Junior Spotlight: Maddy Udell

“The older you get the more you realize that it isn’t about the material things, or pride or ego. It’s about our hearts and who they beat for.”- R.A. The livestock industry is filled with great young people and individuals that strive to better not only their lives but the lives of others and our Junior Spotlight feature, Maddy Udell does just that. Maddy lives to be an inspiration to her peers and young people and at the end of the day serves as an inspiration to even older generations than herself. To use only one word to describe her would NOT be significant enough as she lives her life in a way that is indescribable and admirable. We are proud of Maddy and her accomplishments in and outside of the showring and feel privileged to feature her in our Sure Champ Junior Spotlight.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Maddy Udell, and I am from Sioux City, IA. I’m 18 years old and currently a freshman at Oklahoma State University dual majoring in Ag Communications and Ag Business. My parents are Bret and Becky Udell and I have a brother named Mitchell who is 22 years old. I have been involved in the livestock industry my entire life and showing cattle is something I am very passionate about.

Miss Maddy Udell

Do you have a favorite quote or words you live by?

“If you ever feel like giving up, just remember that somewhere out there is a little girl watching you who wants to be just like you. Don’t disappoint her.” – Unknown

I think this applies to a lot of people in the cattle industry. I know when I was little I had several role models of my own and I can only hope to be a role model for girls starting out showing now.

Udell Family

 Tell us a little about the photography you do.

I have enjoyed taking pictures for a long time. Last December I decided I wanted to take it further and create a business out of it. I started Mind’s Eye Photography and have really enjoyed it. I mainly focus on livestock photography and ring shots, but also do family, child, and senior photography. The past couple years I have been an intern on and off for Legacy Livestock Imaging and am working for them this fall as an intern at the Kansas State Fair and Kansas Junior Livestock Show.

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August Best of the Web

August has been a very busy month with county and state fairs underway and the preparation for fall sales. Just like every month, we received so many great pictures from our customers and dealers we want to make sure you also saw them. We hope you enjoy the pictures we have selected for this month.

ALS Cold Water Challenge Wyatt Kegley wearing his Sure Champ T-Shirt Challenged Sure Champ to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! No water has been poured on a staff members head (yet) but donations have been made.

SC on a Keychain

Rylee Parsons carries the Sure Champ flash drive with her everywhere on her keychain!

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Junior Spotlight: Clark Sisters

Clark Sisters

Photo credits Showtimes Magazine & Hiedi Anderson

“Good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ME for the WE.” – Phil Jackson. If you’re looking for young people that inspire you look no further than the Clark sisters from Arkansas. These young ladies are the definition of commitment and in their few short years of eligibility in the showring they have accomplished more than most will in a lifetime. Their family pride and teamwork doesn’t go unnoticed as you will find Mom, Dad and all three girls washing, blowing, clipping and dressing cattle at home and at shows! It is an honor to feature sisters Chancee and Carlee in the Sure Champ Junior Spotlight. -Britney Creamer

Tell us a little about yourselves.

We are Chancee and Carlee Clark, we are 11 and 9 from Romance, Arkansas. We also have a little sister named Chloee that is 7. Our family owns and operates Clark Show Cattle, where we raise and sell top of line show heifers and steers. Our family has been raising cattle for nearly 50 years.

Clark Sisters

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

What species do you show and how long have you been showing?

We show steers and Maintainer, Chi, and Charolais Composite heifers. We have both been showing since we were 5.

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The Sure Champ Boys of Fall

Fall is an exciting time of year, temperatures are finally dropping, pigs are being born and show steers and heifer calves are finding new homes, college football season is in full swing and major livestock shows such as the American Royal and NAILE are just around the corner. We are always excited to announce the new faces of the Sure Champ scoop, but this fall we are exceptionally excited as we are featuring all boys, also known as the Sure Champ Boys of Fall.

Boys of the Fall

As you open your bag of Sure Champ this fall you could find Cole Wilcox – Grand Champion Steer Indiana State Fair, Austin Rodenbeck – Reserve Champion Gilt Summer Spectacular, Cole Moore Grand Champion Polled Female Junior National Hereford Expo or Kane Aegerter – Grand Champion Female Chianina Junior Nationals on your scoop.

These boys were selected to represent Sure Champ this fall not only because of the banners they received, but because of the kind of people they are. These young men represent the Live it. Love it. Lead it. Sure Champ motto. They are hard working, humble, and genuinely nice guys that their peers respect and those younger showman look up to.

So here’s to a successful fall with lots of banners, hours spent in the barn, friendships made, and examples of hard work and integrity created.

Benefits of Sure Champ Beyond Amaferm

At BioZyme we constantly find ourselves talking about the Amaferm advantage and how all of our products contain Amaferm, but products such as Sure Champ have their own benefits beyond Amaferm. When asked why a person needs to feed Sure Champ and not solely Amaferm, the answer is simple.

Sure Champ contains quality protein sources to improve the animal’s performance. The vitamin and trace minerals are elevated beyond commercial feed supplements to help support hair growth and overall nutrition. The vitamin and trace mineral combination also help to prevent and fend off stress and diseases that are more prevalent at shows. Sure Champ alone allows for increased flexibility to adjust rations as needed which in turn makes it convenient for show animals whose rations can vary depending on time of year and overall goal for that given animal.

Today we see a more powerful line up of genetics and performance within the show industry.  It is important to couple those genetics with powerful, performance enhancing feed supplements to get the absolute most out of these animals. It is for this reason Sure Champ was created and stands alone when compared to just adding Amaferm.  We have elevated our levels of protein sources, vitamins and trace minerals to meet the needs beyond Amaferm Amaferm helps you get more out of your feed while Sure Champ makes your feed even better!

To find out more about Sure Champ and it’s benefits beyond Amaferm contact your Area Sales Manager or visit www.surechamp.com.

Recipes from the Ranch

The last of summer and fall in most of the U.S. means county and state fair time.  It’s the culmination of our youth and families work that started in the barn. These shows are a time to showcase the projects that have taught our children so much about what it takes to be a winner even if the ribbon doesn’t end up showing it. 

For parents it’s also a time to feed the hungry crowds that always seem to gather right around feeding time for both animals and humans!  Each year I pack my big black food box with wheels, that my husband surprised me with, for housing all my cooking tools, crock pots, roasters, spices and foods that I need in order to feed our hungry family and friends. We have found that it’s easier to feed everyone at the barn so that when you finally get to leave you don’t spend a ton of time and money at restaurants when you could be getting rest and ultimately valuable sleep for the busy next show day!

Recipes we cook must feed a crowd and be simple enough to cook on ‘low’ as it heats in our roasters to feed everyone as they are ready to eat after either showing or feeding their animals. 

Today in anticipation of this special time of the year, I have shared a new recipe and few tried and true ones that can easily be prepared for your groups and enjoyed anytime of the year in or out of the show barn! 

Good luck at your state and county fairs!  What a fun time you have ahead, and if you are looking for more great recipes be sure to check out The Ranch Kitchen blog.

Peach Cobbler

Sure Champion Crockpot Peach Cobbler

2 cans peach pie filling

1 stick butter or margarine (8 tablespoons)

1 box white or yellow cake mix

Prepare your crock pot by spraying with Pam cooking spray over the entire inside.  Place one can of peach pie filling or really any pie filling of your choice.  Sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling evenly. Melt one stick of butter or margarine in a microwave safe bowl and pour as evenly as possible over the cake mix.  Turn on crock pot on high and cook for 3 – 4 hours with top securely on.  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream! 

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