Now that I’m a mom, I realize who is really watching the showmen at livestock shows. I watch Lorelei interact with kids 5 or 6 years older than her and try to do everything they do, knowing that they will … Continue reading
An FFA chapter at Noble High School in Oklahoma hosts a livestock show each year for special needs students.
The FFA members pair up with the show participants to teach them how to care for their animals, fit/prepare them for a show and then help them exhibit the animals in a show.
This year, my youngest sister convinced her friend Lexie to show a pig for the first time. A high school junior, Lexie is older than most beginning showmen. Instead of letting that discourage her, however, Lexie is determined to make … Continue reading
According to my dad, our farm now has three divisions: he’s “production,” my sister Renee is “marketing” and I’m “promotions.” He’s not really exaggerating that much. When it comes to making sure our pigs are taken care of, Dad has … Continue reading
Growing up, I had two groups of friends: show friends and school friends. My show friends were the kids I had spent my summers with since I was nine years-old. They were my livestock judging teammates and livestock showing … Continue reading