National Dairy Month Highlight – Caleb Lipps
Celebration National Dairy Month with Fourth Generation Showman Caleb Lipps
We’re celebrating National Dairy Month by highlighting our exhibitors. This week we are featuring Caleb Lipps.
For Caleb Lipps, raising Brown Swiss Cattle is a family affair. As a fourth generation showman, he’s attended livestock shows since infancy. His mom carried him to his first cattle show at only eight-month old. By the time he could walk, he was ready to show cattle himself, jumping straight from stroller to show ring.
“My favorite part about cattle is being able to spend time with my family showing. My great grandfather started our herd in 1947,” said Caleb.
It’s a lot of work to run a dairy farm. The Lipps family raises a lot of cows, mainly heifers. Fortunately for Caleb, his papaw milks the cows, a twice a day, 365 days a year commitment. Each morning Caleb starts his day feeding his show calves. After that he mucks the pens and adds new bedding twice a day. A dedicated competitor, Caleb spends extra time training his skills and practices leading his calves every free moment he finds in his busy schedule.
“Farming is a way of life. We are passionate about caring for our animals and our land. It requires hard work and dedication every day, year-round. There are highs and lows. Mother Nature plays an important part of daily tasks and getting chores done can be difficult. Agriculture can be a part of everyone’s life but you must first take the first step. Most farmers are eager to share their stories. Just ask!” said Caleb.
At the Fair
The Kentucky State Fair is the place-to-be for any self-respecting Kentucky dairy showman during August. Over the years Caleb has made a lot of friends at dairy shows and the Kentucky State Fair is the perfect place where they can spend a week celebrating their accomplishments while competing for banners and prizes.
What advice does Caleb have for future showman? Stay calm, do your best and winning isn’t the main goal.
“The most important thing to know when showing and raising dairy cows is to never give up. The second you give up, the cow knows it,” said Caleb.
Interested in being part of the Kentucky State Fair this year, visit our compete page for more information.
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