On Wednesday after school, I made a quick trip to OKC to drop off state fair entries. Plant displays, horticulture entries, ag mechanics projects, FFA news boards and photography entries. They had to be there by 7 pm. I was done unloading about 6:45 pm. I then grabbed a burger and headed home.
Today, I left Shattuck at 6 am in one suburban while Daryle Greer drove another suburban headed back to OKC for the livestock judging contest. Due to some tabulation problems, we don’t know final results, but I am real sure that we didn’t win. There was a bred Hereford heifer class that caused a lot of us problems. It happens.
However, we did go check out the results in the FFA barn. Ag Mechanics did not go as hoped, but AJ won a division and Duke had a 2nd. Kaylee had a 6th in the news board division. Okay.
In the sunflower plant life cycle display, Shattuck kids were 2nd, 4th and 5th. There are literally hundreds of these entered. Of course, I am partial, but we should have had 1st, 2nd and 3rd–my opinion. And remember, I’m not opinionated–I’m just always right.
Even though we busted a class or two today judging, we had a GREAT day. In my suburban, I hauled (6) 8th grade boys that think that they really like livestock judging. DUDE! It was invigorating to listen to them talk before and after the contest. I drove west down I-40 with a stupid grin on my face as they went through and re-figured their placings scores–old school style. It won’t be long till they realize that there is an app for that. They compared dropped points and then talked crap to each other. They asked questions about livestock, contests and scholarships. And in true 8th grade boys fashion, they had a “who has the most armpit hair contest.” That was a new one for this old dog. One of these boys did have the grand watermelon at the State Fair of OK. He raised it himself. The other boys gave him “props” for his grand melon. People, a grand is a grand, no matter the show.
I talked to several other ag teachers that have 20 years of experience on me. One of which is getting ready to start teaching the third generation of a family in his community. WOW! I asked him when he was going to retire. His reply, “I don’t know. I really like what I am doing.” I don’t care what your career is….that, my friends, speaks volumes.
I watched another old fart as he was taking pictures of students’ projects that placed high and won. This dude has had lots of winning teams, livestock, speakers, etc. He is in his 4th decade of teaching. I said, “This ain’t all bad not worrying about money, politics or the rest of the crap like in the stock show barn.” I got a wink, a grin and “No doubt.”
And then we found the grand champion photo board. One of Shattuck’s finest was grand champion overall in that division. So what? How is that agriculture? RUSM?! First off, there were hundreds in this division. Another Shattuck kid was 5th. Yes, I stress photography for ag sales. Why? Have you watched any online sales? Look at the number of online sales, websites and Facebook pages devoted to photos of equipment, tractors, combines, etc. The livestock world all wants “the pic”. Our world revolves around the photos dedicated to the products that we are selling. Besides the kids, the stock and the crops, next in importance is the photos of those kids, stock and crops.
Duke spends his spare time with Braden Schovanec clipping, setting up and photoing goats–for money. People–that is a huge part of modern agriculture. We, as buyers and sellers, have developed and cultivated this market.
Common lingo heard in the present ag world.
Look at pics on this phone. Is he over-photoed? Can you send me pics? Can you get me another angle? Get me pics of the tires. PM me a price and more pics. Get me a backdrop photo.
Don’t read too much into this post. This was just some observations from a road weary, high mileage unit that liked dealing with people today.
I had a good day. I hope Friday will be even better. If not, I will wish it would have been.