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2018-06-13 / News

Cattle Wash Rack Upgraded for Fair

By Melissa Johns


Delaware County Fairgrounds’ upgraded dairy cattle wash rack will feature a middle wall with room to tie several cattle at a time. 
Melissa Johns/The Reporter Delaware County Fairgrounds’ upgraded dairy cattle wash rack will feature a middle wall with room to tie several cattle at a time. Melissa Johns/The Reporter WALTON- In preparation for this year’s Delaware County Fair agricultural guests, a new dairy cattle wash rack is being installed this month. Laborers from Ben Reynold’s Construction Co. poured and prepared the 36-inch by 80-inch concrete floor and middle wall last week and Cammer Construction, Inc. presumes to complete the timber work by the end of June, according to Jason Craig, fair board secretary.

This project was funded by a $98,000 grant through New York State Department of Ag and Markets.

According to Craig, “Each fair in the state qualified as a part of a five-million-dollar fair infrastructure grant package. This is the first of three rounds of funding from the state to help rebuild or promote agricultural related projects.”

The wash rack renovations were needed, said Craig, as the previous one was in disrepair and too small for the number of cattle herded onto the grounds annually. The Delaware County Fair hosts one of the largest dairy shows in the area and features 4-H exhibits and more than 230 animals. This expansion will provide more convenient accommodations for cattle exhibitors.

Walton resident Ashleigh Murphy brings five to ten dairy cows from Shadow Valley Farm to the fair each year.

She thinks, “A new wash rack will be extremely helpful. There is an astonishing number of dairy exhibitors, which is fantastic, but it gets a little tricky at the wash rack every morning.”

Murphy went on to say, “We didn’t have much room to work and we are on a pretty tight schedule in the morning - between cleaning the animals’ beds, feeding, milking and washing of course. Unless you get up at 3 a.m., it’s a fight to get a spot.”

Other than general building and roof upkeep, Craig said no other projects are planned for the grounds this summer, however, possible water line replacements are on the horizon for next year.

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