• General,  Stock Show Life

    Stock Show Kids Say the Darndest Things

    Stock show kids. A special kind of kid indeed. Kids that learn hard work and determination. Kids who make friends from all over the country. Kids who, when they speak, can make their parents swell with pride or turn bright red with embarrassment. Yep, those stock show kids say the darndest things. “Who are we eating?” A valid question from any stock show kid who has ever shown a market animal. Yes, that juicy hunk of beef or tasty tenderloin on the kid’s plate was once their beloved steer or barrow. Yet they have accepted the animal’s purpose and are thankful, be it curious, about which animal is so delicious.…

  • General,  Stock Show Life

    Sometimes They Just Don’t Get It

    Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve had to change or cancel plans because of your livestock? Growing up this was a struggle that I faced daily. From weekend shows to feeding my animals, there always seemed to be an obstacle that I needed to tackle in my weekly schedule. Sometimes that obstacle was having to sort out my priorities and cancel different activities. Sometimes it was trying to fit in sports practice, feeding, and a FFA meeting all in one night. However, these were all things that I could handle. The greatest obstacle that I never seemed to conquer was when others didn’t understand my dedication. Individuals…

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    A Very Dairy Situation

      For most of us, the thought of losing our way of life is the farthest thing from our mind. But for the majority of American dairy farmers, that’s a huge reality. The dairy industry is suffering a devastating economic shift that’s forcing some to throw in the towel. As fellow animal agriculturists, it’s critical that we understand the situation, support them however we can, and do our best to prevent the situation in our respective industries. Whenever an entire industry goes through any economic shift, especially as significant as this one, there are several factors that play a role. The most significant typically is supply and demand. We have…

  • General,  Stock Show Life

    Stock Show Mom

    She’s up late with the last load of laundry, waiting on the good socks that don’t end up in the toes of the show kid’s boots. She hangs the rest of the show clothes by the door. Ironed and ready. Belt and boots to match. She packs the show day snack bag. She even throws in some fruit just to make herself feel good. She makes sure the show day cooler is stocked with drinks that don’t leave the show kids with blue or purple faces. She’s in the barn working hair. Rinsing and brushing. ProHair and her favorite scotch comb are her preferred tools. A mixture of new innovation…

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    #BeKind; Stock Show Edition

    If you haven’t heard of the #bekind movement, I suggest you look into it. Right now it is mostly in schools to help combat bullying and violence. I don’t think think that bullying and violence are necessarily problems in the Stock Show world, but has being kind to other people ever hurt anyone? Being kind can only elevate this industry and demonstrate leadership to others. The essence of the movement is view your attitude as a choice. It’s not fun to be on either side of the opposite of kindness. You always have a choice, so choose to be kind. So you can be kind when attending stock shows as well.…