GARNER | Garett Cash may be young, but he is already an experienced cattle showman.
This was his fourth year bringing cattle to the Hancock County Fair and his first year as a 4-H exhibitor.
Without any older siblings to copy, Garett, 10, of Garner, said he started so young because, “my cousins also showed cattle and I wanted to be like them.”
Garett brought five heifers and one bull to the fair this year, a tall order for a young boy.
The Cashes live on an acreage outside Garner, so they keep their cattle at Wade Humphry's farm. Wade takes care of feeding them in the morning and Garett washes and leads them in the evening.
“I make sure he (Garett) works with them all, it's his project," said Ryan Cash, Garett's dad.
Garett usually starts his cattle as calves before weaning them and working with them more.
“Then I leave them tied up for two days," he said. "It makes them used to the halter and being tied up -- I learned that from dad and Wade.”
Garett earned Reserve Breeding Heifer, Champion Market Heifer and Junior Beef Showman.
When asked what he has learned from his years of showing cattle he said, very matter-of-fact, “Patience, follow instructions, hold on to the calf, carrying a show stick, switching out both hands and - look at the judge.”
The Cashes choose to show at several fairs during the summer, just to see how their cattle stack up. Now, Garett is getting his animals ready for the Iowa State Fair.
“But we enjoy doing this,” Ryan said. “My wife really enjoys it too, but sometimes six (animals) is a little much.”