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Schrader doing what he loves

(Brayden Schrader at this week's Livingston County Ag Fair)

Brayden Schrader enjoys helping out on the farm and showing cattle.

In fact, the Prairie Central Junior High student would like to be a dairy farmer when he grows up.

“I’m used to it by now,” Schrader said of showing and doing chores. “It’s more my natural environment just doing what I love.”

Schrader participated in Wednesday’s dairy show at the Livingston County Ag Fair in Pontiac and his two-year-old cow got reserve champion while his heifer received third place.

“I just enjoy being on the farm and helping out,” admits Schrader.

He feeds calves and takes care of his show animals at Erdman Dairy near Chenoa and Schrader’s grandparents are farmers. The 13-year-old is a member of the PC Junior High FFA and has competed in dairy judging and dairy products.

Schrader notes it takes confidence and determination to show animals.

“They can get stubborn at times and it’s good to have someone by your side that knows what they’re doing to guide you along the way.”

It has been a busy week at the Livingston County Ag Fair with the judging of projects, evening entertainment, ag games for 4-H members, livestock shows, royalty crowning, daily attractions and plenty of food options on the grounds. The weather has cooperated so far with sunshine and fairly pleasant temperatures for fair week.

The fair concludes this Saturday (July 22) with a demolition derby in the evening near the grandstand.

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