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11-year-old picks cows over technology

Ag Expo participants express their love for animals

July 23, 2012
  • Abby McDougal
By MyLinh Hoang

Many youngsters these days spend a chunk of their time immersed in technology.

Abby McDougal, 11, of Smithsburg, said Monday that she enjoys spending time with her cows.

“They’re big for me, so it’s kind of hard to show,” said Abby, who was at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. “But, I love cows.”

Abby, the daughter of Dan and Mary McDougal, said she usually needs an adult with her when she works with bigger animals. 

“I like working with smaller animals because of my size,” the pint-sized Abby said, because she can have full control of smaller animals and likes to do everything herself.

The McDougal family raises sheep, market goats, dairy goats and guinea pigs.

“It’s year-round training, so I take them for a walk around the field,” Abby said.

She said she likes to hang out with the animals.

“It’s fun and I get money,” said Abby, who noted she earned about $200 last year showing animals. “I also like working with animals because my friends and cousins do it.”

She will be in sixth grade at Smithsburg Middle School.

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