Later this week, we’ll head to the South Dakota State Fair with three of our bull calves in tow. Entering cattle at the fair each year gives our ranch the opportunity to showcase the genetics that we’ll have available for sale in the upcoming year. And having our seedstock evaluated by a judge and compared to our peers is a great way to keep us on our toes and continue pushing our breeding program in a positive direction.
Granted, the judge’s opinion only accounts for so much. We breed and raise cattle that our customers demand and don’t pay too much attention to the trends of the show ring. Ultimately, we just really enjoy showing cattle, spending time as a family and connecting with other cattlemen and women at this annual event. It’s our summer vacation before the hustle and bustle of the fall begins, and it something we look forward to each year.
Attending the fair gives us the chance to watch several breed shows and see the best of the best parade into the ring. I can’t imagine what represents “genetics in action” much better than that!
This month, BEEF teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim and Synchsure (cloprostenol sodium) by Merial + Cystorelin (gonadorelin) by Merial host a photography contest highlighting your breeding programs and the cattle genetics that are working in your enterprises.
We have received some great entries so far, and we are extending the deadline for entries until tomorrow, August 28, at noon CST. To enter, email me at email@example.com with a photo (one per person please), title and your mailing address. All photos will be added to our gallery, and on Wednesday, we’ll announce the finalists and enlist your help in choosing four champions to receive $50 VISA gift cards.
So head out to your pasture or feedlot and snap a photo of your best stock. We would love to see a glimpse of your cattle business and the genetics that make you profitable.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.