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Troy: Twins Learn Life Skills Raising Livestock For Bell County Youth Fair

By: Kristin Gordon Email
By: Kristin Gordon Email

February 1, 2013 (TROY)- The Bell County Youth Fair kicks off this weekend at the Bell County Expo.

This is the sixth year for twins, Kelley and Courtlyn Ranly, who started off with a couple of goats, but today have over 50 livestock animals to care for.

Chickens, sheep, goats, horses and pigs consume the Ranly's mornings since they have to get up at sunrise to water, feed and groom the livestock.

It teaches you a lot of responsibility to get up every single morning on your own alarm and come out and get everything fed and watered," said Courtlyn. "And then you go on to school, come back and do it all over again."

The twins will start off Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center showing horses and racing and will continue through Thursday showing off their livestock. "Courtlyn and Kelley started to show livestock since both their dad and I did it when we were in school," said Mikel Ranly, mother of the twins. "We both have agricultural degrees so we thought we would bring them up in that lifestyle.

It's something that they have a passion for... its their sport... their thing that they love to do."

The twins say they have about 30 buckles and over 160 ribbons from assorted livestock shows and rodeos.

"It's awesome to go and see your work pay off when we win a buckle or get a ribbon," said Kelley. "It's really cool because you just can't go buy a buckle that says champion on it."

It's a huge responsibility, but the twins don't seem to be slowing down or show any inclination they want to let up on their duties.

"They love to see the animals they get as 25-pound babies and watch them grow up to be market animals," said Mikel. And when the animals need medical attention, Kelley and Courtlyn have learned how to treat and nurse the sick and injured back to health.

"One of our lambs went down with white muscle disease," said Kelley. "We had a really hard time getting him back on track, but he made it through and ended up doing really well at show."

Kelley and Courtlyn, who are members of the Bell County 4-H, also like to judge livestock and teach others how to raise and care for market animals.

They even own a business called Twins Livestock Products.

They make sheep and goat blankets, socks, halters and other accessories.

The twins also raise and sell ewes for funds to help pay for their competition fees.

Courtlyn would like to become a pediatrician or large animal veterinarian.

Kelley has hopes of becoming a large animal veterinarian.

The schedule for the Bell County Youth Fair, auction sale and PRCA Rodeo can be found at: http://agrilife.org/bellctyyouthfair/schedule/
The Facebook page for Twins Livestock Products can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Twins-Livestock-Products/249079668467140


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