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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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My Idea of a Spring Break

Where do I begin… This week I spent all of my time working at home. While most college students spent their spring break on a beach, I spent my moving cows and working with my show cattle. Of course, I would much rather do that than do the same thing for 5 days. Sure one day would be great, but I am perfectly fine where I am!

It also rained A LOT this week. Everything that was dirt and easy to walk on, soon became knee deep mud and we had numerous puddles.

This week was pretty laid back, however in a way, it was busy and it really flew by. My sister, who is a freshman in high school this year, was scheduled to have 4 softball games this week and they all got rained out except for 4 innings on Monday. So I booked my evenings with other things. We started our pig adventure on Thursday. We went to Thompson, Mo and picked out a couple potential show prospects. We all became pretty excited for pig showing season!

Saturday was our big day of working cows. I wish I had some pictures to show you, but I left my phone in the truck. I figured this was a wise decision considering I was on my horse, getting cows up, and messing around in the mud. I also lost my boot a couple of times in the mud, but I recovered. We rallied up cow calf pairs and moved them closer to make it more convenient. This is so the cows can be artificially inseminated this spring so they can have another calf crop.

This coming weekend, we are kind of switching gears from the mud to a cattle show. This is not quite as “messy”. Or however you may take it. We are traveling to Nevada, Mo and it should be an exciting time as always!

I wouldn’t change my spring break for anything. I had fun spending time with my friends and family, working in the mud, and riding my horse! Maybe some time in the next three years I will travel to the beach on a spring break, but until then I will continue to live the farm life.

Remember Where you Come From

Some advice I got standing in the middle of the pig barn at the Missouri State Fair from my so called “big brother” was “remember who you are and where you come from”.  At this point I was saying my goodbyes getting ready to head off to college.

This has definitely stuck with me from moving from a small town of 1200 people to a semi-large town of Springfield. The little things get me from just doing chores every night to instead doing homework or just hanging out with friends. I am an energetic person and I have to always be doing something and sometimes while at college I find myself under some boredom.

This past weekend I went back to my hometown due to a wedding and my heifer, Paris, yes like “Hilton” she was a little high maintenance, I had shown this past summer was getting close to calving. I waited all weekend and it became Sunday night and still nothing. So, unfortunately I had to head back south. Monday afternoon I got a phone call that Paris had her heifer calf in about 2 inches of snow. They took her into the basement and dried her off with a hair dryer. I appreciate that I have such good friends and family who can rally round when it is needed. This is a memory added to my growing cow herd.

The thing about agriculture that has always suck out to me and always seems to amaze me is that you never know what tomorrow will bring you.  It isn’t always easy and many obstacles come up along the way. With hard work and dedication they can be achieved. My experience in the agriculture industry will continue to help me to grow and prosper in this field.

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The Beginning

My Two Way Trail…

Definition: My passion for Agriculture divided between two different homes.

What do I mean when I say “two different” homes? This is how I have been raised since my freshman year in high school. My mom lives in town and my dad still lives on the 20 acres I was raised on.  When I am “living” in town I am still the same ol’ country girl I have always been. However, I don’t have the option to go to my backyard and rinse my heifer or feed my pigs vanilla wafers. My hobbies or “pocket drainers” as my dad may say, allow me to spend the majority of my time on the farm and with my dad. My mom is still very supportive of my livestock habits, but she isn’t as engaged. Agriculture is bred into me and always will be.

I am employed by Murphy Cattle Company. I help with just about anything on the farm from helping with elementary homework to pulling calves in 10* weather. I consider this more than just a “job”. It has been a family relationship since the beginning. I have been much more engaged in the cattle industry due to this “job”. We also attend many cattle and pig shows together throughout the year. I have found yet another passionate aspect to this industry we call Agriculture.

Later on in my blog, I plan on sharing more with you about my so called double life, mentioning some helpful advice, and I may even throw in juggling school, work, and family. So jump on the bandwaggon of blogging with me and see what life has to bring us!

–Taylor