A Brown County boy didn’t name his 4-H animals for the first time this year.
Unnamed farm animals are easier to avoid getting attached to and are therefore easier to sell at an auction at the end of Johnson County’s fair week, 12-year-old Korbin Heminger said.
He was speaking from experience. Heminger has shown farm animals in 4-H competitions for four years now and previously showed them as a peewee when he was too young for 4-H.
This year, Heminger is showing two meat goats, a sheep and, in the cattle category, a steer. He particularly likes to show goats.
“They’re just more fun. They have personalities. Goats are smart,” he said.
His brother, Austin, 15, is showing four sheep and a cow. Their family bought the sheep and goats in March and the cattle a little before that. The brothers chose their animals, with help from their dad.
Together the boys walk, feed and water the cattle and other animals daily. A few times a week, Korbin caught his goats and petted them so they wouldn’t be afraid of him, he said.
He has had animals that were champions and some that didn’t do well in competitions, he said. Champions tend to sell best at auctions, he said.
“I just hope to do good with my animals and not stand dead last,” he said.
The Heminger File
Who: Korbin Heminger, 12, of the Trafalgar area in Brown County
Parents: Val and Kyle Heminger
What: Heminger is showing two goats, a sheep and a steer in 4-H competitions at the Johnson County fair.