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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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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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Catching Up and New Beginnings

Welcome back! Last time, I was getting ready for summer and talking about my daily routine. The summer show season came and went and new cattle have replaced the old. (only in the barn, most definitely not anywhere else) Our show gilts have pigged and our show heifers have had babies as well.

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This summer was a very successful one from the county fair to the Missouri State Fair. The Murphy/ Loges show crew took home many awards, recognitions and memories from this summer. Like almost the whole country, Missouri was dry and hot, but we did our best to keep ourselves and our livestock as cool as can be.

This fall was eventful with going back to school, exhibiting at the American Royal, and cattle sales. We have added 5 new treasurers to the show crew with 2 steers and 3 heifers. So far, we have been to one outing, MU AGR, and had a blast making memories.

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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.

Just A Weekend at Home

This past weekend I was able to travel back to the central part of Missouri.  It wasn’t because I had a cattle show, a wedding, or like I had too. It was because I wanted too.  It seems like for the past month or so every time I have been home it was because we had a cattle show, or we had one coming up.

This weekend I was just able to do some dirty work… ok I washed my show cattle once!  The winter time is my favorite time of the year when working with cattle. However, this “winter” is somewhat of an exception considering it only snowed once. You may call me lame, but I enjoy feeding hay in the pastures and just being around them when I don’t have to worry about 100 degree weather.  My show cattle don’t have to be rinsed constantly and be under fans just about 24/7 either.

For quite some time now, we have been getting ready for an annual bull sale. It’s almost here!…  The first step in this process is picking out the better bulls to start getting ready. We brought them up closer to us and started halter breaking them. After we thought they could handle the wash rack, we started washing them and then clipped the bulls. These boys are filthy, mainly DUSTY, when they get their first bath. The wash rack is usually somewhat white (haha), but when we get done with the bull sale, it is just about black.

When the bulls have been tamed, washed, and clipped, it is now picture time.  A vast majority of the bulls are pictured so they can be put in the sale catalog. Then before you know it, it is sale day. Sometimes it is not fast enough, but it is all worth it in the end!

This coming weekend, not only do we have a bull sale, but we have a cattle show in Columbia. This is the MU Block and Bridle’s annual show. This past weekend and week has been and is being spent getting bulls and show calves ready for their events. Once again, this couldn’t be pulled off without the great team we have!

It’s That Time of the Season

It’s that time of the season again, and I don’t mean winter or soon to be spring. It’s cattle showing season! This is our busiest, most tiring, exhilarating, and many more adjectives to say about this time of the year, but that will do for now.

From about January until May we are in full throttle cattle mode. Then we get into pig season, but that is a whole different topic we may talk about later. We attend cattle shows about every other weekend or so and sometimes back to back weekends.

Preparing for a cattle show is also a job within itself. Since I have become a college student last fall, I am guilty of not being able to help out as much as I would like too. I guess you could say I try to make it up at the shows. Getting your cattle looking to the best of their ability starts at home, and not to mention the actual attitude part of a show animal can be quite difficult to tame down sometimes.

We like to say we have rituals when we go to shows. On Friday night we get everything set up and get our cattle settled in. Then we have to grab something to eat before we go to the hotel. We never book a hotel without an indoor pool… of course! Friday nights are usually late and we have to save all of our energy up to swim on Saturday after the show. We show all day Saturday, (wash, blow, fit, breakdown, wash, blow…again). Then it’s eat and swim time. On Sundays we basically repeat Saturday except go home instead of swim.

When we go to a cattle show it’s not about how good you do, but the memories and fun you have with what you’re doing and who you are enjoying and spending it with. [but winning is also way fun too. :)]  Everyone has their own show family and I have to say mine’s pretty first-class! Everyone is there to help each other out and do whatever they can to make things work smoothly.

This may be the most exhausting and tiresome time of the year, but we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. We like our rituals, the good attitudes of our show cattle, our families, and of course the whole season!