Have you 'herd'?
While some Sandy students are just trying to soak up the last rays of summer before school starts, Carter Wallace is hard at work.
Next week, Aug. 13-17, Wallace will be one of many in Clackamas County flocking to Canby to showcase their livestock and showmanship skills in the Clackamas County Fair.
His animal of choice is dairy cows, which he boards at Cloud Cap Dairy Farm in Boring. After starting out in equestrian, Wallace has shown cows for five years. This year at the fair, Wallace is looking forward to his second year in the intermediate division of judging.
The Collmans at Cloud Cap are actually to blame for Wallace's change of heart.
"I was invited to show dairy cows, and just started doing it," he noted. "I always loved cows and farming. Ever since then I just liked it more."
Before he began showing dairy cows, he bought and sold a few beef cattle, but he prefers getting to keep the dairy cows and continue to work with them. He has four cows at Cloud Cap.
He likes showing, mostly because he's "always thought it was fun to be around people and cows."
"I had no clue other than what I knew from showing horses at first," Wallace admitted. "I had a lot of little challenges. With horses, I don't think I really wanted to do it. I don't like riding as much as I used to."
The increased interest Wallace has for showing cows has been recognized by judges in the past few years. In 2017 he received first place in showmanship, and in 2018 he received second place.
Though many kids end up in the agricultural world because it runs in their family, Wallace is an anomaly. His father grew up in California, and though his mother is from the area, she didn't have the experience of showing livestock.
For Wallace, the country life is just preferable.
"I don't really like being in the city," he said. "In the country it's quiet, and I don't like a lot of busy stuff going on."
He's not sure what he'll do after high school, but for now, as an incoming freshman at Sandy High School, he's looking forward to participating in Future Farmers of America this year, besides 4-H.
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