Bailey Bivens: Learn about the future of ag and our county |

Bailey Bivens: Learn about the future of ag and our county

As the 2015 Nevada County Fair is about to officially begin, I want to give the perspective of a youth fair exhibitor and explain my take on my experience with market animals.

On the day we first get our market animals we know what the end result will be. You see, these pigs, steers, lambs, and goats are birthed and raised with the sole intention of being meat nutrition for families regardless of who is raising them. The fair animals just happen to get the luck of the draw and get to be pampered throughout their entire lives! They are exercised, washed, fed with the highest quality feeds, and given social interaction everyday they are with a 4H or FFA exhibitor. They are loved on and given attention in every way. They get shampoos and conditioners more expensive than what I use on my own hair as well as haircuts more intricate than any human hairdo. They get blow dried, spiffed up, and looking their best throughout their entire lives.

These animals also get the pleasure of seeing us exhibitors in all forms from 5 a.m. PJs, dirty Crocs and bed head, to us decked out and done up in our whites on sale day. Of course we make relationships with these pigs, sheep, steers, and goats but at the end of the day, fair exhibitors know that we gave these market animals the best life they could have possibly had.

So enjoy the fair and come visit the animal barns! Feel free to pet them and ask exhibitors any questions you may have. We all want to bridge the gap between the agricultural world and the general public. We have an amazing community and want to be as informative as possible for the future of ag and the future of our county. #catchthefairbug

Bailey Bivens

Nevada County

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