The Coshocton County Beacon October 11, 2017 - Page 13

OCTOBER 11, 2017 THE BEACON 13 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com Beth Scott | Beacon Zoey Lambert poses with her dairy cow, Pocahontas before entering the ring during the dairy show at the Coshocton County Fair on Monday, Oct. 2. Dairy farming is a family aff air By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – Th ere was a lot of excite- ment at the King family stall during the dairy show at the Coshocton County Fair on Monday, Oct. 2. One of the dairy cows wasn’t feeling up to showing that morn- ing. “She’s feeling the labor pains,” said Chris King. “She’s due to give birth today.” Besides the little calf about ready to make his or her grand entrance into the world, the King’s youngest calf, Peanut Butter, was just three weeks old at the time of the show. Th eir oldest, Trixie, is 12 years old. Th e Kings have had a dairy farm for 26 years and Anna has been showing dairy cows for 14 years. However, the Kings don’t milk their cows. “We leave the calves on their moms,” said Anna. “We raise extra calves so we’ve had one (Trixie) raise four at a time. She’s had her go around with babies. It’s really something to see with all four calves attached to her.” Th e Kings enjoy having their dairy farm, although it can be grueling work at times with very little sleep. Th e day of the show, Chris and Anna said they were up getting their dairy cows ready for the show until after 3 a.m. that morning. “We don’t really have a schedule,” said Chris. “We’re just awake all the time.” To get ready for the show, the cows are washed, shaved, clipped and manicured, and have their ears cleaned. “Th ey get pampered,” said Chris. “Trix- ie knows as soon as you open the trailer what’s coming. She’s been doing this enough years that she knows she’s going to get pampered. You don’t have to lead her; she’ll lead you to her spot.” If running a dairy farm wasn’t enough, the Kings also sell donuts at the fair. Th ey start traveling across Ohio in March to sell donuts. “They get pampered. Trixie knows as soon as you open the trailer what’s coming. She’s been doing this enough years that she knows she’s going to get pampered. You don’t have to lead her; she’ll lead you to her spot.” -Chris King “For us, the mornings usually start at six in the morning and I shut the door last night at midnight,” said Chris. Zoey Lambert is a cloverbud and start- ed showing calves in the open class about three years ago at the fair. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I like ani- mals.” She was there at the dairy show with Pocahontas, her dairy calf. Her family has about 80 head on their farm and Lambert is the great-grandchild of the original dairy farmer. Cortney Ringwalt | Beacon Young crowned queen Rylee Young was crowned Ridgewood High School’s 2017 homecoming queen on Friday, Oct. 6 prior to the Generals taking on Garaway High School. 4-H & FFA Members SAY Thank You! To your buyer! ONLY $10 00 EXAMPLE AD: Coshocton County Beacon Thank you for purchasing my Market Hog. Jane Smith, Anyname 4-H Club 0012_092717 Published: Wed., Oct. 18 or Oct. 25 Deadline: Thurs., Oct. 12 or Oct. 19 The Beacon w w w.coshoc tonbeacontoday.com Positively Coshocton County! 226 Main St. • Coshocton 740-622-4237 • Fax: 740-623-9937 or e-mail Tara at tara@coshoctoncountybeacon.com Ads must be prepaid. • Other Sizes Available