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Lyons loves showing dairy cattle

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:15 PM

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MADISON, Wis. — Michael Lyons loves showing dairy cattle.

"I've been showing since I was able to walk and able to handle an animal or Mom and Dad were on the halter with me," said Lyons, who is the 18-year-old son of Doug and Lynnette Lyons, who have a dairy farm near Castalia, Iowa.

He's been coming to World Dairy Expo since he was small and showing there for at least seven years.

Lyons, and his sister, Carly, who attends Upper Iowa University to be a special education teacher, showed six Red and White Holsteins at World Dairy Expo.

Lyons was there for the week with their cattle which were tied in with Bobby Hart's string of 24 head consisting of Red and Whites, Guernseys, Jerseys, Brown Swiss and Black and White Holsteins. Helping Hart were Alan Dykshorn of Ireton, Iowa, and Steve Nuttleman of Bangor. Drinkalls of Rushford, Minn., and Blake Bieber of Springville, Iowa, also had cattle in the string.

Lyons is a member of South Winneshiek FFA and shows at the Winneshiek County Fair, District 1 Holstein Show, Iowa State Fair, the Midwest Red and White Spring Show at Jefferson, Wis., and World Dairy Expo. He showed at the Minnesota State Fair for the first time this year. He had junior champion, reserve junior champion and grand champion of the junior show, and reserve intermediate champion of the open show. All his animals finished in the top 5.

While in Madison, he visited with friends from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin and helped them with their cattle.

"I love showing my cattle," Lyons said. "I lead them around at home for 30 minutes every day if I'm not busy in the fields."

Lyons learned to show from his parents and from others in the show ring.

"Every animal is different in how you present them and lead them," he said. "It takes a lot of work and practice."

Lyons' winter heifer calf, Lyons-DL Legend Janice-P-Red, finished fourth in the expo's junior show. His junior two-year-old, Lyons-DL RlyBaby Cakes-Red, was second in the junior show and first junior bred and owned. His 5-year-old cow, Lyons-DL Advnt Gennifer-Red, was also first junior bred and owned.

Carly's summer yearling heifer, Lyons-DL SS Dusk Grape-Red, finished fourth in the junior show and was first junior bred and owned. Her senior two-year-old, Lyons-DL Rlity 7 Winks-Red, was third in the junior show.