Jackpot Shows: 4 Reasons they’re MORE than a Weekend Trip

Competitive nature and livestock enthusiast are two terms that go hand in hand. During the winter and early spring, this is on full display as livestock exhibitors travel up and down the state and across the country to attend jackpot shows. For consecutive weekends, livestock families pull to shows, spend their time bundled in layers, […]

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Letter of Thanks to the Livestock Industry

Our fast-paced society often doesn’t leave extra time for reflection on the little things in life that bring us the most joy and happiness. As agriculturists and livestock raisers, we know this all too well. Amongst farming, feeding and caring for livestock, daily chores, traveling to shows and our daily lives, it seems there isn’t […]

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How Youth Programs Influenced One Exhibitor’s Life

Animal husbandry. Leadership. Public speaking. Compassion. Although these words might seem like a mismatched list at first glance, they are just a few of the traits that one young lady can attribute to her involvement in youth programs like 4-H and FFA. Catherine Stangl, Kingfisher, Okla., has been showing hogs competitively since she was just […]

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Being Emotional About Selling Livestock is Okay.

Just like any competitive hobby or lifestyle, showing market livestock is filled with outside perspectives and opinions. Those who don’t understand our industry only see that young people are raising livestock projects from an early age, caring for them deeply and then are forced to sell them and say goodbye. These same critics gawk at the fact […]

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Success Breeds Success for South Dakota Teen

Hard work, the desire to learn and a family with roots in the livestock industry have helped Chesney Effling become successful both in and out of the show ring. She’s led numerous champions to the winner’s circle at shows across the United States and represented her FFA chapter and South Dakota in national competitions for both livestock […]

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