Once again, congrats to the Lorenze family on their Res. Grand steer at Elkhart Co fair. Sired by Simple Man
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
We have started our annual pilgramage zig zagging across the state of Indiana clipping cattle for the Indiana State Fair this week and will finish up in Illinois the end of the week. Good luck to all of the exhibitors leading our genetics in the ring.
I took this picture last night to send the tag number to someone, but did not realize how creepy looking the oucture was till this morning. Kind of reminds me of the old Brooks and Dunn steer logo at their concerts that had smoke coming through its nose and glowung eyes.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Congratulations to Mya Lorenze on her Res. Grand steer yesterday at the Elkhart Co. Open beef show. He was a Simple Man x Angus. Thanks to the Lorenze family for all their continued support over the years. Good luck to Mya and family this week during the 4-H show
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Good luck to the Drake family tonight at the Madison Co. fair with their Heatwave steer out of our # 8 donor. Keep the streak alive!
OK, so I never intend to get on a soapbox on this blog...I set this up to be another avenue for marketing our livestock and letting people know what is going on around our place, but every now and then you are going to see me jump right up on that box...today is one of those days!
As I stated in the previous blog regarding this subject, I would never push any of this on my kids, I would do my best to encourage it, but never push it. It really annoys the hell out of me when people that don't understand anything about the lifestyle of a farm family or the life of a show family start telling me what I should or should not do as far as raising my kids. Case in point, yesterday at the fair, I had a person extremely close to my family tell me, and I quote" Well hell, if you are going to have someone else leading that calf and just have your son scratch it, you might as well put it in their name and let them show it." Not gonna lie, that really pissed me off. Why?? Because this person knows nothing about all the effort we have put in just to get to this point. This person does not understand all the friendships that are made by being gone 3 weekends a month showing livestock, not to mention the amount a bonding time( both good and bad) that our family has. I simply looked at this person and said, " We did it this way so that no one got hurt and we did not take three steps back and be another 2 years before he showed again." I can't tell you the countless youth I have had the privelage of metoring through livestock projects over the years and the one thing I always here parents say is, "Ya know, we just don't seem to have much trouble with Jack or Jill", and that is what I want for my family. I am not saying that just being affiliated with this program is going to make sure that your kids don't get into trouble later in life, that is where this thing called parenting comes in, however I would be willing to bet that if you polled most 15-19 years olds that have been in 4-H, FFA or a junior livestock program that taught them honesty, responsibility, and good sportsmenship, you would find that the percentage of "troubled kids" would be very, very low. Sure, this ain't the cheapest thing to do with your kids, and we all know how tight money is. By the time you buy the animals, feed, gas to shows, hotels, food, electric at the barn, supplies, etc...most of us could afford to take a REALLY nice vacation each year. But that is the point, people like us consider these weekend shows, fairs, junior nationals, fall majors our vacation for the year and we would not trade the experiences for anything. In closing, much like Crystal Blinn( CrystalCattle.com, Sure Champ representative) says, make sure you are an "Agvocate"...whether that is educating people of what types of humane, healthy food your and your family raise, or about why it is important to raise our kids in the world of junior livestock programs teaching responsibility and everything that goes with it.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thanks for letting me get a little off track here today...wait, why am I thanking you, it's my blog!LOL. Thanks to Rachel and the crew at RHD for continuing to provide great weekly motivation.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Starts at 8pm CST/ 9pm EST
Get tuned up for fair season by chatting live with legendary cattle educater, Kirk Stierwalt.
July 11 – clipping and fitting
July 18 – showring issues/showmanship
July 25 – breeding and feeding
Monday, July 9, 2012
This weekend will be a busy and exciting one. Not only are we putting on a Weaver sponsored demo in Decatur Co., In on Sunday morning, but Kendall shows his very first calf in the Mini beef show at the county fair. Mom is a bit nervous, but I think Kendall and his Bodacious steer "Rampage" will do just fine. Good luck buddy!! This a picture of Rampage chilling out under the fans and fogger on Saturday when it hit 102 degrees.