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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!

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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!