Have you always wanted to raise an animal for your local fair but you don’t know where to start with the animal. Well here’s some tips that helped me with my animal. If these tips don’t help you than it might help if you do more research or just wing it.
Gain its trust- When you first get you animal it would be afraid especially if it hasn’t been around that many humans. When it’s in its pin just get something to sit on and just stay there for an hour or two, do that everyday until it gets used to you and when it is you can start working with it.
Train It- Lamb= If you have a lamb than you’ll need to halter train it some people put the halter on the lamb and tie it to a post but I won't do that it might make the lamb afraid of the halter. What I did was when her was in his cage I put the halter on him and feed him while he had the halter on it worked for a lot of people in my group. Pigs- I'm not a pig person but the barn I keep my animals had pigs in it and I helped them. So what you want to do is take your pig stick and tap its side gentilly that would help control it and that’s what you do for fair.
Get It On a Feeding/Exercise Schedule- Every fair animal needs to be on a feed and exercise they need to be feed twice a day and exercised once a day. Feed- throughout the project you’ll need to up their feed every two weeks start out with 1 and ¼ pounds and up ¼ pound every two weeks. Exercise- Lamb- At first the lamb would be afraid of leaving it heard so walk it away from them walk for 5 minutes and when it use to it start walking it farther and farther away. Pig- All you have to do is let it out of the pin and walk it with the stick keep it near it pin.
Practice, Practice, Practice- If you want to do good in showing than you have to practice so when you exercising your animal put aside 30 minutes to practice so 30 minutes show practicing and 30 minutes exercising.
If you have a lamb and you don't know how to show them that is how the are supposed to look when you set them up. It will be better if they tense up for the judged it will give you more points.