Getting your animal ready for the fair is difficult. Tori Barka from the Valley Victor’s 4-H Club explained how to get her market heifer ready for the state fair. Tori explained fitting as “making your animal look the best it can with the use of adhesive’s and paint”. Tori prepared for the fair many months in advance by breaking it to lead, washing it, blowing it out, clipping it, and growing out the hair. On show day, Barka prepares her heifer by washing it out, feeding it, and fitting the animal. Some products that Tori uses are tail adhesive, laser sheer, white paint, black paint, and pink oil. Tori’s advice to future 4-H members “Be prepared to work hard to get a better, more desirable outcome,” When asked about a typical show day, Barka replied that showing is “exciting, nerve wracking and busy”. However, there is a lot more to showing cattle than just the showing itself.
“I learned to fit on my beef animal, and that hard work really pays off,” said Tori Barka while she was preparing to show. Tori is a veteran in the showing world, having shown for the past five years.
When asked what the biggest challenges to showing beef were, she answered “getting my animal to calm down and to lead and fitting, which takes time and needs to be done with care to make sure your animal looks good,” said Tori “It also takes a long time to get really good at it.”
In the future she plans to put her 4-H skills to good use by going to school to become an Ag teacher and also raise horses and beef cattle.
Tori Barka fitting her market heifer before her show at the Minnesota State Fair Friday, Aug. 23. Photo by Taylor Maas.