Recipes from the Ranch: Holiday Recipes

This holiday season is turning out to be one of our busiest yet! Fall is turning into winter and school is winding down for the year with band concerts, Christmas recitals, and parties. We’ll soon have our second graduate from Texas A&M in another week and could not be more proud of our daughter Bethany. Our hometown football team the Gilmer Buckeyes are continuing to win and our hopes are high for their third state championship ring. Fall livestock and market shows have come to a close, and Christmas preparations are underway. On our ranch we are also excitedly gearing up for the Fort Worth Jr. Heifer Show, our National Hereford Show and Texas Hereford weekend socials, sales and annual meetings in Cowtown this January with our Hereford family.

Its busy times of the year as these where I like the quick breakfast, desserts and dinners shared today on the Sure Champ Blog that have become some of my ‘go to’ recipes. These recipes help ease my stress and provide a healthy, filling meal for my family.

The Ranch Kitchen’s Chicken and Tortilla Dumplings has become one of our favorites over the last few years. I use flour tortillas instead of the traditional homemade dumplings and we can barely tell the difference. It’s become one of the most popular posts on my recipe site to date.

Chicken and Tortilla Dumplings Recipe

Click here for the recipe for The Ranch Kitchen’s Chicken and Tortilla Dumplings

Another recipe I love to make each year is The Ranch Kitchen’s Green Chili, Sausage and Egg Casserole that holds a traditional place as part of our Christmas morning brunch. Just before the girls get up to open gifts, this breakfast casserole quickly comes together to bake. It’s always a holiday hit and curbs our appetites until we travel to my mom’s for our Christmas night’s family dinner.

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Junior Spotlight : Sarah Moore

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Sarah Moore is a senior at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. working towards her degree in Agriculture Education. Moore aspires to become an agriculture teacher near her hometown in Jerseyville, Ill. so she can be close to the family farm and her Dorset operation. Her sheep project began when she was eight years old.

“I would purchase them in March and April and then send to market at the end of August. When I was 14, I convinced my dad to purchase three Polled Dorset ewes and began Moore Dorsets. Since then my operation has grown from one brood ewe to 10 brood ewes and I no longer purchase market lambs. I raise and purchase Polled Dorsets in order to continue to produce high quality animals. In just a few short years I have been very fortunate to have a lot of success in the Dorset circuit with bred-and-owned sheep. I have raised the Champion Dorset Ram at the Illinois State Fair Junior show five years in a row. I also show Shorthorn cattle, my family has raised them for more than 60 years. The sheep thing has been quite a culture shock to my family but my dad now gets just as excited about them as he does cattle,” says Moore.

Moore’s favorite part about raising livestock is getting to see them. “I enjoy getting to see them change over time and hopefully into a very good one but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes they surprise you and don’t turn out like you expected them too or vice versa. We had a ewe one year that was very small and we always called her Tiny Tina.  I never thought she would turn out but she hit a growth spurt and made the showstring.”

Her proudest moment was winning the National Junior Polled Dorset Show Champion Ewe at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) this year.

“I was not expecting to win champion. I was just hoping to win my class but being Champion was 10x better. When I purchased my ewe in 2013 she was very green and last year as a lamb she never looked her best but this year we finally got her to optimal condition (thanks to great products like Sure Champ) and it paid off at NAILE. I always had aspirations of being in the Supreme Heifer Drive at NAILE, but being in the Supreme Ewe Drive was just as amazing!” says Moore.

Moore says showing and raising livestock has taught her three big skills that she will take with her the rest of her life: responsibility, hard work and time management.

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: Goals :

Short term: I hope my champion ewe  produces offspring that will be good enough for the showring as I am entering into my last year as a junior. In May I will graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Education and hope to secure a job as an Agriculture teacher in the upcoming months. As summer approaches you will find me working hard in the barn so that this last show season is one to remember in both the cattle and sheep show rings.

Long term: I hope to be able to secure a teaching position near my family farm so that I can continue to be a major part of both the farming and livestock operations. Even though I will no longer be showing as a junior I want to continue raising high quality Polled Dorsets and Shorthorn cattle that I can market to junior exhibitors and help them be successful. I also will continue to exhibit both cattle and Dorsets at state and national levels.

 : Mentors :

Tucker Beckmier- When I first started showing Dorsets, Tuck gave me showmanship tips and helped me pick out ewes at sales. He has advised me in purchasing several Champions and always fits my sheep to look their best, even if their wool is not the greatest.

Dick Reece- I met Dick my first year showing Dorsets at the Illinois State Fair and he has been a huge help to my operation since. Dick bred my first ewes for me, taught me how to get the bright white when washing, and took me to the All American Sheep Show. Dick and his family have become very good friends of mine, and my family, he’s helped me produce high quality lambs. This is a prime example of why the livestock community is the greatest. Without the guidance and mentorship of Dick and Tuck I would not have achieved all that I have.

I also want to thank my family for all their love, support and guidance. Even though I went off the beaten path of showing cattle and started showing sheep they have supported me every step of the way. Even when the cattle and sheep are showing at the same time, like at our state fair and NAILE. My dad has taught me everything I know about cattle and I am truly grateful to be raised in the show ring with Shorthorn cattle, all while doing it as a family.

We wish Sarah the best of luck during her last push through school and entering into her career.  Her leadership skills and Live it. Love it. Lead it. attitude will be a great asset to any agriculture education program!

