Cleanliness is key when showing cattle at the Lorain County Fair.
Judges Kevin Micalovich and Keith Topp said their contestants are expected to have clean and well-behaved animals as they enter the open class cattle ring.
Both judges grew up showing animals and said they know the importance of having well-groomed animals.
“It represents the product itself that much better to the public eye,” Topp said.
The control a contestant has over an animal is also important.
The judges scores drop if a cow is leading its human.
“The main thing is presentation,’ Micalovich said.
The judges also look for refinement and balance in the cows.
Flat clean bones, strong legs and hooves, and quality utters are what Micalovich said he looks for.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.