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

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

A successful beef project relies on an effective feeding program. It’s important to know about the different types of feeds and their purposes. Everyone has his or her own opinion about brands of feed, but the foundation is the same. There are three stages in...
Feed Programs: Vital to Show Ring Success (Part I)

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

An effective feeding program is the secret to show ring success. Therefore, it’s important to know the different types of feed and their purposes. Everyone has his or her own opinion about brands of feed, but the foundation is the same. There are three stages in...
Show Mom Wisdom

Show Mom Wisdom

  Our daughter, a high school senior, was recently asked to speak to 8th graders to persuade them to join FFA. This made me reflect on our experience and made me sad to think her showing career is coming to an end. Our daughter began showing her beef heifers when...
Beef Industry Careers: Life After the Show Ring

Beef Industry Careers: Life After the Show Ring

  Like all good things in life that come to an end, time as a showman is often limited. College, careers, families, and age limits. These get in the way of us chasing the purple-banner dream forever. But that doesn’t mean that the lessons learned in and out...
Impact of Beef Mentorship: The Julia and Jinger Story

Impact of Beef Mentorship: The Julia and Jinger Story

My love of cattle started when I was young. As Daddy’s little helper and Grandpa’s partner in crime, I learned how to be a farm girl. I grew up learning about and loving cows and their calves.  At the age of ten I started my own beef herd with an FSA youth loan....
The Beef Project: It’s More Than Showing Cattle

The Beef Project: It’s More Than Showing Cattle

  Time in the show ring is an amazing thing. There is no adrenaline rush quite like the champion slap. Or even that heart-thudding feeling you get right before you walk into the ring. But what if you could take the best parts of showing and build on that? The...
Beginning the End: Advice from a Senior Showman

Beginning the End: Advice from a Senior Showman

The two words every showman dreads to hear: “senior year.” I’m one of the lucky kids who gets an extra year due to my birthday. I made it through my senior year of high school. My last time walking onto the court and field. My last time walking down the...
The Secrets of Spring Hair Care

The Secrets of Spring Hair Care

Ah, spring. Pitchers are pitching. Planters are planting. And, with any luck, the mosquitos aren’t out yet. The turn of the seasons means trading in frozen water tanks for waterlogged pastures. But in the cattle show world, spring is the right time to work hard...
Show Cattle Questions Answered: What’s a Calf Scramble?

Show Cattle Questions Answered: What’s a Calf Scramble?

Every year, in rodeo arenas across the country, 4-H and FFA students compete in calf scrambles. At the drop of a hat or the call of an announcer, these students sprint across the arena. They hope to catch a calf so they will have a chance to show livestock. Some will...
Halter Breaking the Difficult Calf

Halter Breaking the Difficult Calf

  It’s time for spring weigh-in and you realize that your calf is not as broke as he should be. Maybe the winter storms kept you from training, or maybe your calf is more stubborn than expected. Getting a nervous calf calmed down and cooperative can be hard...
An Open Letter to Stock Show Parents

An Open Letter to Stock Show Parents

  Dear Stock Show Parents, Whether we try to be or not, we parents are our children’s most significant role model. Sometimes, I am afraid, we forget how much we influence by our example. Through perceived personal values and behaviors, we parents encourage and...
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