2015 Stock Show Christmas Wish List

We are so excited to bring you our Third Annual Stock Show Life Christmas Wish List. This has been a fun list of items we have put together to make your Christmas shopping a little easier. Our Girls, Boys, and Family lists are full of the perfect gift ideas for your stock show loving family members. And don't forget to check out the 2013 and 2014 wish lists! 1. Sam and the Show Steers Save Christmas (Stock Show Toys) - $20 -We love this story book from Stock Show Toys. Also, be sure to check out their other book "Could You ...Read More

Today I’m Thankful for…The Value of Agriculture

By, Rhonda McCurry Trent McKnight says he has a lot to be thankful for. Each day it is a different recognition, but they are all parts of his life he knows not to take for granted. Number one, he says, is waking up and being able to turn on lights with the flip of a switch. A second is to be able to take a hot shower. And number three, McKnight is thankful for the ups and downs of agriculture life. “Just as it states in the FFA Creed – the joys and discomforts of agriculture life – I am ...Read More

Today I’m Thankful for…Legacy of Showing Livestock

By, Rhonda McCurry Every ribbon and banner taken home by a Cain family member is a win for Cain Super Sires. That’s not just a statement but a way of life for the Cains who make their living working together and being part of a three-generation family hog operation. Earl and Patty Cain started in the hog business in 1971. Though they started slowly and managed wisely, most hog breeders wouldn’t know their humble beginnings. Earl and Patty built a legacy for their family, and because of this, each year their Thanksgiving table is full. Earl’s sons, Lee and Dusty, ...Read More

Today I’m Thankful For…Mentoring

By, Rhonda McCurry At a young age, Adam Heffelfinger lost his dad to cancer. The two of them had spent many hours in the show barn together, feeding sheep, lambing ewes and preparing for shows. His dad taught him about caring for show animals and fueled his drive and passion for competition. When his dad passed away, Heffelfinger says it was one of the hardest days of his life. Then a young man named Justin came into Heffellfinger’s path. Their families were friends and like Adam, Justin liked to show lambs. Justin lost his own father at the same young ...Read More

Today I’m Thankful For…Scholarship Opportunities

By, Rhonda McCurry John Edwards is grateful for his experience showing livestock each time he leads Smokey the coonhound, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) mascot, through the “T” before a home football game in Neyland Stadium. Edwards is glad for the scholarships he received because he was able to afford to attend a major university his freshman and sophomore years, not having to transfer to UTK after completing coursework elsewhere. Edwards is thankful for his connections in agriculture that made him an Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity brother, an agriculture student body leader and the recipient of the Arch E. McClanahan ...Read More

Today I’m Thankful For…Finding a Passion

By, Rhonda McCurry For some people, showing and raising livestock is more than a profession; it has become a passion. One of those families is the Pfeiffers of Orlando, Oklahoma. Kelsey Pfeiffer helps manage his fifth-generation family ranch consisting of registered Angus cattle and meat goats. The goats are newer to their operation, added ten years ago, but they’ve run Angus cattle in central Oklahoma since 1907. With 800 does, the Pfeiffers offer 14 goat sales a year. They got into the business when Kelsey’s youngest sister, Karisa, had a desire to show goats. That’s when the passion they had ...Read More