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Fair exhibitors take extra precautions to keep animals cool



Ryan Schlimgen of Barre Mills shows with Pleasant Valley 4-H.

In light of extreme weekend temperatures, La Crosse County Interstate Fair exhibitors went above and beyond their typical chores to care for their livestock.

Carter Horstman has been showing pigs with his family since elementary school.

His fair duties start well before July. Horstman said he helps on his uncle’s farm to earn the right to show. He starts working with his select animals in June, walking them twice a day while juggling football and other extracurricular activities.

“I think it really teaches you a lot of responsibility, and it is really fun to do it too,” Horstman said.

Ryan Schlimgen of Barre Mills shows with Pleasant Valley 4-H.

Horstman said pigs cannot naturally cool their bodies with sweat, so they had to step in to help.

“When we got them here, we fed them electrolytes, put up three big fans, and we rinse them down three to four times a day to keep them cool,” Horstman said.

Over in the beef barn, Ryan Schlimgen of Barre Mills shows with Pleasant Valley 4-H. His dad encouraged his involvement with the fair.

“It’s been pretty fun every year getting to show and getting to know your animals,” Schlimgen said. “It is nice to show with family and create that fun atmosphere here.”

Understanding the needs of his animals, Schlimgen said they have been running extra fans in the barns, providing plenty of fresh water and rinsing his animals multiple times a day to keep them cool.

More than 620 exhibitors participated at the Livestock Interstate Fair, an increase from 2018.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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