New Castle News

August 16, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Teen’s Holstein reigns supreme

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Claire Nye’s cow has a great udder.

That was what judges in the dairy ring at the Lawrence County Fair determined when they presented Bessie with a banner as the supreme cow of the junior dairy show.

Achieving supreme status means Bessie was a better-built cow than any other dairy cow exhibited in the junior show by youths who raise the animals in 4-H or FFA.

In other words, she was the best cow overall among the breeds shown.

Bessie is a 5-year-old Holstein.

Nye, 13, has been showing cows in 4-H for five years and has received grand and reserve champion titles with Bessie. She was surprised when the judges named her cow as supreme.

“I didn’t know I was going to get it,” she said. “I was really happy.”

Bessie was first in her class of 5-year-olds, then went on to take the grand champion in the Holstein show before claiming the ultimate honor.

Nye’s cousin, Travis Moore of Fombell, explained the judges liked Bessie’s “extreme dairyness and the quality of her udder.”

Extreme dairyness means she is cleaner boned and trimmer than the others, he said.

Nye, a seventh-grader at Riverside Middle School, is a member of Sway 4-H Club. She showed four cows this week in the junior dairy show and got third and fourth place ribbons with them.

She planned to compete with her cows in the open show this week as well.

Along with tending to her cows and going to school, Nye plays soccer and basketball and attends Concord United Methodist Church, where she is involved in the youth group.

A daughter of Megan and Dan Nye, she represents the fifth generation at the family-owned Nye Farms in Fombell.

The farm operation involves her grandfather, Keith, her father, and Moore. Several farmhands also help with about 120 milking cows.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)