Success on the Range and in the Ring
We don’t raise show cattle, we show cattle we raise.
We have often debated about the merits of showing cattle. We worry that there are times in the industry where it becomes tempting to compromise on the fundamentals in favor of competition. However, there are also many benefits it affords.
- First and foremost, it helps develop our kids. The learning and opportunities that our industry provides agricultural youth in the show environment is second to none. The relationships that the kids make will last far longer than any ribbons they win. We have discovered that the enthusiasm of the younger generations can take you further than you ever thought possible.
- Secondly, for our own development. When we get to the shows, it’s a community unlike any other….graced with so many competitive yet thoughtful, caring, strong, fun and hardworking people. The exchange of ideas about what works and what doesn’t can’t help but make everyone involved a better stockman. Thirdly, it allows us a great opportunity to assess multiple genetics in an efficient manner. Kurt and Mick spend a lot of time through the barns looking for both positive and negative patterns in progeny, to assist us with our own genetic selection.
- Last, but not least, the cattle we show are cattle from our program and getting them in show condition allows us to demonstrate the results our customers can expect from our genetics when fed on a higher plane of nutrition. It re-enforces our confidence that our genetics have enough muscle, depth of body and quality to remain relevant in todays cattle industry.
We hear from many customers, that show cattle don’t work for them. We have made a commitment to showcase the genetics we raise for our commercial buyers, and will not compromise on our fundamentals.