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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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Tradition

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!

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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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!