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    What to Get That Hard-To-Shop-For Livestock Enthusiast in Your Family

    With Christmas just weeks away, you are probably still scrambling to finish gathering presents. I’m sure you’ve got a special person in your life that is tore up with the livestock lifestyle. That person who excuses themselves from family dinners to go rinse calves or feed pigs. That person who always has an online sale pulled up on their phone. Or that person who hangs banners or random show posters on their bedroom walls. If you may need some help, I think I’ve got ya covered.   Clothing Clothing is always a good options because of our lifestyle. From paint and adhesive to dust and dirt to, well, some not…

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    Get in a Truck and Learn

      Pack an entire family in an extended or crew cab truck. Don’t forget the cooler and snacks. Suitcases in the trailer in case it rains or snows on the way there. Fight over who controls the radio. Ask if we remembered to pack everything when you are 10 minutes away from home. Fight over who controls the radio. “Are we there yet?” Get to the show and wait in line for a while. Fight over who controls the radio.   Sound like fun?   Well, it may not always be fun, but it can be a learning experience for a stock show family.   When I showed we had…

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    The Power of the Blue Corduroy

    Saturday, October 27th was my last time in my FFA jacket. That morning I woke up a little earlier. I took a little more time to curl my hair and do my makeup. I slid my nylons on with a little more care. I zipped up my jacket a little slower than usual, admiring the pins I had collected over the years, the small spot of sheep slobber on the left sleeve, and the little piece of stitching in my name that had started to come loose. I stood in the mirror and stared at myself in my jacket for a long time, reminiscing on the accomplishments and memories made…