Brittany Moorse and her beloved ‘Fairy’ return to the Minnesota State Fair, the site of the cow’s birth.
By Byron Higgin
This is a “Fairy Tale,” about a cow named “Fairy,” because she was born at the Minnesota State Fair.
And it’s about her owner, a young lady who wasn’t willing to sit back and simply earn ribbons and trophies — but to jump head first into the world of farm business and agriculture.
This “Fairy Tale,” will probably have a happy ending — but so far, it’s had a spectacular beginning.
“This is my cow Fairy and her mother calved three and a half weeks early at the state fair, so that’s why she’s named Fairy, because she was born at the state fair,” said Bridget Moorse.
Brittany and Fairy will return to the state fair, this time to show what kind of an animal Fairy really is. “It’s really special for me (to return with Fairy to the state fair) because she’s a cow born there and to see the way she’s grown and that she’s a healthy animal,” Moorse said.
This is her last year in 4-H and she’ll return to South Dakota State University in the fall for her second year of college — so this trip is her last.
She’s far to concerned about her own business to worry about this being her last 4-H trip.
“All the animals here at the fair are owned by me,” she said.
They are all registered and pedigreed animals, she said, adding, “A lot of them out of our own family blood lines that I bought from my uncle so I’ve had them since 2003 when I was 13 and I’ve been making the management decisions on which to bring and what kind of food rations to make and what type of medications to bring,” she said.
She has a “passion” for the dairy industry that won’t let her sit still. She’s in dairy production at SDSU. “The dairy industry is really family oriented and I come from a large dairy family. Both of my parents are from large dairy backgrounds,” she said.
The family influence really helped her guide her determination for the dairy industry.
Moorse was the first dairy princess in Lyon County in 20 years and, “It’s very important to me to make people aware of the dairy industry in Lyon County, so I’ve done a lot around Lyon County to bring dairy awareness,” she said.
When she finishes school Moorse would, “Love to come back to the farm,” or, she’d like to work in dairy cattle genetics or dairy cattle feed rationing.