Tips to Control Body Temps in Adverse Weather

From an outsider looking in, the life of a show animal might seem pretty pampered. Two healthy meals per day, unlimited fresh water, a nice bed to lay on that is generally cleaned up on a regular basis, typically in a temperature-controlled environment. Combine those comforts with regular skin and hair treatments by way of […]

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Walking a Fine Line: How to Feed for Early Jackpots and Later Shows

There’s something about the spirit of competition that drives livestock exhibitors. Even in the dead of winter, cattle enthusiasts will bundle up, run bucket heaters to keep their aerosol cans working and pull to a jackpot show for consecutive weekends to get their fresh calves out to compete. All of this knowing that their final […]

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Tips to Get Show Goats Started on Feed

Trends have changed over time in the competitive livestock arena. Frame size, muscling requirements, feeding and fitting techniques have evolved over the years, and perhaps one of the hottest trends to hit the show ring in the past few decades is the Boer goat. Showing market goats is relatively new, as in your grandpa probably […]

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Plan Ahead When Hauling Livestock in Adverse Weather

Wouldn’t it be nice if every livestock show was just a short drive from home? And wouldn’t it be even more ideal if we could haul our livestock in 55-degree weather with no humidity, no storms, and dry, clear roads? Unfortunately, there is no “utopia” for hauling livestock to shows, even if you live 20 […]

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Be Thankful for Something

“Thank you, God, for food so good; help us do the things we should. Aaaaaaa-Men.” This might seem like the simplest prayer you’ve read, but in our household, it is recited almost nightly. It is the one our then-2-year-old daughter learned at daycare, and it is one she actually taught her dad and me. I […]

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Mark That Card: Ewe Lambs

Thank you Connors State College Livestock Judging Team, Warner OK for providing placings and officials for this class. Placing: 4312 Cuts: 353 I like the wether dams 4312 It’s exciting to see the blend of power and pattern that comes with 4 she’s so unique in the front third of his skeleton yet draws back […]

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