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Animals and Cold Weather

ShowBloom giving you that added edge.. The weather outside can get a bit frightful during the winter months and it can leave people wondering how animals survive in brutal sub-zero temperatures. The range of weather conditions throughout the regions of the U.S. can vary. What one showman thinks of as “cold” may be a tropical vacation to another – just ask an Iowa show family and a south Texas show family – the response will be completely different. Regardless of your own tolerance for the cold, good management practices make a big difference in caring for livestock during the cold weather …

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Scholarship quick tips

Millions of scholarship dollars are given out each year through breed associations, livestock shows, 4-H, FFA and other ag organizations. Taking advantage of these opportunities could be what prevents you from having student loan debt at the duration of your college career! 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. Free money is something everyone can get excited about; however, scholarship applications can quickly become overwhelming. Recently, we sat down with some scholarship experts and gathered …

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What do summer junior shows mean to you?

Another summer show season is quickly approaching the end. As August arrives, it brings county and state fairs and we officially say goodbye to national junior summer shows. Team ShowBloom enjoyed a summer filled with travel, making memories and, of course, chasing those banners! As we at ShowBloom reflect back to our own junior show careers (we aren’t sharing how long it’s been since those years!) we know that those summer national shows were some of the most memorable shows we attended. There’s just nothing like loading up with your family and making treks across the country to see your …

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Things to AVOID while traveling to the show

  Lists are being made. Schedules are getting printed. Driving directions are being pinned in Google maps. There’s no doubt that Junior Nationals are nearing and families across the country are in full swing prep mode getting ready to hit the road for a full week of showing.   No matter how much you plan, pack and organize there will always be some sort of “adventure” that pops up either before you leave, while you’re on the road or once you get to the show. So, just for fun (and as a helpful reminder) ShowBloom compiled a list of things …

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Insider tips for a successful World Pork Expo

Countdown to World Pork Expo 2017 quickly approaching single digits! Founded in 1987 by the National Pork Producers Council, World Pork Expo draws thousands of hog enthusiasts from across the United States every year.   World Pork Expo boasts having “something for everyone” interested in the hog industry both domestically and nationwide. Last year, attendance tallied approximately 23,000 individuals and 350 agricultural companies. Guests enjoy an expansive trade show, educational seminars, industry updates and networking with some of the industry’s best.   Members of Team ShowBloom, however, tend to have one thing on their mind—the show ring. In 2016, 1,290 …

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Why we show

Dedication (noun)— the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.   Growing up in a family that shows livestock is a blessing not enough of this world has the privilege to understand. When asked what you’re doing over summer vacation, spring break, Christmas break, and pretty much every other break you ever had—your non-livestock friends might not have understood why your answer was always “going to Junior Nationals/WPX/OYE/Houston.” However, you, and your family, know there is no better place to spend your family time.   Livestock shows are the greatest teachers, best ways to spend a …

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Changing Seasons. Changing Nutritional Needs.

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”—the common adage for the month of March. This March, however, seemed to come in like a lion AND a lamb and is now providing some interesting twists and turns in the middle. It’s unusually hot and dry in the south, the east coast is experiencing their second winter, and the Midwest wakes up to a completely new climate every single day.   We are all dressing in layers and not sure what Mother Nature is going to bring our way the next day. So, what does that mean for our livestock?   …

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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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Surviving the winter show season

Let’s be honest, surviving January, February and March on the show road is an art form! Whether you are just loading your trailer for Fort Worth, didn’t get completely unloaded from Denver before you headed to your next stop, or still have “organize the tackbox” on your to do list, one thing holds true…winter show season is here! All across the country people are locked in on the 2017 show season. At ShowBloom, we know our customers are already in high gear competing from Perry, Georgia to Western Bonanza in California. No matter your species of preference, your geographical location …

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The scoop on VFD

As the January 1, 2017 deadline for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) nears, veterinarians, producers and feed mills begin the transition to new compliance rules. Good news for ShowBloom customers, the all-natural supplement can still be fed to all species with no additional documentation needed.   In short, VFD will help regulate that all medications in feed and those that are water-soluble will require producers and feeder to have a signed form by a veterinarian familiar with their operation. Producers will work with their veterinarian to complete the form which includes: the producer’s name and address, the …

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