Archive for March, 2013

Showing for a Cure

This past weekend we traveled to Chillicothe, MO for a cattle show, knowing that there was a high chance of snow. This didn’t scare us one bit. The temperatures were chilly and it was quite windy.

This particular cattle show, Showing for a Cure, was much different than the rest because of the cause. All of the proceeds went to the cost to help fight cancer and crohn’s disease.

On Friday night a 5k run/walk took place, the show on Saturday, and a concert following on Saturday night. All of these events were to generate people to coming to such a significant event to raise money for an excellent cause through agriculture.

Being able to take part in this event, and to help out finding a cure for cancer was very important to me. Recently having a family member diagnosed with cancer was a scary thought to me and having so many emotions running through my head at one time. I have personally seen the effects of what this terrible disease can do to individuals and I put my first foot forward and helped raised money for cancer research and crohn’s while making memories at a cattle show!

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Happy Ag Day

Today is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY and an important day to be proud of. This day is not only for farmers and agriculturist, but for the whole nation. Agriculture makes the world go round and this should be shared from ear to ear.

This morning when I was getting ready for class, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and it was full of posts about national ag day. People were sharing how proud and fortunate they are to have agriculture in their lives. This makes me happy knowing that I have so many friends that are as passionate about agriculture as I am.

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People have a habit of taking things for granted and everyone is guilty of this. Agriculture provides us with food, clothing, shelter, and many more things under the moon. We are always surrounded by agriculture and will continue to be!

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It’s an Annual Thing

Spring break is over and I am trying to get back into the swing of things of going back to Missouri State University. As you may remember, this past week has consisted of getting both bulls and show cattle ready for their respected events. I was able to devote all of my spring break to that, which I am perfectly ok with.

This past week has been muddy, dirty, tiresome, and all of the above. Monday we spend most of the day clipping and working on our show cattle. Tuesday and Wednesday were bull days. We cleaned up about 13 bulls on Tuesday and washed and clipped 3 bulls on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, all of the sale bulls were at the sale barn on display and were almost ready to be sold. Thursday was another show cattle day where we dyed the black cattle and clipped some more. We loaded one trailer to go to the bull sale and one to go to Columbia for the cattle show. Friday finally rolled around and the show cattle crew loaded up 5 calves and took them to Columbia and got them settled in. The others headed to the bull sale.

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I spend my Friday cleaning up bulls and getting everything ready for the sale that took place at 6 o’clock that night. After all of the cattle were sold, we headed to Columbia to switch to show cattle mode!

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Saturday was the heifer show where we showed a Chianina, Hereford, and a crossbred heifer. I received Reserve Champion crossbred heifer and 5th Overall Heifer. Sunday was the steer show and we showed a Mainetainer and a Shorthorn plus steer. All of our animals were presented to the best of their ability to which we were satisfied with. We made new memories and survived a week of bulls, a sale, and a cattle show!

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Once again this was my idea of a spring break that I am perfectly ok with!

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Getting Prepared

Last time I was with you, I was talking about how much snow was on the ground and it felt like it was never going to leave. Well this week is almost the opposite. Everything is a muddy mess! No cattle shows this week, so that means just taking care of cows. However we have a BIG annual event this weekend!

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This time last year was also a busy, busy week with the bull sale and a cattle show all in the same weekend. So not only do we have to get bulls ready, but also get show cattle prepared. Last year, I wasn’t home the week before all of this and I had my spring break the following week so I spent that week getting rested up from the bull sale and the show.

This year is a little different because I have spring break the week before all of this! So I get to help prepare the bulls for the sale and show cattle as well. We are becoming a well oiled machine for this weekend every year. Next year, if the show doesn’t fall on the same weekend again, we won’t know what to do with ourselves!

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Just as the snow is starting to melt, home gets hit again with some more. Winter is supposed to be winding down and Spring is suppose to be approaching. What is up with this?

This past weekend we were going to attend a cattle show in Chillicothe, MO, but it got cancelled due to all of the snow and the low temperatures. I am always sad to hear that a cattle show has been cancelled, however, this one was a bit different. I know how tired everyone was of the snow, trying to keep everything going, and getting ready for a cattle show was the last thing on our minds. There are always many more cattle shows that we can be completely prepared for!

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Luckily, this week with all of the snow the calves that were born were in a nice and warm bedded barn. The plan for the next couple weeks are to get caught up on everything, keep our babies healthy, and get ready for the next show!