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Big win at The Big E: Teen Turner and little one take home awards


Sydney Bullard, 16, of Turner, is congratulated in September after winning multiple awards for herself and her 8-month-old Holstein calf, Rainn, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine

TURNER – Sydney Bullard knew from the start that there was something special about the calf she named Brigeen Red-Eye Rainn.

The red and white Holstein was born at the end of January. When Sydney started showing the calf at state fairs in early September, she knew the 8-month-old was at a disadvantage – Rainn was almost two months younger than the competition calves at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

This didn’t turn out to be a problem.

“The way it’s done hasn’t slowed it down at all,” the 16-year-old said. “The family she comes from is known for producing very good cows.”

You can repeat it. At “The Big E,” billed as the East Coast’s largest agricultural event and the nation’s fifth-largest fair, Sydney and her calf cleaned up.

Sydney was named junior red and white pageant champion.

The Open Rouge et Blanc show? She nailed that one too.

On top of that, Sydney was named Master Showman of the Holstein Show.

Sydney Bullard, 16, of Turner stands in September with her award-winning calf, Brigeen Red-Eye Rainn, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Eastern States Exhibition Photo

“She had a very successful week,” said her grandmother, Mary Briggs. “It’s quite an achievement for a young farmer.

Sydney is a junior at Leavitt Area High School. Since she was a little girl she has worked on her family farm, Brigeen Farms, on Upper Street in Turner, where she learned all there is to know about raising and showing cows.

“I was 6 the first time I showed just one,” Sydney said.

Her calf was judged on appearance and phenotype, which includes blood type, color and presence of hair. It was also judged on conformation, which includes desirable and undesirable skeletal and muscular structures.

Clearly, Rainn has a winning line. And it’s clear that Sydney had guided the animal just for the presentation. However, this is not a surprise for his family. Rainn may have good lineage, but so does Sydney.

“She’s the 10th generation to successfully manage cattle,” Briggs said.

She said that, in keeping with family tradition, Sydney will be sent off to college – to see the world, learn more and think about what she would like to do with her future. Will she eventually return to Brigeen Farms?

“That’s definitely my goal,” Sydney said. “I want to get out of New England and maybe the North East for college. I want to go work somewhere else and see different parts of the world and see different farms. But the goal is definitely to come back and carry on the tradition of farming here in Turner.

Upcoming: Sydney and Rainn will be competing at the International and International Junior Holstein shows in World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, which hosts the largest dairy-focused trade show in the world.

For Briggs, agricultural shows are important in particular because they show how young people are bringing agriculture into the modern era. Not everyone realizes that innovations happen all the time on farms across the country.

“They do some pretty damn cool stuff,” Briggs said.

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