• General

    Take a Chance

    Mary Tyler Moore once said, “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fall in order to practice being brave.” Recently, I took a big chance as I flew from the mountains of West Virginia to the (very) windswept plains of Central Montana. Here’s a little background: for my major, I am required to complete an internship as part of my graduation requirement. I waited a little bit too long (the last semester before I graduate), and here I am, finishing up my internship in Montana. I always knew that I wanted to visit Montana, but I never in a million years thought…

  • General

    4 Things to Help Keep a Positive Perspective in the Livestock Show Industry

      Perspective is defined as a particular attitude or way of regarding something. In a more simplified definition, our perspective is our current frame of mind regarding our current thoughts or feelings. From time-to-time we could run the risk of losing a positive perspective about the livestock show industry.  How do we know what loosing perspective looks like? What are the warning signs? The fun is gone – We seem to have lost the joy in engaging with the industry in one way or another. Things we used to love to do have lost some of their appeal. Maybe we’re second guessing attending a show or we dread the work…

  • General

    Eat, Sleep, Show, Repeat.

    Eat, sleep, show, repeat. This is the slogan of countless youth across America. So many of us are so enamored with showing livestock and everything it has to offer; from banners and buckles to life lessons learned. But one major component of this lifestyle that everyone seems to overlook is the bond that is created between show teams and their families. The “aha” moment when this realization and feeling of gratefulness sinks in can happen at any time, especially when you’re least expecting it. Maybe it’s apparent at a late-night team dinner after a jackpot, when everyone is exhausted but laughter and smiles still fill the restaurant air. Or maybe…

  • General

    Spring

    The most interesting time of the year in regards to livestock. It’s the one time of year that all species are having babies and the excitement for this year’s show string is building. As the end of the show cattle sale season starts to close and baby pig and lamb sales are starting to ramp up, most of the country’s junior showman have their projects picked out. To be successful this summer, it’s important that these juniors understand the three areas that lead to the backdrop: solid genetics, quality feed program, and hard work. When all three of the key areas to livestock production are at adequate levels, hanging banners…