Nichole Hannahs

Busy Day in the Sheep Barn

by Nichole Hannahs on August 16, 2011 at 5:06 am

It’s a busy day for the 4H members in the sheep barn as the Junior Fair Sheep Show took place Tuesday morning.

4H members prepped for the show by washing down their animals and doing some last minute grooming. Laila Richards showed sheep for the first time at the Muskingum County Fair. She said she wanted to show sheep just to try it out. She took home a blue ribbon for first place. Previously she showed horses.

"A horse you have to take out in a ring and ride, but sheep you take out into the ring and set the legs and brace them," said Laila Richards.

Laila’s cousin, Emily Corder is also showing sheep for the first time. Like her cousin she took home a first place ribbon. She said judges pat attention to sheep’s muscles and how big they are.

"You just kind of have to work with them everyday and try to get them to do good," said Emily Corder.

Both girl said the hardest thing about sheep is keeping them in control while in the ring. Laila’s sheep, Blaze and Emily’s sheep, Wooly and Booly will be up for sale Thursday evening.