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March 25, 2014

Mini moos: Miniature cattle join junior livestock show

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Although small in stature, they have become desirable for youngsters to care for, train and show. We are referring to miniature cattle. For the first time they will be among animals shown in the Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show in March.

At the home of Kassie and Cody Dowling, near Rusk, we met  "Mabel" , a low line Black Angus, who will be shown in the Peewee Group by Jacob Dowling and in the regular class, 12 months and younger, by Holton Jones.

Members of the Footbridge 4-H Club, the boys and their parents have three cows and three calves in their fairly new herd.

Originating in Australia, the low line Black Angus are desirable because they require less food than standard size cattle, do not demand as much acreage to graze, they seem to be less picky in their grazing plus they don't tear up the pasture as much. They also are a little easier for the youngsters to handle and show.

While Holton and Jacob are working with the cattle and also showing goats, other children in the family will be showing their animals in the show. Jackson and Haylee will also show goats; Makayla will show a pen of rabbits; and Dalli will show her rabbit. Cooper, a two-year-old, will be in the cheering

section.

This family has a nice little ranch for their family and animals and they all say they really enjoy

the place.

At Three Buttons Farm, near Alto, Addison and Kendall Filer are preparing their cow, "Boo",  for show. Addison will show her in the PeeWee  Division and Kendall will show her in Regular, 12 months and younger.  "Boo" is eight months old.

The girls and their parents, Michelle and Dan Filer, who is an airline pilot, have lots of animals on their farm, including a regular size horse, called "Miss Ruby", Great Dane named Jupiter, a crippled cat called " Flat Tire", and  a small dog named "Lulu".  They also have three Belted Galloways, black and white and red and white, which came from Orlando, Fla.

This family recently moved from New York and they say they are delighted to now be Texans. They instantly fell in love with the rolling hills of Cherokee County which reminded them of the part of New York from which they came.

Kendall and Addison have shown their cows in the Jack Pot Show and at Show Star Series , which helps with handling and showing instructions as well as tips on grooming.

They are members of Clover Leaf 4-H Club in Alto.

Braden Hooker, a second grader at West Side Elementary School and a member of Lookout 4-H Club, is working fast to be ready to show his miniature Hereford cows, "Sassy" and "Sweetie" in the event. They will be entered in the open division.

His parents, Nick and Pennie Hooker are looking forward to the other children, Brooklyn and Brylee, participating in future livestock shows as the herd grows. On the six-acre farm the family also raises red waddle hogs.

A mutual friend and advisor in these herds is Amanda Oliver of Jacksonville, who has a herd of ten miniatures. She is looking forward to the upcoming show. When not working with her husband, Chris, with their cattle operation, she is a sonographer. She grew up on a cattle farm and her mother still operates the place with 100 mother cows.

Jim Mayfield also has been instrumental in helping these families find their cattle.

We hope that many people will go to the junior livestock show to see this new addition this year. They are a delight to see.

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