Starting Back Up

I feel awful that I quit blogging for a couple of months, but I am here now and ready to start back up again promoting agriculture. Over the past couple of months it has been exciting between showing cattle, work and school. From know on I plan on sharing every experience through my blog.

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This summer I tied up a nice fall heifer for next year named Jazz. I will be talking about her a lot and how she does for me at the shows. She is a baldy Percentage Simmental heifer that has many different personalities. She has only been to one show this year and lets just say that was close to a rodeo. Since then she has done a lot better but she gets this look in her eyes every so often saying “Don’t even think about doing anything to me.”

Everybody knows Paisley, but if you don’t then I will tell you. Paisley was my show heifer from last year that did very well for me. I am not replacing Paisley with Jazz but they b

oth have a very special place in my heart. Now I am glad to say that Paisley has become a momma. I am thankful that she gave me a sweet little heifer calf and they are both healthy. Paisley has become a great mother for her calf and hopefully a good role model too, sinceI have big plans for this little one. She doesn’t have a name yet so if you have any ideas feel free to comment below.

Be sure to keep checking back for updates on Jazz with shows for next year and also how the new little one is doing.

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Paisley for Purple

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.

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State Proficiency Winner in Agricultural Communications

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.

One Little Piggy Cried Wee Wee Wee

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.

13 Years and It’s Still a Blast

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!

Picking Out The PERFECT Show Stock!

Here is my show stock of the year. Im pretty sure I made a good choice in picking her.

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

CNHI

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.

So God Made a Stock Show Kid

I found this on Facebook and fell in love with it. It is a remix of the poem “So God Made a Farmer” by Paul Harvey. This version is called “So God Mad a Stock Show Kid” by Stockshow Confidential. It speaks the truth about a true stock show kid. When I was listening to the video all I could say to myself was, “yep I do that”. Showing cattle is my passion and also a lot of other people’s passion. Pass this video on to show everybody what us stock show kids really do.

My Passion

I have always had a passion for photography. In college I am continuing that passion by taking a photography I class. Everybody knows what a digital camera is but that’s not what I use in this class. I use a film camera. They are all manual cameras that take film and you have to develop your negatives in a dark room. Ever since this class, developing film has been my new favorite hobby (behind my cattle of course).  In my photography I class we have just recently turned in our first assignment. Here are my five prints I took and developed.

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As you can see the farm girl came out in me while taking the pictures. While I was developing my pictures in the dark room everybody would say, “Aww what a cute cow,” or “Awww is that a pig.” To them all these pictures are just a pig and some cows, but to me they are different. To me they tell an agricultural story that everybody should know. Ill keep posting all of my pictures I develop.