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On the Road to the Majors: Preparing for a Major Stock Show

On the Road to the Majors: Preparing for a Major Stock Show

After all of your hard work in the show barn, you’ve decided it’s time to head to a major stock show. That’s fantastic! But before you pack the trailer, let’s talk about the excitement, the preparation, and the experience of a major show. Going...
Cattle Showmanship Attire: Dressed to Impress

Cattle Showmanship Attire: Dressed to Impress

  There are varying opinions on what can be considered “proper” cattle showmanship attire. In this article, we will discuss what we consider to be important pieces of the right livestock show ring look so that you (or your young showman) will look the...
Do you need insurance coverage for your show cattle?

Do you need insurance coverage for your show cattle?

I don’t know about you, but insurance coverage for our show steers and heifers is something that has crossed my mind on numerous occasions.  As we gear up to travel to Des Moines for the Maine Anjou Jr. Nationals, I am reminded that sometimes accidents happen...
10 Beef Showmanship Questions to Know (Before the Judge Asks)

10 Beef Showmanship Questions to Know (Before the Judge Asks)

  When showing your steer or heifer, beef showmanship questions are something you will want to take some time to consider in advance.  During a showmanship competition, you will be asked questions by the judge as he or she evaluates your knowledge of the beef...
Show Cattle Hoof Trimming 101

Show Cattle Hoof Trimming 101

  Trimming your calf’s hooves is an important part of animal care. It can also impact your success in the long run. Proper care for your calf and its hooves will ensure that your calf stays healthy and sound during its show season.   Why is hoof trimming so...
Livestock Show Awards and Buyers’ Gifts

Livestock Show Awards and Buyers’ Gifts

  A few weeks ago, I volunteered to be a member of the 4-H and FFA Awards Committee for our county fair. I envisioned myself relaxing at night as I browsed the Internet or leisurely walking as I shopped store fronts, finding all sorts of wonderful livestock show...
Livestock Judging Practice Tips

Livestock Judging Practice Tips

  For many 4-H and FFA youth, livestock judging can be intimidating. It forces youth to broaden their knowledge of all species found within a competition. If the unfamiliarity of species doesn’t make youth nervous, oral reasons do. Oral reasons can be...
Tips to Keep Your Calf Eating and Drinking at Shows

Tips to Keep Your Calf Eating and Drinking at Shows

Have you ever had a calf that won’t eat at the show?  What do you do when your steer or heifer won’t drink?   The horror of hauling your calf to the show only to have it refuse the water bucket and nibble at its feed. We’ve all heard about it,...
Tips for Breeding Your Show Heifer: Part II

Tips for Breeding Your Show Heifer: Part II

  Welcome back to the second and final part of our series which includes tips for getting your show heifers bred. Let’s review what we have already discussed in Part I. The first thing you are going to decide is whether you are going to AI or breed your...
Tips for Breeding Your Show Heifers: Part I

Tips for Breeding Your Show Heifers: Part I

  When it comes to breeding your show heifers, there are several things to consider. Breeding decisions are important since you want to make a profit. In today’s post we will address three of the basics of breeding heifers you need to consider before...
How to Be a Livestock Industry Advocate

How to Be a Livestock Industry Advocate

  Showmen are well versed in the responsibility required to care for livestock. Feeding, pen cleaning, animal health…it is all part of it, every day.   What we don’t often think about is the power that youth involved in livestock showing hold....
Feed Programs: Vital to Show Ring Success (Part III)

Feed Programs: Vital to Show Ring Success (Part III)

  As we discussed in the first two posts, effective feed programs are vital to show ring success. We have learned about creep and transition feeds, as well as grower and developer feeds. In this post we are going to examine the third stage of feeding cattle:...
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