In my Public Relations in Agriculture class we got the privileged to have Chuck Zimmerman come and talk to our class. Chuck and his wife Cindy created the blog Agwired.com. Agwired.com is a blog that makes post about agriculture and events going on now in the agriculture business. Chuck and his wife graduated with journalism degrees and went in to the farm radio business. When they started the Agwired.com business blogging had just started. Over the years many new social media tools have produced. Also there is more technology that makes interviews and media a lot easier. Chuck had to self teach him self how to use a lot of the digital items. With these changes he has improved his business and can expand his business. He can be on all of the social media pages. Audio is stronger now and with photography and video they can document more important moments in agriculture. The Internet and the media are constantly changing a long with agriculture. It will constantly be changing and improving in ways that everybody will be promoting their business through it. Keep watching for Agwired.com to see how agriculture and media is changing.
This weekend was a one in a little time experience. This weekend was the Missouri State University Block and Bridle Show and the Holden FFA Alumni cattle shows. I am so proud to say that my baby girl got Grand Champion Heifer at both of the shows. She is looking really good right now and I am hoping she is not going to change much. When we got home from the shows I put Paisley in the barn. It is crazy how much she has grown up. Now I know how my parents feel about their little girls are going up. I remember when she was little and hairless and now she is big and has a bunch of hair. Paisley is spoiled rotten and you would call her a true show heifer. She has such a great attitude and soaks up all of the attention she can get. Paisley is my baby girl and I hope she does good the rest of the year.
I work for a Pearl Walthall who takes livestock photography. I have worked with her for five years now. Photography and livestock are my two loves and it is amazing to be doing them together. For FFA this is my SAE so I would record all of the times I would work with Pearl and any purchases I would make. Will this past year I filled out my proficiency application in Agricultural Communications for my livestock photography. I was really surprised when I was told that I had won my area contest with my proficiency. I then filled out the state application. This past weekend I got acknowledged on stage that I was the state winner for the Agricultural Communications proficiency. I would have never thought that I would make it that far. Now the next step is to fill out the national application and be in Kentucky in the fall. I will then see if my proficiency does well again. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to do this. I just want to thank my family, advisor, and everybody who supported me.
Last week I wrote about my cattle and their show season, which by the way is going great. Paisley got 5th overall at the Battle of the Breeds show and she got Reserve Overall at the Bonneville preview show. I am so proud of my baby girl. But this week I am going to write about my other showing hobby. On Saturday I got to pick out two pigs and take them home and show them. This will be my third year showing pigs and I am super excited.
This year I have a Yorkshire barrow that is all white and a Cross Bred belted barrow. They did not get along at first but those cold nights have brought them closer. Sunday I went out to give them marshmallows because all pigs love marshmallows, but I couldn’t get them to eat them. Since they would not eat them I put them in their feed pan and found them gone the next day. Pigs have such great personalities that you never now what they are going to do.
I have one problem and that is that my piggies do not have any names. I have came up with a couple but I’m just not sure yet. I have Batman and Robin, Enos and Rosco, and I’m not sure what else I could name them. If you could please comment below if you have any other name.
I love this time of year. The flowers are coming out, the smell of fresh rain, and you can wear shorts and a hoodie. The best part about this time of the year is that the cattle show season is coming in to full swing. Yes there has been cattle shows already this year but for the next couple weekends there is one everyday. I have been showing cattle since I was 5 years old. When I was younger there were more shows than there are now. My family would go to about 20 shows a year. It was so much fun to wake up early in the morning to load the cattle and truck up and head to the show for the day. Then the very next day we would do it again. It is still like that now; you still get the thrill of showing off your project you have been working on. All summer all you do is work with your heifer or steer to make them look the best they can. My heifers Paisley and Babe have done pretty well. Paisley has gotten either Grand or Reserve in her division and Babe has gotten 2 reserves in her division. I am very excited to take them to the rest of the shows. Wish me luck!
My Grandpa brought me an article from the Farm Talk last week. He told me that I might enjoy reading this. Well I knew that if my grandpa wanted me to read it then it had to be good. So here is the article.
The Top 10 signs you picked the wrong club pig/lamb/goat sale:
by Mark Parker
10. The auctioneer’s lead-in is: ‘Hey, lookee here—now if you want a lamb nobody’s gonna steal…”
9. The sale poster features the 15th place barrow from a 1978 county fair.
8. Apparently, #47 has a little fainting goat in him ‘cause he hits the deck when the gavel strikes.
7. The University of Arkansas Athletic Dept. is there looking for a new mascot.
6. That one pig may not be a grand championship contender but if he survives he’s a shoo-in for rate-of-gain honors.
5. Your archrival from back home is the one who highly recommended this sale.
4. When you ask one of the consignors about his breeding program he says, ‘breeding what?’
3. The top meat goat prospect has a beard down to his knees.
2. When there are no bids, the owner steps up to the ring and offers free leg splints.
1. The top-seller almost brings market price. £
Each number I would always have a little giggle because it seems so true. It was also funny because I thought my grandpa was giving me something serious to read but instead he was feeling humorous. Got to love my grandpa. I hope you enjoyed this top 10 as much as I did.