Farm Horizons, November 2008

Mayer teen's cow brings home state fair prizes

Tanner Luebke’s cow won in three categories at the state fair last summer

Caroline Wigmore
Staff Writer

Thanks to Tanner Luebke’s hard work taking care of his cow, Izzy, a registered guernsey, he won four prizes at the state Minnesota State Fair this year for 4-H.

Luebke brought his cow to the state fair from his family’s farm in Mayer, and won the junior Guernsey championship award, the reserved champion in net merit class, and the junior showmanship championship award.

Luebke is the 13-year-old son of Tom and Jody Luebke, who are very proud of Tanner’s prizes.

“Tanner does the evening heifer chores and has fed the calf (Izzy) since it was a baby,” Jody said, praising Tanner for all his work around the farm. Tanner is the youngest of three children, and as the older two(Lindsay and Brady) have left home, Tanner has taken on a lot of responsibility with farm chores. “He does a lot,” Jody said.

“I’ve been working with cows since I was 5 or 6,” Tanner said. He enjoys the process of getting a cow ready for a show and considers competition, and particularly winning a competition, to be very fun.

A cow has to undergo a series of procedures before a show, Tanner explained.

First, Tanner washes the cow so that it is totally clean, then clips the hair, and then applies a product that works a lot like hair spray to the cow’s hair from its head to its tail.

Tanner looks forward to competing again in next year’s state fair with his cow.

Not only does Tanner keep busy with the farm work, but he also enjoys football, basketball, and baseball at Zion Lutheran School, where he is in the eighth grade.

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