What do I need in supplies?
- A rope halter; make sure that it is properly sized to the animal you are working with.
- A neck tie, It is often that calves get loose from their halters while tied up at a county fair.
- A show stick, most people can use a 54 or 60” size. Adjustable and 2-piece show sticks break more often than not, a solid, 1 piece show stick is ideal.
- The type and quantity of daily hair care products really depend on how much emphasis you want to put into your animals hair coat. Costly livestock shampoos usually dry the skin out on your animal, ultimately leaving poor hair and skin quality. A gentle human shampoo will keep them clean without removing the calves’ natural body oils. Bright lights bluing shampoo will whiten any dirty stains that need removed. Calves should only be washed once a week at most, rinsing hair can be done as often as desired. Use a sheen product and oil spray for daily care and hair training. Rice root brushes and plastic scrub brushes will stimulate the hair to grow and train hair when used properly.
- There is a wide variety of combs now available. The most popular combs today are the plastic toothed combs because they will not poke the exhibitor or calf.
- The most basic show halter is black leather and silver/chrome hardware. There are now options for brown and off-colored breeds of cattle.
- Andis 2-Speed Clippers have become ideal for any situation with the new variety of blades available. “Medium Blending Blades” are a good size to clip calves body hair, blend in the tight spots, as well as shave their face.
- To get hair to “pop’ on show day, wash and blow dry the animal. Then brush in your products of choice, and blow in with a cattle blower.
Daily Care and
The best time to start preparing for shows is as soon as possible! Like any other livestock, cattle learn at a very young age.
The best way to teach an animal how to be shown is practice and repetition. The more you work with your animal, the easier it will get to show them.
Morning and evening are the best times of the day to work with your animal, as the temperature is generally cooler during those times, especially in summer months.