I haven’t been on here in a day or 8 or 9. I have been hooked up with a deal called the Woodward District Jr. Livestock Show. It is the BEST district stock show. I didn’t say the toughest (although it can be) but it is the best.
First off, they added an ag mechanics project contest this year. It was WELL received. Excellent projects that were well displayed throughout the livestock show. My dumb ass and Jon Marc Holt took care of all of it. Setting it up, getting judges, getting prizes, etc. It was cool.
Today, was the last day of showing—cattle show. As I was working on heifers, I looked across the aisle and noticed a bad ass heifer that had several working on it. I also noticed that one of the kids was the owner. He also just happened to be the exhibitor of the grand barrow. His cousin was also helping put product into the heifer’s hair. She just happened to be the exhibitor of the grand wether goat. That made me go “Hunh?!” I turned to my left to look at the row of 10 Shattuck clipping chutes. Some Shattuck kid was working on hair. Another Shattuck kid was fitting and clipping legs on that heifer. Ironically, the first kid was the exhibitor of the grand market lamb. The other one shows some stock and also had the grand ag mechanics project.
I can get down on stock shows and all the money and BS that goes with it. BUT…BUT…. When you can look around and see Ty Goss fitting legs on a bad ass heifer and Morgan Maloney working hair and Clayton Washmon working hair and Duke Kelln clipping legs, one has to realize that a good livestock kid is GOOD no matter the species. Their last name may stereotype them to a pig, sheep or goat but here they were in THE marquee species. Duke and Clayton weren’t even showing cattle. They were just there working and helping get heifers into top placing slots and steers into premium sales. Ty and Morgan were putting together a pair of wicked, wicked heifers. While some will sit around on their asses and cuss those that win, others are working to win. These kind of kids work to win. And more importantly, help others to win. Hats off to those that raise kids like this.
Cheers to the Goss and Maloney combined family. I have no connection to them other than I like hard working families that like good livestock. They work and win. This wether goat that won is good. Real good. I don’t know how OYE will go, but that is a good one. Hogs are good. These heifers, oh snap! I’ll take this maintainer and give you the field. I like this cow a lot.
Speaking of Woodward District Jr. Livestock Show, I need to brag on a family. Carli Word is THE doe shower for Kelln Livestock. One, her and her family take phenomenal care of animals. Two, hair and feeding is impeccable. Three, we like them. She showed three does. She won three classes and had grand and reserve grand. The reserve grand is a Rumour Has It that was raised by Seelke’s and my dumb ass. The grand is a doe that took me a while to get bought from Tolson. She’s cool. The Pfeiffer doe is really good. Carli showed like a champ.
I had good help getting goats ready this year. Tom Kester and Braden Schovanec. One of the moms asked if they needed to pay Keester. I said, “That dude won’t take any money. He would rather the kids shake his hand and say “Thank You.”
She looked at me and said, “Seriously?” I said, “For real.” That family got him a gift. I think that he will like it.
Had a dude hit me up after the steer show today. “How much money did you people in Shattuck spend on steers this year?” My reply, “Less than you dumb asses spent on wood chips for common hogs?”
“Seriously?” The reserve grand steer shown by Gatlin Goodson was raised by his mother. Tiffany is putting together good cattle. Oh, and Gatlin had a 101.7 temp but he still managed to show like an all star. Mikayla Hamaker’s smoke steer was a leftover steer at one of my former students–Clark Bixler. Ona Rakestraw’s steer was born south of Fargo at my favorite neighbor’s farm–Johnny File. I don’t even know if money changed hands between Johnny File and John Rakestraw on this steer. It is amazing what a good feeding program, proper care and excellent showmen can accomplish. Better yet, was watching all of these good livestock kids work together. Share chutes, blowers, clippers, cans of adhesive, whatever. This crew won’t win a herdsmanship award for a NEAT work area. They probably can’t win a spelling bee. But, I will take them to win everything else.
Good livestock kids are hard to beat. Anywhere. Any time. I’ll take that good livestock kid and beat your ass. At anything! They know how to work. They know how to prioritize. Good livestock kids make ag teachers, parents, teachers and coaches look good.
Did Duke show? Yes. Goats–no. He showed sheep. He had champion hair sheep. And reserve champion hair sheep. And champion Dorset. And the Dorset is 3rd overall. Heck, the champion hair sheep came from Kathryn Kelly Black and the reserve came from Preston Faris. Not much of a stretch from goats to a hair sheep. The Dorset? Well, we like Honkey. He is dang good livestock. I had a small role in the beginnings of this online livestock industry and yes, I bought a Dorset sheep, online, from somebody that I have yet to meet in person and had somebody else delivered it to somebody else’s place and I picked it up there. My kids have shown some really good animals. Honkey is high on our list of favorites.