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    Lemons and Life

    Something hit me the other day as I was driving down the road that made me really think. Someone on the radio was talking about what else you could make with the lemons life gives you, like desserts or cookies. I realized that my first thought about those lemons wasn’t to bake with them, it was to throw them right back at life. This startled me a little because I’m not typically an aggressive guy (and my aim sucks), but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I agreed with myself. Here’s why: Lemons represent the “bad” things that happen to you. Sometimes life gives you…

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    What Not to Do During Sale Season

    It’s an exciting time for producers of all ages. It’s the start of another chance for the purple and hopefully, an investment in the future of your herd. For some though, the excitement is so intense that they neglect to really contemplate the decision they are about to make. Depending on your current situation, the cattle may look different but there are always certain things NOT to do when looking for the next purchase. That’s why I’ve compiled just a few of the most important mistakes to avoid. Do NOT shop quietly Ever hear the phrase, “The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease?” Making…

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    Knowledge in Heartbreak

    The beginning of the show season is always an exciting time for stock show kids and families. You buy an animal and immediately envision a bright future with them; the opportunities for buckles and banners are endless. It’s rare that anyone takes the time to stop and think about the uncertainty of raising livestock, the “what if’s”. At the beginning of the year, I bought a sheep that caught my eye from the moment I saw him. He was everything you wanted in a show sheep; built with all the right parts and the perfect personality to match. I had high, high hopes for him at our state fair, and…

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    My Best Advice

    Whether you are brand new at exhibiting livestock or 3rd generation, my best advice is still the same, “Go!” If you truly want to be successful, you have got to get out, meet people and get to know them. The best way to do this is to go to shows and sales, talk with breeders and exhibitors, and actively participate. Go to every show and sale that you can. The more places you go, the more people you meet, and the more friends you make. At the end of the day, the friendships that you build are the most important. The friendships are lifelong, they are people who will always…