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July 26
Showing Cattle: A Family Tradition For Fishers

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Spencer Fisher with his showcase steer, purchased in part by GreenStone at the MLE Sale

All across the country this summer, there will be hundreds of young people exhibiting livestock and dairy animals at fairs and exhibitions. For those who know these hard-working 4-H and FFA members, you know the hard work and dedication it takes to get an animal ready. Supporting these young people in furthering their passion for animal agriculture is one reason GreenStone Farm Credit is an active supporter of local fairs and the Michigan Livestock Expo.​

​For GreenStone customers, the Fisher family of Blissfield, raising and exhibiting livestock is a family tradition involving the whole family.​

“Our family raises cash crops, beans and corn,” says 4-H member Spencer Fisher. “But our hobby is raising crossbred beef cattle. My parents met through showing cattle, so it is something we have always done as a family.”

Spencer has exhibited cattle at the Michigan Livestock Expo the past 6 years, landing the top spot of Supreme champion in 2014 and a respectable 6th place showcase steer this year. He has also exhibited at the Lenawee County fair since he started 4-H at the age of 9.

“The best part of showing is the people I have met,” Spencer says. “I’ve met people from all around Michigan and other states through the cattle. I’ve also learned how to be more comfortable meeting people and speaking in public.”

The work ethic developed through livestock projects is a trait 4-H members like Spencer will take with them through school and their career. 

“We start every day at 6 a.m. working with the cattle,” Spencer says. “Some people think it’s all about the money but it is so much more than that. It’s about working and caring for the animals to make them the best.”

Spencer, a recent high school graduate, plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to study nursing. 


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