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A2O-Lancaster Farming, Friday, January 6, 1995
Brant Siblings Prepare Steers For Farm Show
GAY N. BROWNLEE
Somerset Co. Correspondent
ROCKWOOD (Somerset Co.)
The loud buzz of his electric
blower cut through the quiet of a
peaceful Saturday afternoon as 13-
year old Jesse Brant used the man
made machine to ruffle the wet
coat of his black steer, Bubba.
A green water hose lay
stretched and twisted on the
ground nearby, a seeming indica
tion that Bubba’s most recent
business had been a good sham
Bubba is a Maine Anjou cross.
Over by the three-sided, open
Jesse Brant, Rockwood, Somerset County, is rinsing and
blowing his steer, Bubba, who will be shown at the Farm
Show. The Maine Anjou cross was purchased from Freddie
Weaver, Lancaster County.
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ended barn, another, larger steer
stood tethered. Thick and muscu
lar, the Chi Angus cross, named
Twin, bore an underlying impa
tience, although he stayed quiet.
His owner is 14-year-old Jill
Brant, Jesse’s sister.
With the Pennsylvania Farm
Show in view, the sister-and
brother team have been propping
and priming their steers for the
best exhibition possible in the
Diet, exercise, grooming and
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important ingredients in having
good steers to show, they said.
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ant and her brother, Jesse, said they would love to show their goats, in addi
tion to their steers, at the Farm Show each year, but can’t because of scheduling.
They have 20 goats in three breeds Saanen, Nubian, and La Mancha. When the
goats are producing milk, they have to milk them before going to school.
The steer’s hair is also impor
tant, said their father, Dave Brant.
“We turn the steers out at night to
grow hair,” he said, “because cool
weather aids hair growth.”
Somerset County, being moun
tainous, is among the cooler areas
of Pennsylvania. And, as Brant
mentioned, Mount Davis isn’t far
from their home at least, not the
way the crow flies.
Mount Davis, at 3,213 feet
above sea level, is the state’s high
est point. Knowing that, it seems
reasonable to expect prevailing
cooler temperatures on most
nights, so the hair growing on
Twin and Bubba ought to be just
dandy by Farm Show week.
The kids said they’re quite
comfortable showing their steers
at the big, annual event. This will
be their third year. “It’s pretty
much like any other show,” they
said, but added they have made
friends who are always fun to see
and exchange news with.
“We always stay in a motel
with dad, but this year we may
stay with some relatives,” they
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To go to the Farm Show is fun,
you get out of school, was Jesse’s
typical, teenaged observation.
“The Farm Show is an opportu
nity I never had as a kid,” said
Dave, who was in FFA during his
It’s disappointing that their
mother; Carol Sue, can’t support
the kids at the Farm Show in per
son. Besides taking care of their
brother, Andrew, there are too
many responsibilities at home for
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