Show Up or Show Out

A feature on the competitive nature of livestock showing for the youth that participate.  After spending a few weeks in the show and commercial livestock industry, my understanding of the industry has shifted drastically. The focus on enriching the youth is incredible. There’s a strong desire to foster independence, creativity and all-around capability in children starting early.  I chatted with many youngsters over coloring pages and temporary tattoos at the BioZyme® Inc. booth. I […]

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Ovine and Bovine and Porcine, Oh My!

A deep dive into my experience at livestock shows coming from a non-agriculture background.  As a Midwesterner, agriculture is not far removed from my daily life. My dad is in the produce industry, and my family has ties to small farms in Missouri and Oklahoma. I can’t even run an errand without passing corn fields, grazing cattle or at the very least, […]

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National Western Exhibitor Uses Fresh Ideas for Traditional Contest

Tradition is an important part of the National Western Stock Show, and this year marked the 85th year for one of its longest-standing, educational traditions – the Catch-A-Calf Program. Shane Dawson participated in the 2020 Catch-A-Calf (CAC) Contest, and after nine months of feeding, caring and preparing for the Contest, she and her calf reached their […]

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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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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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