2013 National Cattledog Finals

Cattledog Finals. The event was held in my hometown of Leeton Missouri. It was a four-day event that started Thursday May 2 to Sunday May 5. There were 65 dogs there that ran. The handlers had to whistle or voice to the dog the commands. untitled-9What the dogs did was bring three head of cattle up the field and run them through multiply obstacles. The dogs were judged on how many obstacles they completed and how many cattle they got to go through the obstacle.

This was my official first job as my own business. On Friday, I got there at 7 am to put up my backdrop, canopy, and trailer. What I was not expecting that morning was snow. It snowed all day but I didn’t pack up and leave. That was the day the Nursery dogs ran. Nursery dogs are 3 years old and younger. The handlers are starting the dogs at a young age to learn how to herd these cattle. The top 10 dogs with the best scores got to continue to Sunday for the finals

On Saturday, it was a little nicer day but it was still cloudy and cold. Saturday was the second round of the open dogs. These dogs had already run on Thursday in the first round but ran a second round on Saturday. untitled-14There were still obstacles that the dog had to get the cattle through just like nursery, but these dogs were 4 and older in age. Of course the obstacles were harder since these dogs were older with more experience. At the end of the day the judges combined the scores of the two days and the top 20 got to continue to the finals on Sunday.

Sunday was the finals day and it was cloudy and sunny. These were the top dogs of the nation. The nurseries were first to run with the open dogs after that. It was a great experience to go through not only to learn more about my photography but also the great things the handlers do with these dogs. The event will be held in Leeton again for the next 2 years. If you can, try to make it next year to the National Cattledog Finals.

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Agwired.com

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.

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.

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.