Hello again! I hope everyone has had a great Christmas, New Year’s and winter calving season! I can’t tell you how happy I am to see new babies being born in our pastures. There’s nothing that is prettier than riding the pastures at sunset and seeing the calves prancing around and nursing on their dams. I always like to pick out which ones will be better production cows and which ones will go on to be great show heifers, steers, and bulls. I have to say I appreciate and cherish the moments I have been able to spend in the show ring. I have been showing purebred and commercial animals since I was 8 years old, and it was the best decision I ever made. I can’t even explain to you the rush of seeing a judge walk your way and shake your hand to reward you Grand Champion or knowing the thrill of winning your showmanship division. However, the best part is the bond you create with your show calves. I still remember my first heifer Shortcake, who I bottle-fed and gave a bath to when she was only 2 weeks old. Or my favorite shorthorn bull Apache, who had the biggest head I’ve ever seen and would rub it all over you. I feel a sense of pride watching my old show cows prosper in the pasture when they enter the production stage. Knowing I was there at the start of their short show careers, and now I get to experience them bringing the next generation of cattle into our ranches. The show cattle and the exhibitors in the state of Florida are such a big part of this industry. I want to congratulate anyone who has ever shown a calf, it doesn’t matter where you placed; you made a difference in the cattle industry just by participating and being proud of the animal you exhibited. I want everyone else to know that the show industry is a very important part of the Junior Cattlemen, because we see the future in those calves that we exhibit. We love and appreciate the support that we receive from the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen and we hope that never ends.
Until next time, God Bless!