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Every Other Memory

We all survived our eighteen hour voyage on Saturday with tired bodies and content hearts. We did pretty well for ourselves at a small show. We came home with the Reserve Champion Chi heifer, the Champion Hereford heifer, and the 4th overall steer on the back of our trailer.

Saturday morning came quite early. We left the house at 4:30 AM. We made it to Nevada around 7 o’clock and started setting up camp. For a while there, it seemed like we were all running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Once we got everything organized, cattle washed, fed and laid down; we had some down time before the show started. Once the show had started, we weren’t as busy as we’ve been in previous shows due to this being a smaller show.

Our cattle were content and hadn’t gotten too hot yet. We’ve trained them well enough to calm down and actually lay down at the show. However, now our next goal is to teach them to NOT lie on their show sides.

There is always something you can do to improve yourself at a cattle show. This may be something as small as clipping something a little tighter, loining your calf at a certain time while you’re in the ring, or moving your calf up a half a step to better present them to the judge. If we all did it perfect every time, what would be the point of going to another cattle show if you already had it mastered. The most important thing to remember when showing livestock is that it’s just one person’s opinion on one certain day. Whether you lose or win, it shouldn’t keep you from trucking along and going to the next one. I think in my head after every show of something I can improve to better the way I present an animal to the judge or even something as small as maybe my heifer needed one more flake of hay to look just a tick fuller.

As I have mentioned before, showing livestock is about the connections and memories you make and the fun you have while doing so. This past weekend was enjoyable and fun with friends and family, and we are all ready for the next one!

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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!