Stop by the Show-Rite® tent at the world’s largest pork industry-specific trade show. Pork producers and industry professionals from all around the world will descend upon the Iowa State Fairgrounds for three days of education and innovation, Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 9, 2017. Watch the show from inside our tent, and enjoy eats, drinks, and industry networking. Our team of show livestock professionals will be on-hand to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
County fair season is upon us, and state fair season is just around the corner. Doing the right things at the right time is what we have been focusing on all year. This Timely Topic will be on focusing on what 4-H and FFA livestock projects are supposed to be about.
The purpose of 4-H and FFA livestock projects are to teach work ethic, teach responsibility, and create an environment for families to spend time together, bond and make the family unit stronger. Winning isn’t everything and we need to keep this in mind when exhibiting at jackpots, county fairs, and state fairs. The idea behind 4-H and FFA wasn’t all about banners and trophies. While the ultimate goal is to win, we all know that there can only be one winner of the banner or trophy.
The biggest winners in 4-H and FFA are the families that build stronger family units, work together, win together, lose together and ultimately have an enjoyable experience at home and at the fairgrounds.
After spending Father’s Day at a jackpot show in Lawerenceville, Illinois; I saw what livestock shows are all about. It was spending time with mom and dad, brother and sister, and then showing livestock. These families were bonded by one goal, having a good time with their own families and friends and at the same time competing with their eye on the prize. I saw kids giving their mom and dad hugs, I saw smiles and tears shed for winning and losing. But most of all, I saw families bonding by showing livestock. That is what showing livestock as 4-H and FFA projects is about.
Doing the right thing and the right time makes for an enjoyable experience. Make your show season this summer the BEST summer ever. Keep your eye on the prize, but at the same time focus on what 4-H and FFA projects are all about and that is FAMILY!
It is April and that is when the work starts for most all of our 4-H and FFA projects. Pigs, lambs and goats have been purchased and now is the time to get cattle ready for the coolers.
One of the most important things that can be done to your pigs, lambs and goats, is to make sure that all animals have been vaccinated and a strategic deworming program is scheduled on your calendar. Worming religiously every month for your cattle, pig and sheep projects is a must. Goats need to be wormed every two weeks to help your project reach their genetic potential.
Knowing what your animal weighs right now is paramount to the success of your project. Deciding what your animal should weigh and when, determines the maturity level and freshness of your animal on show day and will make the difference between being a champ or a chump. We need to have a plan now, so we don’t get any surprises later down the road on the weights of our animals. A set of scales is not a receptacle for feed bags or buckets; but a valuable tool to making your project the best it can be. Don’t procrastinate on getting your animals off to a right start. Weighing them when you get them home and devise a feeding strategy that is flexible to making your animal reach their genetic potential in a timely fashion for show day. KNOWING WHAT YOUR ANIMAL WEIGHS AND HOW MUCH FEED THEY ARE EATING IS A MUST!!!
As far as the cattle projects go, NOW is the time to have all your old, dead, hair shucked out if you have a July or August Fair. Remember hair grows in a 120 cycle, so it will take 120 days from the day you get your old hair out, until you have a totally new coat of hair. Also remember sunlight is not your friend in the cattle arena. We need to keep these calves out of daylight so get them in before sunrise, and don’t turn them out until after sundown. Changing the length of day encourages hair growth, so the less sunlight seen, the more the calf will be in tune to grow hair. If you are rinsing your calves now, make sure you rinse them long enough to lower body temperature.
Remember: THE WORK YOU DO NOW UNTIL YOUR FAIR, WILL HAVE A DECIDING FACTOR IN THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF YOUR PROJECT. In closing: If it is to be; it’s up to me. Look at the person in the mirror- he or she will dictate between backdrops and banners or stalls and sidelines. It’s all up to you!
The Fort Worth Stock Show has kicked off and Show-Rite will have representatives at the Boer Goat Show. Kevin Mock will be on hand to stroll the the barn and answer questions for breeders, as well as discuss about the NEW Relaxlyx Tub. Also somewhere on the grounds, in a corner or under a tree be sure to locate Show-Rite influential, Mr. Lary Duncan. Obviously, if you have any questions regarding Show-Rite Goat Feeds and how they preform these two guys can handle it!
Good Luck and Safe Travels!
The National Western Stock Show is rich with history consisting of some of the worlds greatest livestock, rodeo, and equine. For years people have been coming to Denver, Colorado to experience and take part in the 16-day show. This year Show-Rite is excited and proud to be involved with such a historic event as a sponsor of the 2015 National Western Stock Show. Although NWSS started on January 8th, the Show-Rite team arrived for the livestock activities on Monday the 13th. They started the trip off with a bang at the educational clinic for goats which was presented by Kevin Mock. We are excited to say that the Grand Champion wether was Show-Rite customer, Aspen Martin from Texas and customer Morgan Craig from Oklahoma also had the Division 1 Champion.
With that said, the goat show and clinic is in the books and was a great success! The team is staying busy by visiting with clients and attending events such as the Bases Loaded Angus Sale and Angus in The Mountain, as well as watching the shows. We also had a blast hosting a customer appreciation lunch at the pens of Running Creek Ranch. It has been so fun to socialize and support our customers and clients!
The Show-Rite team is looking forward to whatever the rest of NWSS may bring. If you are also in Denver we hope that you will find one of our representatives to chat, and attend the other educational clinics going on throughout the week:
Sheep: Saturday, Jan 17, 2:00pm
Swine: Monday, Jan 19, 6:00pm
Cattle: Tuesday, Jan 20, 6:00pm
Show-Rite will have a booth at the Hoosier Beef Congress, December 4th-7th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stop by and chat with Chad Day or Dennis Wilber. For more information on the show and schedules, please visit their website.
Show-Rite is a presenting sponsor for the 67th Arizona National Livestock Show. Involvement will include an educational clinic as well as other initiatives. To learn more about the ANLS please visit their website, http://www.anls.org/.
For the second year, Show-Rite Feeds is proud to sponsor the youth livestock shows at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. We will be hosting four educational clinics geared towards goat, sheep, cattle and hog showman. Show-Rite values the opportunities that the National Western offers to youth livestock participants and looks forward to another tremendous event.
Show-Rite will be offering several events prior to Oklahoma FFA Convention for participants to practice and freshen up on knowledge. These events are open to all FFA Chapters across the state of Oklahoma. They will all begin at 6:00 PM sharp, with registration beginning at 5:30 PM. Prizes awarded to the top 5 in each contest, teacher appreciation points awarded to all chapters who attend!
October 7 – FFA Quiz Contest – Dibble High School
October 8 – FFA Quiz Contest – Cushing High School
October 9 – FFA Opening Ceremonies Contest – Bristow and Elgin High School