Posts Tagged ‘ livestock ’

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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Bigger, Brighter Future

Life is unexpected and thrilling at times. Events happen in our lives for a reason and these are the moments that make us stronger people.  Just as life, showing livestock is unpredictable and thrilling. We not only do it because we love it, but because it teaches us responsibility, the knowledge of determination, and gives us courage.  A 1,000 pound beef animal can teach us more life lessons than our parents can at times.

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Sometimes it is easier to give up, and we all think about it at times when we’re out in the barn ‘til midnight feeding and walking pigs and have to get up at 6 again to take care of things before it gets hot again in the summer. But, we do this because we care for our livestock and whether our end result be the state fair or the county fair; we’re showman and it’s our responsibility to present our animals to the best of their abilities.

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I truly am blessed and fortunate to get to do the things I love with the people I love. Without the determination and competitive edge that I have been born with and taught by my parents and my peers, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have had of being successful in and out of the ring. Throughout my live so far, I have learned that God only challenges us because he knows we can handle it. Showing livestock has made me the person I am today. I have made many networking connections for the future and there is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to be involved in this industry throughout my life.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.”

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Show Cattle Mode

April marks the month of show cattle busyness! Every weekend in April we have a different cattle show in a different location.

This past weekend was filled with a birthday party, family, friends, and a cattle show. Not having class on Fridays in the Spring semester is very helpful to me for coming home for important events and taking care of my cattle to get ready for a show.

Our cattle show this past weekend was in Nevada, Missouri which happens to be about an hour and a half from school, so I was able to leave from there to school and start a new week.

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We left the house at 4:30 in order to make it to Nevada on time and wash and get our cattle ready for the show. This was a very long day of showing and when we were packing up and getting ready to leave it started pouring rain. During this it also started hailing, which slowed us down about 30 minutes to let the storm pass enough for us to load up.

The next 3 shows coming up in April are going to be exciting. I am helping planning 2 of these 3 and it is going to be busy so stay tuned!

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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Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Just as the snow is starting to melt, home gets hit again with some more. Winter is supposed to be winding down and Spring is suppose to be approaching. What is up with this?

This past weekend we were going to attend a cattle show in Chillicothe, MO, but it got cancelled due to all of the snow and the low temperatures. I am always sad to hear that a cattle show has been cancelled, however, this one was a bit different. I know how tired everyone was of the snow, trying to keep everything going, and getting ready for a cattle show was the last thing on our minds. There are always many more cattle shows that we can be completely prepared for!

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Luckily, this week with all of the snow the calves that were born were in a nice and warm bedded barn. The plan for the next couple weeks are to get caught up on everything, keep our babies healthy, and get ready for the next show!

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!