National Dairy Month Highlight – Emily Goode
Celebrating National Dairy Month with Dairy Exhibitor Emily Goode
We’re celebrating National Dairy Month by highlighting our exhibitors, starting with Emily Goode.
Farm kids are built differently. Young dairy farmer, Emily Goode, is the perfect example. Instead of hitting the snooze button on her alarm clock every morning, she spends hours each day feeding, milking, cleaning out pens, clipping hair and working with her livestock. And when she’s done with her chores, she loves spending more time in the barns just hanging out with her cows.
“Raising dairy cattle is not an easy job. The cows have to be milked and the calves have to be fed twice a day everyday no matter what. The animals rely on you for everything they need. While raising dairy cattle is tiring, it is also so rewarding. The bonds with the cattle and the lessons you learn are unmatched,” said Emily.
Life as a Dairy Exhibitor
An award-winning dairy exhibitor, Emily began showing at her local dairy show at age four, advancing to the Kentucky State Fair when she was eight. For her, the Kentucky State Fair barns feel like a second home. She looks forward to competing at the Fair every year.
Emily’s advice to future dairy exhibitors: put in the hours.
“The most important thing to know about raising and showing dairy cattle is that it is an all year, 365 day thing. You have to care for them the same in the winter as you do in the summer. There is no off season. You cannot begin caring for the animals right before a show and expect a good outcome,” Emily said.
As much as Emily loves showing, that’s not her favorite part of being a dairy farmer. She loves watching a cow she raised become a mother, giving birth to its own calf. For her watching the new life develop is nothing short of magic.
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