Posts Tagged ‘ spring ’

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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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!

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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It’s an Annual Thing

Spring break is over and I am trying to get back into the swing of things of going back to Missouri State University. As you may remember, this past week has consisted of getting both bulls and show cattle ready for their respected events. I was able to devote all of my spring break to that, which I am perfectly ok with.

This past week has been muddy, dirty, tiresome, and all of the above. Monday we spend most of the day clipping and working on our show cattle. Tuesday and Wednesday were bull days. We cleaned up about 13 bulls on Tuesday and washed and clipped 3 bulls on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, all of the sale bulls were at the sale barn on display and were almost ready to be sold. Thursday was another show cattle day where we dyed the black cattle and clipped some more. We loaded one trailer to go to the bull sale and one to go to Columbia for the cattle show. Friday finally rolled around and the show cattle crew loaded up 5 calves and took them to Columbia and got them settled in. The others headed to the bull sale.

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I spend my Friday cleaning up bulls and getting everything ready for the sale that took place at 6 o’clock that night. After all of the cattle were sold, we headed to Columbia to switch to show cattle mode!

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Saturday was the heifer show where we showed a Chianina, Hereford, and a crossbred heifer. I received Reserve Champion crossbred heifer and 5th Overall Heifer. Sunday was the steer show and we showed a Mainetainer and a Shorthorn plus steer. All of our animals were presented to the best of their ability to which we were satisfied with. We made new memories and survived a week of bulls, a sale, and a cattle show!

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Once again this was my idea of a spring break that I am perfectly ok with!

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Getting Prepared

Last time I was with you, I was talking about how much snow was on the ground and it felt like it was never going to leave. Well this week is almost the opposite. Everything is a muddy mess! No cattle shows this week, so that means just taking care of cows. However we have a BIG annual event this weekend!

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This time last year was also a busy, busy week with the bull sale and a cattle show all in the same weekend. So not only do we have to get bulls ready, but also get show cattle prepared. Last year, I wasn’t home the week before all of this and I had my spring break the following week so I spent that week getting rested up from the bull sale and the show.

This year is a little different because I have spring break the week before all of this! So I get to help prepare the bulls for the sale and show cattle as well. We are becoming a well oiled machine for this weekend every year. Next year, if the show doesn’t fall on the same weekend again, we won’t know what to do with ourselves!

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!

Twice Makes a Tradition

This past weekend we survived our road trip to and from Cuba, Missouri. We have decided to make this one a tradition. Last year on the last weekend in April, we traveled to Owensville, Missouri for the same show. That year we woke up at 3:30 in the morning and decided to drive to the show. This year, we would like to say we gained a year of knowledge and decided to leave Friday evening. This drive was a lot better than it would have been at 4 o’clock in the morning for all of us.

Who would have thought that every hotel in Cuba, Missouri was booked on this weekend? They were hosting a “Spyderfest” with motorcycles and much more I’m certain.  We got a hotel in St. James, which was about 15 minutes from the show and everything worked out just fine.

Saturday morning rolled around and it was time to show cattle! After everything was washed and fed we had some downtime before we had to start getting our cattle ready and fit up. We had two shows this day with two separate rings and two judges. As soon as you had shown in one ring you just went straight to the other.

We had a pretty solid day with Champion Chi in both rings and 3rd overall heifer in both rings. Champion Hereford in both rings and 4th Overall heifer in one ring. Reserve champion crossbred heifer in both rings, champion shorthorn plus steer in both rings with 3rd overall in one ring and 5th overall in the other ring.

Most of you who read this on a weekly basis are the ones who help me to the show ring every time and/or also to where I am today. You help me in every aspect of my life whether it be doing things at home when I can’t be there, school, or just being there for me to talk too.  Whenever I am in need of something, you never hesitate to lend a helping hand and I will never take those things for granted. I thank each and every one of you who make everything possible for me to accomplish anything I set my mind too.