Seen and heard at Ag Expo

August 04, 2004|by RYAN C. TUCK

If only there were a dandruff shampoo for animals.

That's what Dustin Olden was probably contemplating Tuesday at Ag Expo after washing his beef steer to get rid of its extensive dandruff.

"If we don't wash our hair, we get dandruff," he explained. "Same with them."

Dustin, who with his grandfather owns Circle D Farms in Sharpsburg, said steer typically will develop dandruff on their heads, back and sides, and it's pretty easy to see.

"They don't have those special shampoos," he said.

Dustin's steer was shown Tuesday evening, along with all other beef steer. Washing, drying and brushing steer is the best way to prepare for a show, he said.


Dustin was considering trimming some hair from his steer's head before the show, but said he had to watch for "the flakes."

If cartoons and Foghorn Leghorn were your only exposures to roosters, you might be a little surprised at the live roosters that noisily greet you at Ag Expo.

At least Alyssa and Abby Howell were.

"They're pretty," Alyssa said. "But (that sound) is annoying."

The more than 20 roosters on display were continuously crowing and squawking Tuesday, and opinions were strong about how they sounded.

"I'd move out (if I lived with that)," Alyssa, 8, said.

Abby, 5, called it "horrible."

Although Brady Smith, 8, of Greencastle, Pa., said he would prefer to keep his alarm than to be awakened by a rooster, he said he liked visiting them.

He told his sister, Marissa, 5, that you could tell what color eggs the rooster would lay by the color of the skin behind its ears.

Marissa seemed to appreciate her brother's knowledge but not the roosters' cries.

"Just don't let it scream in my ears," she said.

Jesse Rabbitt, 8, of Bowie, Md., was almost blocked from his Dad's sight Tuesday after he climbed inside the New Holland LS160 Skid Steer Loader tractor at Ag Expo.

The tractor was one of many on display that visitors were able to pretend to drive.

There were John Deere Gators, Kubotas, a Kawasaki, McCormicks and plenty of New Holland tractors.

"I would want to drive this tractor," Jesse said from somewhere inside the tractor cabin. "But I probably couldn't."

Jacob Lowe's mom, Lisa, of Keedysville, said if her son could, he would be inside one of the tractors, also.

Jacob is 19 months old and only knows a few words, his mom said, but one of them is tractor.

Although years older than Jacob, Jesse said he even needed help to climb into his favorite tractor at Ag Expo - a John Deere 6403 utility tractor.

"I could never handle that," he said.

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