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5 Ways to Be a Winner…In Life and In the Show Ring

By Sally Long There’s a famous quote that says…”Sit with the winners, the conversation is different…” We love this quote and recently I have done some reflecting on what my conversations with true winners have looked like: 1.     Winners don’t make excuses. So things didn’t go your way and you had a bad show. It is so easy to find blame in the judge, the setup, the situation and anything else that could possibly help explain the disappointment.  However, all of those things are out of your control as a competitor. Winners let go of the things they cannot control …

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Show Lessons from a Show Pig

By: Marisa Linton Showing pigs, while a great deal of fun, is also a lot of work. Beyond the typical feeding, brushing, and daily care of your pig, it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to train your pig. Hours, in fact, of walking and turning, and pretending your mom is the judge. Exhausted yet? It certainly can be. Show pigs have a lot to learn if they are ever going to become champions. However, perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from our show pig.     1. Complaining doesn’t help when you must do something. It …

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What do you need in order to survive the NAILE?

 By: Katie Pieper   Sure, everybody’s needs are different, but this is your reminder checklist of staple items to be sure to pack in preparation for heading the Louisville.   · Coffee, 5-Hour energy, or for the health nuts, green tea. Regardless of how or what, make sure you have an endless supply of CAFFEINE! This is, first and foremost, extremely important! I could not survive 5 days in Louisville without it.     · A close second, be sure to get yourself a couple pair (because this is a good excuse to buy something new) of Twisted-X shoes. Whether …

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10 Things You MUST Do in Kansas City

  The leaves are turning, the thermostat is dropping, and that means the start of what livestock kids have been patiently waiting all year for…FALL SHOWS! Over the next few weeks, over 10,000 exhibitors will be headed to the Kemper Arena to show at the American Royal. We know that for so many of you on Team Showbloom, these shows also double as a family vacation….so we came up with a few fun things that you have to do when you`re in Kansas City!     1) Watch the Steer Show! The Kansas City steer show has become known as …

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The importance of role models

                      This time of the year is one of the most exciting! Some stock are nearing their final show of their careers, last year’s breds are calving/farrowing/lambing/kidding for the first time and showmen are getting a jump start on new year’s project.   Facebook is filled with winter winners photos, new life entering the world and beautiful landscapes that can only be painted by the unpredictable winter weather across the country. As with each new year or new animal there comes a new excitement, new goals and most importantly, new …

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Start your calves off RIGHT!

All across the country, barns back in full swing after the summer show season. Whether you are still gearing up for a state fair, on the hunt for next year’s show calf or somewhere in-between, one thing is for certain—you need to take the ShowBloom Challenge.   The ShowBloom Challenge is simple – just feed ShowBloom for 90 days and you’ll see the “bloom” of good nutritional health and achieve their full potential. We guarantee you will see the results ShowBloom has been producing since 1983. Once those 90 days are up, you will want to continue feeding ShowBloom through …

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Tips for Scholarship Success

School is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing…so are scholarship deadlines! Youth growing up in agriculture are lucky to have numerous opportunities to earn scholarships though breed associations, livestock shows, FFA, 4-H and many more. Free money is something everyone can get excited about; however, scholarship applications can feel a little overwhelming from time to time. At ShowBloom, we understand the importance of scholarships and awarding youth for their achievements. This year ShowBloom was able to award scholarships to some exceptional youth and feel there is no better investment. Recently, we sat down with some scholarship experts …

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Judges Divulge 10 Secrets to Winning Showmanship

Most times when you lead livestock into the ring, the judge’s job is to evaluate your livestock. However, when competing in a showmanship contest, it’s not the confirmation of your animal that’s under scrutiny, but you. Showmanship is a tough contest, but an important one, as the better showman you are, the better you can make your animal look when it counts. At ShowBloom, we understand the importance and value of Showmanship competitions and are proud to sponsor the showmanship series at Belt Buckle this summer in Texas. We sat down with the contest judges to see what they are …

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We love Culver’s

  We love Culver’s,   As a company serving farmers for over 135 years we love to promote and support organizations that understand and support American agriculture and the American farmer and ranchers. That’s why we love Culver’s restaurants. They have a great campaign, “Thank You Farmers” which salutes and appreciates farmers and ranches. They have donated millions of dollars to support the National FFA organization and most recently they raised and donated nearly $20,000 to support students that needed help purchasing their own FFA jacket. Culver’s press release stated, “This jacket is more than just something students wear; it’s representative of the …

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Leading By Following

I remember the first time I saw them. I was 10 years old at the National Junior Angus Show. While it wasn’t my first time attending, it was my first time showing. My heifer that year was almost too tame and a little reluctant to move sometimes. While we were in class, a guy was suddenly behind me, helping to coax her along. He wore a green jacket. And no, he wasn’t a Master’s golf champion. The green jackets of the National Junior Angus Association board stand out. And for my junior show career in the NJAA, you could often …

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