Welcome to a new decade of showing cattle!  As history has taught us, some things will change, yet some things will stay the same.  We’ve decided to kick off 2020 by sharing five of our most popular articles from the last year.  We believe these are time-tested bits of advice that hold true today, as well as into the next ten years.

Thank you for being a valuable member of the Silver Barn Cattle tribe. Please feel free to share your tips with the community and reach out anytime you have a question.  We all want to continue to learn and grow together!


1. Beef Cattle Showmanship Advice

Showmanship is something that everyone should practice if they plan to take a calf into the ring, no matter if they are six or sixty years old.  This article about stepping into the show ring, along with the free downloadable guide mentioned in the article.

2. Show Steer and Heifer Halter Breaking Advice

Halter breaking was another popular topic this past year, for good reason. Safety is the top reason we want to have a well-broke calf, but what do you do with a difficult calf?  This article contains some great advice.

3.  Show Cattle Hair Care Tips

Daily hair care is something that never goes out of style.  With the spring show season knocking on our door, now is a great time to review these spring hair care “secrets.”  If it’s not already on your mind, now is the time to be thinking about daily hair care and read through this article.

4. Showmanship Questions the Judge Might Ask

Not only is it important to practice showmanship with your calf, but it’s also a requirement to be prepared for questions the judge might ask you in a showmanship competition.  On more than one occasion, I have witnessed the difference between a grand and a reserve champion showman be determined by how well they answered questions from the judge.  Senior showman especially should be prepared for this.  This article will will help you brush up on those skills.

5.  Feed Programs for Show Cattle Success

Hair care and a good feed program go hand in hand in order to reach maximum success in the show ring.  Both should be considered on a daily basis.  Feed programs should be adjusted as your calf grows and many factors should be considered.  Our three-part series about feed programs will assist you in making your plan for 2020.  Start here with part one of the series. 

Bonus Article: This is a Must Read!

This was our most frequently commented-on and shared article on social media for 2019.  If you missed this, and the follow-up article, it’s time to take a look at both.

We’re sure these tips and nuggets of advice will put you on the right track as you jump into a new decade of cattle showing. We are currently working on our editorial calendar for 2020 and are excited for what we have in store for you.  Do you have certain topics you’d like to see us cover in 2020?  Please comment below or send us a message via our contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you and want to wish you the VERY BEST in 2020!

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