September Best of the Web

Every month we get so many great pictures from our customers and dealers we want to make sure you got a chance to see them. This month was filled with Sure Champ Super Heroes, Vita Charge and Sure Champ love, fun VitaFerm photo booths and customers making Sure Champ proud from the showring to the dance floor!

JohnsonCharley Johnson from Oklahoma had a great day winning Reserve Champion Bred & Owned at Oklahoma State Fair followed by ballet pointe shoe shopping in her Sure Champ More Wins T-Shirt!

Mason Walker

Mason Walker is our favorite kind of super hero. He’s a Sure Champ Super Hero!

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Fall Fashion with Sure Champ

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It’s that time of year again, the shorts and tank-tops are put into boxes & shoved away until the warm temperatures return and we start dusting off the jackets, sweatpants and comfy warm clothes. Fashion week has come and gone and the latest trends are starting to hit the store shelves and with that Sure Champ has added a few new things to their wardrobe lineup as well. New this fall we have exclusive Sure Champ sweatpants, tribal hoodies, and three-quarter zip up hoodies. In addition to our Sure Champ gear we have fashionable VitaFerm soft-shell jackets and vests. Before you walk out the front door to feed livestock or travel to your next show be sure to visit the Sure Champ website and order the latest Sure Champ gear!

Sure Champ Apparel

This is only a small preview of the growing clothing line at Sure Champ. Find coffe mugs, flash drives and much more on our website! You can also place orders directly over the phone by calling Jody Purvis at 816-344-5755.

senior photos + 4-legged friends

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‘Tis the season to start thinking about 2015 senior pictures

As a stock show kid, we know you’re proud of your projects and also all the accomplishments that you’ve had throughout your showing career. What better way to showcase those than in your senior photo? Below are tips and insight from two photographers who have mastered the art of incorporating the livestock lifestyle into one-of-a-kind senior photos.

Heidi Anderson, Legacy Livestock Images gives some quick reminders on the big picture of senior photography.

1 –  Be yourself! Make sure that your pictures reflect who you are at this time in your life.  The purpose of these pictures should be to remember what was important during this season of your life.  This can take many forms.  Farming, livestock, sports, and the arts are all things you should consider when planning your session.

2 –  Remember Mom, Dad, and Grandma.  I usually let the senior drive what is important to them, but always try to remember that grandma is going to want one of you smiling and sweet hanging in her house.

3 - Clothing.  Depending on your photographer, most session can have a number of clothing changes.  Try to stay neutral as much as possible using accessories to add color. Always stay away from trends.  Your children will mock you in later life.  I promise.

4 - Be Creative.  Use your imagination when it comes to ideas for pictures.  Prom dress in the barn?  Yes.  Old house with your banners?  Why not!

5 - Timing.  If you want greens and you are in the midwest and east – late may and june is the time.  Fall colors?  Check the weather channel for approximate times for changing leaves in your area.

6 - Posing with livestock. The animals you use represent past projects and future goals.  The images should represent the animal well, but the focus should still be on you!

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Sullivan Supply Extended Internship

Sullivan Supply InternshipInternships provide valuable real world experience to compliment the fundamentals learned in the classroom. Here is an exciting opportunity to work with the Sullivan Supply Team.Sullivan Supply - The Pulse – Extended Internship Program

The internship program will offer a college student the opportunity to travel across the country while assisting in providing the stock show industry with industry news and live event coverage.

Eligibility:

This internship program is open for anyone to apply.

Applicant should be an upper level college student.

They should be skilled with Adobe programs, have basic photography skills and enjoy writing.

The applicant should be detail oriented, outgoing, and have the ability to work well with all types of people and under pressure.

They should also be creative and have the ability to work on their own.

 

 

The Internship

The internship will start in Early-January to prepare for the National Western Stock Show and run through Late August. With some variation on the ending date depending upon the availability of the person hired for the internship. The internship is based out of Dunlap, Iowa and would require relocation of the selected applicant for the duration of the internship.

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Tailgating Recipes from the Ranch

Fall is our favorite time of year at Sure Champ as we are quickly approaching weaning time, the fall majors and of course FOOTBALL! We are excited to share a number of recipes with you this month from Mrs. Alise Nolan and hope that they make their way into your tailgating or fall show menu lineup.

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Alise Nolan and family during Texas A&M Tailgate!

As with anything our family does, there’s always a first time for everything and then that quickly turns in to a tradition. Over eight years ago we hosted our first Aggie Tailgate at Texas A&M University for our oldest daughter and her friends who were in their freshman year. We’d never tailgated before. We had a smaller RV at the time, a smoker and luckily a fantastic spot to tailgate in. We’ve refined our tailgating skills over the years and these annual events have become a really good time.

We’ve learned a few things over the years. If you cook, they will come. Your tailgate can be that touch of home your children’s college friends are missing. Yet most importantly, all the while, you are all making memories with your family and friends that will last a lifetime. Catching up with our friends both young and old while tailgating has become something my husband Scott and I have truly cherished over the years.

For this month’s Sure Champ Blog post I wanted to share recipes that you could easily make for a crowd for tailgates or simply cook for a group at home while watching the game. All these recipes transport well and were a huge hit with the crowd we served.

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New Product: Vita Charge Liquid Boost

Vita Charge Liquid Boost Group2BioZyme is ready to change the game again. You want more appetite, improved health, and the ability for your livestock to overcome stress? The Vita Charge line of products now includes Vita Charge Liquid Boost.

Liquid Boost is a convenient liquid supplement ideal to use prior to or during stressful periods. Like our entire line of Vita Charge products, Liquid Boost contains Amaferm, a prebiotic that significantly increases nutrient digestion and health during periods of stress.

In addition, Liquid Boost contains MOS, niacin, vitamins and flavors to support digestive health and the animal’s ability to fight off stress and drive increased feed and water intake. Initial reports include pigs coming out of the farrowing house stronger and healthier, steers staying on water and feed while at the show, and weaned calves going to the bunk faster. Liquid Boost does not contain any copper making it suitable for all species of livestock.

Vita Charge Liquid Boost can be mixed with water, used as a drench, top-dressed on feed or be administered via a medicator. Feeding rates and information can be found here.

To learn more about Vita Charge Liquid Boost and start using it in your barn click here.

“I’ve never seen a product generate this kind of results in our nursery. Our pigs eat more, drink more and are significantly stronger and healthier,” Jason Lackey, BioZyme Swine Specialist.