Living in Missouri

In my last post, I was telling summer to hurry up and talking about how the weather was starting to warm up and school was dwindling down.

Well… I may have spoken too soon because it snowed this past weekend. Yes, I said SNOW on May 3rd. I was suppose to go camping in Branson, MO on Friday and Saturday with my sorority, but we decided for this rare occasion, girls didn’t need to get sick or have to freeze their butts off.

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The past three days have been in the 40’s and even 30’s and today it happens to be 60 degrees. Sometimes I just don’t understand Missouri weather.

On a side note, I only have 7 days left of school! Finals start next week and this week I am busy finishing up classes and preparing for my tests. I am ready to close up this semester and see what the summer has in store for me!

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Hurry Up Summer!

In a couple of weeks it is crazy to think that we will be heading to our first pig show of the year. Going to a pig show is a little more laid back than a cattle show. We don’t have to get up as early and we don’t need as much equipment as we do with our cattle.

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is coming soon. This also means school is coming to a close. I am ready to be home for the summer with family, friends, and my livestock.

Our spring cattle shows are officially over.  April was a busy month, with a cattle show on every weekend. We traveled all over and had many long days. I was very fortunate to have such a successful preview season and I am excited to see what’s to come this summer!

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April is quickly winding down and so are our preview shows. This past weekend we traveled to Owensville, Mo. The weather was nice and it turned out to be a good day when it was all said and done.

We woke up at 4:30 Saturday morning and headed to our cattle show. When we got there we were able to stall in the barn, get our trailer unloaded, and started getting settled in for the day. In a couple of hours, our cattle were washed and laid down for a while before we had to get them ready to show. This day we had two shows with two separate rings and two judges.

Showing cattle involves a lot of effort and time from everyone on show day to get everything pulled off and our cattle shown to the best of their ability. This was a long and eventful day that put us home at midnight, but we wouldn’t change these memories for anything.

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Bigger, Brighter Future

Life is unexpected and thrilling at times. Events happen in our lives for a reason and these are the moments that make us stronger people.  Just as life, showing livestock is unpredictable and thrilling. We not only do it because we love it, but because it teaches us responsibility, the knowledge of determination, and gives us courage.  A 1,000 pound beef animal can teach us more life lessons than our parents can at times.

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Sometimes it is easier to give up, and we all think about it at times when we’re out in the barn ‘til midnight feeding and walking pigs and have to get up at 6 again to take care of things before it gets hot again in the summer. But, we do this because we care for our livestock and whether our end result be the state fair or the county fair; we’re showman and it’s our responsibility to present our animals to the best of their abilities.

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I truly am blessed and fortunate to get to do the things I love with the people I love. Without the determination and competitive edge that I have been born with and taught by my parents and my peers, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have had of being successful in and out of the ring. Throughout my live so far, I have learned that God only challenges us because he knows we can handle it. Showing livestock has made me the person I am today. I have made many networking connections for the future and there is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to be involved in this industry throughout my life.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.”

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Show Cattle Mode

April marks the month of show cattle busyness! Every weekend in April we have a different cattle show in a different location.

This past weekend was filled with a birthday party, family, friends, and a cattle show. Not having class on Fridays in the Spring semester is very helpful to me for coming home for important events and taking care of my cattle to get ready for a show.

Our cattle show this past weekend was in Nevada, Missouri which happens to be about an hour and a half from school, so I was able to leave from there to school and start a new week.

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We left the house at 4:30 in order to make it to Nevada on time and wash and get our cattle ready for the show. This was a very long day of showing and when we were packing up and getting ready to leave it started pouring rain. During this it also started hailing, which slowed us down about 30 minutes to let the storm pass enough for us to load up.

The next 3 shows coming up in April are going to be exciting. I am helping planning 2 of these 3 and it is going to be busy so stay tuned!

How To…

This past week in PR in AG, I was to make a tutorial of how to do something new in social media. Social media is changing around us everyday and the only way to stay up on it is to do it! I chose to do a video perspective on How To… Instagram.

In this video I showed a step by step process on how to comment, share photos, and be engaging on Instagram.

I showed a business perspective on how to use Instagram successfully for your business. This creates close relationships with future and current customers.

I hope you enjoy.

Spring is Here!

Spring is here! However, the weather is not getting any warmer at the moment. There was a chance of snow today back home which is not “spring-like” at all! Hopefully it will turn around soon because I am ready!

However, my brain is most certainly getting ready for spring. This weekend we went to pick out some of our new show pigs. These pigs are about 50 pounds right now and when we get done with them around the middle of August, they will weigh between 270 and 295. This is if everything goes right during the hot summer months. This includes no illness, keeping them cool and eating well.

Another thing that gets me ready for spring is school almost being out! I was informed today that we only have 6 weeks left. This means 5 weeks of school work and one week of the stressful studying of finals week!

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