Audience: 4-H and FFA members, parents and general pubic who want to know the way to properly get a steer ready for a show Setting: 4-H and FFA club meeting
The first thing to be done prior to getting you steer is to gather all the equipment needed such as; steer chute, water hose, bucket, soap, comb, conditioner, and blower. Once you have everything you need, then it is time to bring you steer out and begin to wet him thoroughly from head to tail, be sure to wet his underline, which is the under side of his stomach. This may seem to take a while if your steer has long hair. When you feel the steer is wet enough, then it is time to wash him.
Proper application of soap deeply into the steers hair to ensure clean hair, steer hair tends to dry out quickly so you may have to wet him down while shampooing. Completely comb hair before rinsing the steer. When you have finished combing the hair forward then it is time to rinse the soap from hair. After rinsing pour your mixture of conditioner and water from the bucket over the entire steer. Comb hair in the proper direction, let conditioner in steer for 10 minutes then rinse again. Make sure all soap and conditioner is out of the steer before you start to dry the steer (Bushman, N. 2004).
The drying of the steer is very important in working the hair. Blow hair from rear of steer towards the head. Making sure to get his underline, which is the belly of the steer. Legs should also be blown dry in the same direction as the body. Drying steer hair is like drying your own hair, as in, if you drying it the same way all the time it will begin to naturally go that way from the repetition of drying it the same way (Bushman, N. 2004).
While drying your steer always have a comb with you so you can comb the hair while blow drying him, this will help train the hair to lay in the direction towards the head. Always comb hair forward towards the head. Dry the legs b starting at the hoof and working you way up the leg, blowing the hair forward (Bushman, N. 2004).
Adhesive is sprayed on the hair and combed forward towards the front of the steer. As shown in this picture, white paint has been strayed on the legs to enable the fitter to clip off any hair that needs to be removed to give a uniform shape to the legs. When this is completed on all four legs, the white paint will be sprayed with black paint. All of this is done to create the finished look desired when the showmen walks the steer into the show arena.
Moving your steer in the show arena is very important, stay beside your steer so you don’t cut in front of him which could make him stop walking. Keep his head up to help with his walking stride and give him a nice profile view.
By keeping your eye on the judge and ring man you will know where you are to move your steer and when you are to move him. The ring man is there to help line the steers up when the judge wants to chose the winner in your class, he is also there to help you move your steer if he decides not to walk for you.
After all the hard work that you have done with you steer to have him ready for a show, it really makes you feel good when you are chosen as the winner. Proper preparation will help you reach your goal which is to be in the winners circle at the end of the day. Pictured her is my daughter, Shannon with her champion steer at the 2007 PA State Farm Show, we spend many months preparing for this show by doing everything that I had explained to you in this presentation. Yes it is a lot of work but well worth it if you are chosen champion.
Preparing a steer for a show Karen Braman February 25, 2011 PRES111-1101A-09 March 3, 2011
Proper washing of steer <ul><li>Gather all equipment needed </li></ul><ul><li>Wet entire steer </li></ul>Braman, 2011
Washing of steer <ul><li>Lather </li></ul><ul><li>Rinsing </li></ul><ul><li>Conditioning </li></ul>Braman, 2011
Drying of steer <ul><li>Dry hair in the right manner </li></ul><ul><li>Direction is the key to proper hair management </li></ul>Braman, 2011
Drying of steer continued <ul><li>Drying of body </li></ul><ul><li>Combing is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Drying of legs </li></ul>Braman, 2011
Techniques for fitting steer <ul><li>Adhesive to pull leg hair up to </li></ul><ul><li>enhance leg size </li></ul><ul><li>Fullness of body hair to create </li></ul><ul><li>more volume </li></ul>Braman, 2009
Preparing steer and Showmen <ul><li>Moving of steer </li></ul><ul><li>Keep alert to other showmen and steers </li></ul>Braman, 2011
Show ring appearance <ul><li>Eye contact with judge and ring man </li></ul><ul><li>Know where you are to have your steer </li></ul>Braman, 2008
Conculsion <ul><li>Proper preparation can lead to being chosen for the winning steer (Lindeslivestockphotos.com, 2007) </li></ul>
References <ul><li>Bushman, N. (2004). Preparing your show calf! Retrieved February 20, 2011 from website; http://www. showsteersutah .com/assets/ FittingDEMOADD . pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Linde’s livestock photos. Retrieved February 25, 2011 from Karen Braman personal photo </li></ul><ul><li>Photos @ Karen Braman collection (2007-2011) </li></ul>