Rincker's family raises purebreds and currently has 75 head of a
combination of Border Cheviots and Southdowns. They sell stock to
other sheep farmers to improve stock lines and maintain the quality
of the breeds.
But they also show their sheep, and now that the
sheep shows are over at the Logan County Fair, he will return to the
family farm and prepare to take animals on the road.
"My brother is in Wisconsin now, and we'll be in
Indiana and Kentucky this summer," Rincker said. "We take 40 to 80 to county fairs
and will take 50 to the Illinois State Fair.
"We'll be in Louisville for the North American International
Livestock Exhibition in November, and that is the
granddaddy of them all -- the biggest livestock show ever."
Rincker explained that champions from the Logan County Fair could
bring $5,000 to $10,000, and the price for individual sheep in the
various classes can be over $1,000.
"These animals can command some real dollars," Rincker stated, "and
there were some good-looking sheep here this week."
Judges for the sheep competition at the Logan County Fair are
invited for two years and are replaced by a different judge for the
next two years. Rincker has completed his second year and looks
forward to showing his own stock at the Logan County Fair in 2012.
[By MARLA BLAIR]