A Hobart teen and his Holstein were among the big winners at the 67th annual Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show. It was held July 6-8, at the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds in Cooperstown. There were about 250 exhibitors and 550 animals showing dairy cattle, dairy goats, sheep, beef cattle and swine, officials said.
Brett Post, a junior at South Kortright Central School, and the eighth-generation on his family farm, won The Farmers’ Museum Cup for Best of Show Dairy for his 2-year-old Holstein, Kulp-Gaton Braxton Ruth-ET. Amanda Cranwell of Oneida County won The F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Cup for Best of Show in the beef, swine, and sheep categories for her beef steer, Herbie. The Farmers’ Museum Dairy Goat Cup for Best of Show Dairy Goat went to Victoria Opalka of Montgomery County showing her Lamancha, CH Mountaindale Tootsie Tiffany, according to a media release.
Post said Monday he has been showing cows for 12 years. This is his sixth year participating in this show. Although he has won first place a couple of times, “it’s still exciting. It’s a great feeling,” he said. He is hoping to go to college for dairy science and work on the family farm. He attends four or five shows a year, including the Delaware County and state fairs. It takes a lot of effort, he said, but he likes working with the animals and meeting people at the competitions, and he hopes this win is a good omen for future success.
The dairy entries are the biggest segment of the Cooperstown show, with 241 entries, said Meg Preston, who coordinates the show for The Farmers’ Museum. With all the different breeds being shown, winning is quite an accomplishment, she said. Though there are some smaller shows, this generally marks the start of fair season in this area, she said.