So, here are some pictures from our week:
This is my group. I am the junior advisor for the Missouri Junior Simmental Association. Shoal Creek sponsored the kids this year, so we took a picture of all the kids in their new shirts and wash pants:
We had 23 juniors from our state with 50 head of cattle head to Minnesota to compete. I am not sure about the total, but there were over 500 juniors competing there.
The 5 educational contests include the Cattlemen's Quiz, Genetic Evaluation Quiz, Sales Talk, Public Speaking, and Showmanship. One of my favorites, and the kids, is the Sales Talk. In Sales Talk, you take your animal out to two judges, and you have 7 minutes to sell your heifer. To prepare, juniors need to know what their heifer can offer a potential buyer and why their heifer would work well in the program, price her fairly, and close the deal. It is great at training juniors how to sell something, and teaching them a better understanding of the industry. This is my daughter attempting to sell her heifer to the judges:
And my son:
Here are the heifers they took up and competed with.
This is FSSR Upperclass Dotty. She is a September heifer, sired by Upperclass and out of Simmi Valley Zsa Zsa (Jeanne owned the cow originally). We purchased 3 embryos and had two bulls and this heifer.
This is FSSR Letti. She is sired by Cut Above (better known as Fat Butt) and out of a half blood Beef Maker x Pioneer cow. She is a November 3/4 blood. She is Bred and Owned for my son.
This was his other heifer, BRSF Elevated Princess. This is the heifer we bought from Ron in the fall. She is a September Elevate by an Uno Mass first calf heifer.
Our daughter always does well in the educational contests and came home with some great awards for her effort.
Overall, it was a good week. It was painful to come back home to this miserable weather; no rain and stupid high heats! Now comes the panic of finding hay for the cattle, since the grass is fried up and has not grown in more than 30 days! A big shout out goes to Ron (Bright Raven) for watching over our place while we were gone for 9 days. He covers in for the last AI stuff going on, and moves my cows as needed to the next fried pasture... lol