ROZELVILLE (WAOW) -- Jamie Wilson spends most of her free time on the farm. She started showing shorthorn milking cattle on the advice of a friend back in 2006.
"I said okay sure I'll try it because it was something new to do," she explained. "And I fell in love with it that year and I've been doing it ever since. I bought my first animal in 2007 and I've just taken off from there."
Jamie now owns 13 registered milking short horns. And she's taking 7 of them with her to Madison next week for the World Dairy Expo. It's a gathering of the elite registered dairy cattle from across the country and Canada. But the days and weeks leading up to the main event are a lot of work.
The cows need to be walked, groomed and milked, usually up to 3 times a day.
"At shows we usually let them go a little bit longer so that they can get their nice full udders so that they're full of milk and the judge can see the potential that the animal has," she said.
But Jamie does have some help. Lori and Richard Haffenbredl let her keep her cattle on their dairy farm in Rozelville. She helps the family friends with chores and milking, and they show her the rope.
"It's sort of a farm incubator," Lori said. "Jamie would like to farm full-time at some point in time and who can afford that these days with prices and stuff? So she can get her start here. It's a way of helping. People helped us when we first started years ago so we'll help her."
And it's that help, Jamie says, that's allowing her to continue doing what she loves.
"I love working with the animals," she said. "And all the different people that you get to meet, they're some of the nicest people that you will ever meet and everybody's very helpful and you get to meet and see a lot of great cattle at these shows."
The World Dairy Expo runs from September 29th through October 3rd. Jamie will join over 68,000 people at this year's event.