A year ago, several people got butt hurt about a blog post that I wrote that involved local and county shows. Of course, I also got LOTS of texts, calls and emails agreeing with the post.
Now, it is that time again. I am not trying to offend anybody but this reiterates a point. Some people in the industry are upset because an animal didn’t make the minimum weight. Others are wound up because their animal doesn’t brace, drive, walk or show well. When this happens, one should simply look back over the past few months and think about the missed feedings. It is hard for an ag teacher/county agent to get concerned at the last minute when a kid and/or the parents weren’t concerned over the past several months.
The point is: It is the little things that matter. This is true in everything that you do. But it especially rings true at this time of year. While some will get upset because they didn’t make weight or got sifted or didn’t win showmanship, whatever; there are others that are working to take care of the little things.
–There are those dealing with calves that have rubbed hair off even though they get rinsed daily and live in a cool room with hot wire.
–There are those families that have an animal that came up injured–that is common, but they have gone the extra mile and got a chiropractor to help them. Hope it works.
–A goat with an abscess on its jaw. Let’s just say the face of this poor goat has swelled a bit.
–A lamb with a wicked bad attitude and no brain, but through hard work and patience (not mine), the kid is getting close to getting it shown right.
–And of course, it always happens to a good one.
Take care of the little things, the day-to-day things. That way when a big thing like having to take a show animal to a chiropractor arises, it can be handled. And the great ones usually have a story that help make them great. And there are reasons that “some people always win”. They take care of the little things and work to make the big things a little thing in the end. In the words of the late great Ritson Urban, “It ain’t no thang!”
To all the ag teachers/agents, heres to hoping that you can find the fast forward button to get through these things and on to the bigger things.