Little Words Mean a Lot

Livestock people are some of the most resilient people you’ll meet. They know the value of hard work and what it means to never give up. Those traits proved to be extra helpful in 2020, a year of uncertainty, cancelled and altered events. Even with a chaotic year, 2020 still gave us plenty of ways […]

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The Sweetness of a Victory

Cancelled. Postponed. Rescheduled. Relocated. These words became part of our weekly vocabulary this spring and summer as the pandemic of COVID-19 altered the normal rhythm of our lives. What didn’t change? The hard work, perseverance and commitment that many families in barns across the country put in day after day in hopes that some shows would happen and […]

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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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