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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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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!