November Best of the Web

The holiday season is in full swing with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas right around the corner, and we at Sure Champ couldn’t be more thankful for our customers and the wonderful pictures they graced us with during the month of November. From banners to the show road, educational clinics to feeding time, Sure Champ is very proud of it’s customers and we want to be sure to share the photos we received this month one more time incase you missed some of the highlights from November.

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An adorable message on a feed sack from some of our Sure Champ customers to their heifers before they left for the NAILE!

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College Football Match-Up: LSU vs. Texas A&M

CollegeMatchUp-2Nothing pairs better with family and Thanksgiving than a good college football match-up. Pick your team in our Sure Champ College Football Match-Up and you could win a 2L jug of VitaCharge® Liquid Boost! Simply fill out the form below and select the team you’re pulling for. Winners will be announced next week. CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. 

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Thankful for the Stock Show Life

sc-contest-blog-nov2014 This past week we have asked our Instagram followers to tell us more about why they are thankful to grow up involved in showing and raising livestock. At Sure Champ, we are humbled to communicate openly and be involved with such a tremendous group of youth. Check out their answers below, what are you thankful for?

– My first show pig. She taught me how to love an animal but still realize and understand the sacrifice and the true purpose of livestock. She taught me compassion and she showed me true unconditional love.

– All my lambs. They have all taken me through different obstacles in life. Some have succeeded and others may not have, but the most important thing is learning how to be successful in life and meeting new people. My 2 lambs that have impacted me the most this year is.

– I’ve made the best stock show friends,  I wouldn’t even call it friendship it like sister and brother.

– I’m thankful for my big brother as a mentor, Will Alexander at WAC Show Cattle!

– My amazing coach/teacher that I’ve learned so much from… Mick Clark. I can’t thank him enough for all of the help and support I’ve gotten from him so far! Can’t wait for the memories that have yet to come!

– I have so many mentors! Through my first JNHE, my assigned mentor was Kirbie Day. She became my big sister and taught me most of what I know about showmanship, and helped me follow in her footsteps to become the National Hereford Queen! With Kirbie came the Kelley family and the Rainbow Cattle Service crew, all of whom have always been outstanding role models and mentors!

Sure Champ Stock Show Christmas Wish List

We are excited to bring you our Second Annual Stock Show Christmas Wish List. If you are needing the perfect idea for your stock show loving family member, we’ve got it! Any of these ideas are sure to please. Be sure to also check out our lists from last year.

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From accessories to wear in and out of the showring, and great ideas for your stocking, every girl would love to receive something off of our Stock Show Christmas Wish List.

1. Kendra Scott Elle Earrings (Kendra Scott) – $52 – These earrings come in about ever color imaginable. Find a pair to match your school colors, or stick with classic turquoise.

2. Stock Show Mom Tumbler (Stock Show Sweetheart) – $13

3. Sure Champ Sweatpants and Hoodie (Sure Champ) –  $38/$48

4. Sperry Top Sider Boat Shoes (Sperry Top Sider) – $88

5. Show Steer and Pig Cookie Cutters (The Branded Barn) – $3.25

6. Going Showing iPhone Case (Stock Show Boutique) – $33 – You’ll find tons of cute ideas from this new online boutique

7. Charm Bracelet (Cow Art & More) – bracelet $88, charms $28-$64

8. EOS Lip Balm (EOS) – $3.29 This a personal favorite of our Marketing Director’s, Crystal Blin

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Show your love of the stock show life both in and out of the ring. And don’t forget the boys in your family love to have their gift customized with their brand, logo or name.

1. VitaFerm Vintage Angus Shirt and Concept-Aid Flat Bill Hat (Sure Champ) – Shirt – $25 (Hereford version also available)/Hat – $16

2. Show Steer Hitch Cover (Starck Sculpture) – call for pricing

3. Leather Briefcase (Classic Leather Designs) – call for pricing – Classic Leather Designs isn’t just known for their briefcases. Check our their camera straps, chairs, picture frames and more. 

4. Custom Painted Clippers (Sullivan Supply & SLICK Customs) – clippers – $215, call for quote on custom painting

5. Yeti Roadie Cooler (Yeti) – $249.99 – These coolers are definitely an investment, but a Yeti cooler will last a lifetime

6. Beaded Leather Belt (Fort Western Wear) – $64.98

7. Personalize Phone Case (Stock Show Boutique) – $33

Sure Champ Family Christmas Wish List

These gifts are perfect for the family to share or maybe you are looking for something to give your customers or hired hand.

1. Stuffer Show Animas (Maine Aim Ranch) – $130 – These stuffed cows were a hit last year, and now Maine Aim Ranch is offering goats and pigs. 

2. Sure Champ Unisex Hoodie (Sure Champ) – $45 – Place your orders for Sure Champ merchandise by Dec. 17 to ensure Christmas delivery. 

3. Stock Show Poster (Zietlows Custom Signs) – $22

4. Keurig Brewing System (Kuerig) – $119 – Get your crew going in the morning with their favorite cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

5. Show Steer Toys (The Stock Show Toy Co.) – $11.50 – We know a lot of big and little kids that would love these cow toys. 

6. Pig USB/Flash Drive (Sure Champ) – $15 – Also, available in two steer colors. 

7. Fitting Poster (Livestock Legacy Imaging) – $10

We hope your family has a blessed holiday season! And don’t forget about your livestock friends in the barn.