This spring was the first year I got to help out with the Dairy Classic event. It was an eye-opener for me. Every Agriculture (Ag) event is different and has many small details to keep the animals healthy, and that are also very specific depending on the type of event. A dairy event, for example, is completely different from a team roping event or a horse jumping event, even though they are all in the same class of events – Agriculture.
I had no idea how hard the dairy industry works and how much detail and thought goes into producing our dairy products each day.
One item that really impressed me about this event specifically was how incredibly hard the farmers work. They are up before 4 a.m. milking each day, and they milk again later in the day. They also work hard throughout the day keeping their animals comfortable and healthy. This was especially evident as I walked through the barn one day and noticed the farmers catching small naps on the hay bales. They had been up so early and working so hard that they needed to catch up a little bit. Witnessing this really made an impression on me, as I had no idea how hard the dairy industry works and how much detail and thought goes into producing our dairy products each day. Being able to help out with this event and watch what it entails created a new level of respect to the already high level I had of the agriculture industry and how amazing and important it is.