Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 TN Beef Agribition

This week, my spring break, I am going to do some serious catching up!  My mind is consumed with blog ideas but my schedule is packed.  So get ready to read!!
  Agribition was the second weekend in March.  It was exactly three weeks after the Dixie National.
Pop and I made the three hour drive to Lebanon with four heifers in tote. Our friend Caleb was coming from Clarksville with two other heifers.  We had six heifers between three people.  Friday and Saturday we stayed in the Junior Barn.  The first two days were "hair days" because all we had to do was wash, dry, and work the hair. While the heifers were eating Saturday morning I went to the TN Cattlewomens' meeting where we did housekeeping and elected officers!
The Start of Something Great! The beginning of Tennessee CattleWOMEN!
 When I got back to the barn Caleb's heifers were tied up but neither Caleb nor David were to be found.  I did "hair day" mostly by myself!  I found out later Caleb and David were looking for a new heifer for me, so they are excused. Once the Hereford and Simmental sales were over, we moved into the main barn.  Later,  I attended the Beef Ambassador dinner but I couldn't stay the whole time because and Stock Show U was using Claire for a fitting demo and we had to be back to the barns by five.  Stock Show U is a clinic to help youth learn to fit and prepare their animals for show.

Janna Sullivan Tennessee Beef Industry Council and Charles Hord Tennessee Cattlemens' Association
Taylor Green, Me, and Samantha Reese at the Beef Ambassador dinner

Fitters who helped with Stock Show U

Stock Show U

When we got to the barn Sunday morning.  It was absolutely freezing. I didn't think I could put enough clothing on.

I rinsed all six so David and Caleb dried!
  We were on an outside isle so we got all the wind.  We worked ten times harder to keep the blood flowing to stay warm and to get the work done.  Once the work was done, I was walking to the truck to get more clothing and felt a warm was the generator exhaust.  I found a chair and sat in front of it in between coffee runs! Probably not the smartest thing, but I was freezing.

I warmed up quickly during the day because I was running between the rings to show! I had a Hereford and an Angus in one ring. In the other ring I had an All Other Breed, two Percentage Simmentals, and s Chi Influence heifer.  This is a lot of animals to juggle with one showman.  My job was to show, Dad's job was to hold heifers in the make-up area and get them to and from the ring, and Caleb and David's job was to fit.  It got real confusing when we had a class winner or a second place!  All of the animals I took with the exception of the hereford got 1st or 2nd. (Seconds go back in if the first from their class wins Grand.)  I had a pretty good day!  Peggy walked off with Reserve Chi Heifer and I got a surprise from the TN State Fair....a belt buckle!  It was Christmas in March!

Doug Satree-  Judge-  He was the Judge at the Tennessee
State fair last year when I won Junior Champion of Champions.  He was
also one of the judges at this years TN Beef Agribition.

Oppy- Percentage Simmental-- I love this heifer!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

2014 Dixie National

I hadn't seen Elli in almost one week! Too long for this sister!
The day after the National Cattlemen's convention was over Mom and I headed for the Dixie National in Mississippi.   I am little late with this post because between the time of the Dixie National and now I have gotten a job at the stock barn in Athens and been working really hard in my Dual enrollment classes at Maryville College. Anway, the show took place during the second weekend of February. My cattle and the Green's Limousin cattle were hauled down to Jackson, Mississippi for the show by my fitter and I came down with mom from Nashville. I made mom drive extra fast because I was having separation anxiety from my heifers.
Taylor Green (Tyler is between our heads)

Once we got there all the work was done. Bummer!  I wasn't too worried because I knew more work was to be expected on Sunday (show day).  Saturday was the Simmental sale, and we happened to be stalled right next to the isle where they displayed the sale cattle before the sale.  That worked out in our favor because we had all sorts of traffic and interest in all our heifers. 
This is my pop on sale day in the arena! 

  I told you earlier that Sunday would be full or work but I underestimated the amount. We brought four head down, two Limis, and two Simmis. We thought we had time in between them all to get them ready..but...we didn't. David and Tyler had to get four head ready to show and in the ring in a matter of an hour. The Simmis showed in the big arena and the Limousin showed in another area.   It takes a good chunk of time to just get one fitted.  Four in that time seemed impossible. Needless to say we got it done and everything got to the ring on time with help from my Dad. To our delight, Jess won Grand Champion Percentage Heifer and I got her put back up in time to see Taylor get Grand Champion Limousin.  As soon as that was over, it was time for me to show Taylor and Tyler's bull  The Bull won Grand Champion!!!    What an awesome day and a really nice show!  It couldn't have gotten much better.  If you follow my blog you'll know that we've had a dang good year with new shows! 
Grand Champion Simmental Percentage Dixie National 2014