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All set for the big animal show

Friday, July 20, 2007

Ashley Linton (right) loads a wheelbarrow with bedding for her cows with a little help from brother Kody at the Clay County 4-H fair. CC Brackman photo
This is the second year for 4-H member Ashley Linton to show her animals at the Clay County 4-H fair, and the first year she'll be showing beef cows.

Last year, Linton won champion in her division for her pigs. This year she's hoping for the trifecta. She'll be showing Short Horn cows, pigs and sheep.

"This is really fun, and I'm going to keep doing this," Linton said. "I was sad when the showing was done last year."

Linton will be showing a 1-year-old and a 6-month-old. Then she has big plans for the cows.

"One of them I'm going to breed, and the other I'm going to eat," Linton said. "I name them, raise them and Kody gets to ride on them, but I don't have a problem when it's time to take them to the butcher."

"Actually, the kids seem to eat better if they know who it is they are eating," Ashley's mother, Valerie Linton said. "It sounds sick, but they understand how this all works, and don't get attached."

While the whole family pitches in and helps, Ashley is the one who takes her responsibilities to heart.

"Being in 4-H has made me more responsible. I do a lot of hard work, but it's worth it," Linton said.

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