begin with, observe how it is done at shows as there is usually always one person who is clipping their animal. Or watch a friend or group member. Once the animal has been clipped they probably won't need clipping for the rest of the show period. If you are seriously considering showing a fair bit, you may need to purchase a set of clippers. 
  8. Check your routine on tick control and make sure they are sprayed at least twice before showing. The DPI have guide lines on this.
  9. Animals must have been tattooed in both ears and registered before being shown at any A&I Society Show or Breed Show.
  10. When travelling, a weighbill is essential. These are available from the DPI in your area. The DPI will give you a property number which is quoted on the weighbill each time.
  11. I always have a check list - it might seem pretty ordinary thing to do - but so essential.
  12. Check your gear and make sure it is ready for use. Carry a couple of spare nosegrips, leads, O rings, split links as someone is going to need one.
  13. Essentials: Iodine spray, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, leads, nose clips, buckets feed dishes, hose and attachments, chairs for yourself.
  14. Health: Good nutrition is essential. Weather conditions will determine what your nutritional needs will be and there are many organisations and people who are willing to give advice on what your animal will require prior showing.
  15. Last but not least ... have fun !


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Page last updated: 16 Mar 2009