Thankful for the Agricultural Industry

In much of our society, things are different than they ever have been before. However, 2021 was a much better year for young people who are involved in the livestock world. Shows happened without pause, show livestock are in demand and more programs and conferences were in-person instead of cancelled or virtual. Let’s recount some […]

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Through the Judge’s Eyes: Schaake Looks for Good First Impression

Trends can change with a blink of an eye when it comes to showing lambs, especially when it comes to chasing extremes. However, Scott Schaake prefers to stick to the basics when evaluating lambs and keep things “in the middle of the road.”   “I’m not the norm when it comes to sheep because I’ve never […]

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Through the Judge’s Eyes: Hoge Evaluates all Angles, Looks for Eye of a Tiger

Growing up, showing your own livestock and being the child of a distinguished livestock evaluator isn’t always easy. Just ask Mark Hoge. However, because he “suffered from the randomness of being Dan Hoge’s son,” he decided early on, if he was ever afforded the chance to judge a show, he would be positive and do what he believes in.   “I always told myself if I ever got the […]

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Through the Judge’s Eyes: Callis Looks for Courteous Confidence

Brandon Callis is no stranger to the show ring or the cattle industry. He grew up with grandparents who raised both registered Brahman and commercial cattle in South Texas, and his dad was a 4-H Extension Agent, demonstrating at a young age how to make an impact on youth. Callis was active in 4-H and FFA and showed several of the smaller […]

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Sales Competition Teaches Real World Skills

Junior Nationals are a great time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It’s also a time to showcase the cattle you’ve been working on all spring. And for some young people, it is an opportunity to refine and build new skills in the spirit of competition. For those who like the chance to practice their […]

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