Monthly Archives: October 2013

The American Royal

It is that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about? The American Royal! This is the first year for several years I have not drove to Kansas City to participate or even observe. It feels different I must say to not be taking part in this wonderful livestock show and expo, but I enjoy hearing the feedback. I have many friends in the show industry, so I have been keeping my tabs through them as to how it is going. I love how livestock showers come from all around the nation and show against and with one other. I remember when I use to show there how awesome of a feeling it was to meet showers with the drive like me from across the United States.

The American Royal is a great opportunity for people with a passion for livestock to exhibit them and see how they stand up against the livestock from other states. It is not only to compete, but a way to make contacts and new friends. The rush you get is unlike any other. Like I said before it is a great opportunity. I wish anyone who is able and enjoys livestock to go and check it out!

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Farm Life Blessings

As fall settles into Midwest Missouri many things come to an end as the warmer weather moves out. However, the farmer carries on with his and her duties. There are still chores to be done and plans for the coming winter to be made. Therefore, I find that this is a good time for me to reflect on some of the things I love most about life on the farm. Some of the top five things include the following:

Calving and kidding season: I love to see what several months of waiting has finally brought into the world. I thoroughly enjoy watching all the little ones run and play with each other. I also like to watch them grow and see how they turn out. There are always surprises in the way they can turn out/ look and so there is never a dull moment.


Hay season: This on may come as a shock since there is a lot of work and labor that goes into putting up hay, but you can’t beat the smell of fresh cut hay. Bucking bales (square bales) also helps keep a person in shape, so there is more than one benefit.

Nature: This one plays a big role in my life. I love to sit on the front porch and listen to the nature. You can hear the crickets, frogs, coyotes, owls, and many more. I also enjoy walking through the fields and woods and seeing the wildlife that it contains. I can stand in one spot for several moments at time just simply admiring them.

Summer: I love going to stock shows and farm shows. I greatly enjoy showing livestock as well observing. I like to keep up on what consumers in the livestock industry are currently looking for and the qualities that are want in their livestock. It is also interesting to follow the different blood lines. Another fun time is riding horses, fishing, and playing in the creeks and ponds.

Sunrises, sunsets, and stars: I like living in the country where you can look up at the sky at night and see the stars. I also like to see the sunrises and sunsets. There isn’t much to block out the beautiful colors. You can sun rise and fall over the land. It is a beautiful image like a painting across the sky.

These are just a few of the many blessings I have while living on a farm in the country. My heart feels at home and there is nowhere else I would rather be. It sure is a peaceful place and one that I hold most dear.

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Bucket List Item Complete

I have recently marked off one of my bucket list items. This past week I passed my hunters safety class and will be getting my card shortly. I know I’m a little older than most to get it, but age is not a factor when it comes to completing something you want. So this next month during deer season I hope to go hunting. Mixed emotions of both excitement and nervousness fill me inside when I think about it. However, I cannot wait to get my first deer. Some people may not fully understand the concept of why hunting takes place. Well besides it being an ancestral tradition, it also provides food and keeps the wildlife populations under control.

These days money runs tight. It may even be hard to buy groceries at some points. Hunting is a helpful alternative to help put food on the table for your family. This was the original purpose in hunting; however, today there is also the important factor has having population control. Like anything when a species grow with leaps and bounds they require more area and more food. With this they also tend to consume more of farmers crops. Having the right to hunt helps control the overpopulation issue and therefore allows the animals to life a more healthful life.

I do not necessarily look forward to finding a trophy buck, but more for the experience. Yes, it would be nice to have some bragging rights, but I really just want the experience and to live a small step in the life of my ancestors and how they lived off the land.

I am happy to have had the opportunity to take the class and pass. I enjoyed getting to learn about hunting and the safety points. I hope that others interested in hunting and conservation takes the class. It is a learning experience that I greatly appreciate. Pretty soon camo and hunter orange will be the colors of the season. This then makes the next item on my bucket list is to get a deer when the season does roll around.

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2013 Ozarks Fall Farm Fest

The Ozarks Fall Farm Fest was held this past weekend on October 4-6, 2013. FarmFest is an annual event that is held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. This event offers a variety of farm related objects from livestock and trailers to tractors and balers. There are many outdoor and indoor exhibits there to view as well.

One of the main exhibits is the livestock that breeders bring in to be sold or are just on display to be used as advertisement. There were many livestock species there including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, dogs, and swine. Another main focus point for many was the variety of tractors and farm equipment. There were many brands available to view from John Deere to Kubota. Along with this there were automatic waterers, tools, trucks, truck beds, trailers, chutes, gates and panels. Indoors there were also many venders that were advertising anything from animal health products, fencing products, western wear, feed, and much more. If it is related to agriculture more than likely it was there.

I personally had a booth set up trying to sell some goats, western tack, and swine feed additives. It was nice to meet with people and get to know other breeders in the industry. However, it was a cold two days there was a good turn out each day. If you have never been to FarmFest and are interested in agriculture I highly suggest you check it out next year. I enjoy going each year. It helps me keep up with the latest trends and find out what may be new in the agriculture sector. There is a great variety of agriculture items and it is a lot of fun to see.

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