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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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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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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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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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