Monthly Archives: August 2011

Oregon State Fair or Red Raider Classic

2008 Oregon State Fair

My New Mexico Lady Meme

The month of August always seems to tie my family to a livestock event or two. The third weekend always is spent either packing the trailer, clipping or grabbing those last minute items in town before we trek to the state capital or we are already in Salem for the Oregon State Fair. This well neither of those things happened this year, instead we went to Hawaii as a family. Quite the change of pace if you ask me!

The Hawaii pictures will be up this week I hope!

As a member of the Agriculture Education and Communication Graduate Organization (AECGO) the yearly fundraiser is to host a one-day, two-ring lamb jackpot show. I have to say I got a great job of taking taking pictures of great lambs and super kids this last weekend.

Being a grad student not on assistantship has made my experience in grad school different; it sure has not been what I had imagined! I am grateful for what I have learned in the last year, but I would not advise anyone to go into a masters program in agriculture without an assistantship. This was my first time getting to see many of my fellow grad students since our mini summer break while doing something that most of us grew up doing, showing livestock. As well as the brief opportunity to chat with friends that I spent many quality moments with in the Texas Tech University Animal and Food Sciences department classes, events and organizations.

Oregon State Fair (OSF) was a big jump in my life, I had moved from the big shows(I am being very sarcastic) in Eastern Oregon to a State, Regional and depending on the year a National scale of livestock competition. The OSF was the show that launched me into chasing my dreams, making friends, connections and helped me focus my goals of raising quality cattle. So it is always bitter sweet not to be in Salem this time of year. With that showing livestock not only shaped my life, but so many of my fellow grad students lives as well.

Welcome to Texas Tech University Home of CHAMPIONS

When I toured Tech, Kayla Rathmann was sure to lead me into the livestock arena, it was evident then that the banner than hung in the middle of the arena really did mean something, but it means even more now. This is one of my favorite shots of the day with Chelsea and the banner. This banner reads Welcome to Texas Tech University Home of Champions. Chelsea was a member of the 2010 Livestock Judging Team and the National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team, I think its fitting.

Major thought of the day: Do not, I repeat DO NOT stop showing until you leave the ring.

Check out my photos page for a few other shots!

Better Late Than Never—Kickin’ It In Kansas

It’s almost September, finally I am putting all my thoughts into a blog about the 2011 National Junior Hereford Expo (NJHE) in Kansas City, Missouri, July 9-16. I guess I needed some time to collect my thoughts.

I honestly compare missing Junior Nationals to missing Christmas with my family. In short, I imagine one day in the future, I might not have this feeling, until then I will be at the NJHE every July.

Zach

Zach in the Second Round of Intermediate Showmanship

Fortunately, I have several reasons to be present at the National Junior Hereford Expo for the next few years. Those reasons are the junior members from the Northwest that have I been watching grow, change and become some amazing young people. Several of those kids are pictured here, I know missed some, but I did get a few shots of some great junior members during showmanship.

The Hereford family is something that motivated me to keep showing. Let’s just say when my family and I experienced our first state show we were a bit of a spectacle. It was learning experience and one that could have easily scared me to never leave the walls of the Grande Ronde Valley again.  Thankfully, the welcome into the Hereford breed was felt by parents and my younger sister so kept us all coming back to the next show or event. I specifically want to thank the Burn’s family and the in the memory of Donald for making me laugh after a terribly embarrassing class. Also, to the Thomas Family of Y-Cross Herefords, thank you for showing me the basics and dealing with one spoiled heifer.

Kelsey

Kelsey, one of my favorites from Idaho

I am going to brag a bit, I am proud and not afraid to tell you that. I am proud of being apart of family that been a vital part of the Hereford breed for almost 130 years. Check out the Chandler Herefords history! This is my “real” Hereford family and I am so thankful they have given me so many opportunities to raise and breed cattle along with guiding my path in life.

Let’s get back to some highlights of the 2011 NJHE. First, I would like to thank Angie Denton for giving me the opportunity to help her throughout the busy week in Kansas City. I learned a lot and enjoyed working for the American Hereford Association for one of the greatest weeks for the Hereford breed.

Like I said the Hereford breed is one big family, my closest Hereford family members are somewhat random. Triple T Farms has claimed me as the fourth daughter, I am proud to say my sister Courtney was elected the National Junior Hereford Board representing the Northwest Region. Congrats again Courters! Also another shout out to Bailey from Oregon for super week in Kansas City, keep working hard! It was another week for the record books, from Kari putting the capstone on her career to watching the success of various junior truly making the difference in others lives, it was amazing.

Bailey

Bailey worked her way quietly and diligently through the day to become the 2011 Res. Champion Junior Showman

On a personal note, was so good to see so people that have impacted my life in more ways than I can describe. I think the list could get really long for all the thank yours I owe my family, breeders, friends and association staff. As a junior member I was given the opportunity to really find out who I wanted to be. I worked hard at events and home. I learned how manage show cattle at home and on the road. Being a familiar face in the ring made the transition into college easier and got me on the LBCC Livestock Judging, which was the source of seven amazing ladies who are my life long best friends.

Emilee

Emilee doing her thing!

I won’t keep rambling here, but if you are interested in becoming an active junior member or encouraging your children to be a junior member, I would say do it! Do it and it right, get involved, work hard and don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone and ask questions.

Thank you to everyone for inspiring, encouraging and helping me. Whether it was to get trailers unloaded or helping me make connections throughout the industry, I sure wouldn’t be where I am today without my experiences as a junior member of the National Junior Hereford Association.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls

The August edition of Texas Monthly features a striking cover shot with a headline that reads Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls, which I couldn’t agree with more. There are few points in this article that I found to be pretty valid and interesting.

I found so much irony in this headline as I had just been in an intense discussion about the importance of women on the western frontier. The gentleman I was having this conversation with is what I would stereotype to be your typical Texan and he just could not wrap his mind around what I had to say. I was quick to inform him I was not from Texas and I was raised by a mother who has probably built more fence that he has.

Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to elude in any way I better, stronger or as talented than anyone from any where with that statement, but since moving south I have been told countless times “That’s a mans job…”. Yes, sometimes some jobs are better to be left to a man, but I don’t see why I can’t give any job or task a try.

If I never heard that phrase again it wouldn’t be soon enough. 

Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls

Texas Monthly August 2011

On that note, the feature story by Barney Nelson highlights many of the tests and trails of women while living the dream of heading west. This story focuses on the women of the past and present who have done the jobs to ensure success of their families and the businesses that sent them westward.

Cowgirl’ is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The girl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses—Dale Evans

Nelson is also dedicated to reshaping the image of the cowgirl into one that is not tied to the “…buckle bunny, concho whore, boots and breakfast, or trolling with turquoise” titles. The image that she desires to portray through this story is one of dedication, determination and the ability to just do ones jobs without the need for praise.

A very intriguing portion of this article is the mention of people who live the western or rural lifestyles that have chosen to maintain a type of silence. Cowgirls, written by Teresa Jordan in 1982, looked at women throughout the west who rodeoed and worked the ranches. She discovered that many of these women chose this sort of invisibility to the national icon of the cowboy. At the same time she concluded that many of the men and women of this lifestyle were content with being almost invisible.

So this invisibility that has been chosen by those who are feeding, clothing and producing countless other products that betters the population of the world, because of the negative light the most major media outlets portrays agriculture? Or is it due to the romanticized story of the cowboy or the rich farmer?

Whatever the case, this is an issue in agriculture. It has been almost thirty years since this book was published, more people within agriculture are willing to tell their story and why things are done in a certain manner. Yet at that same time the guard of agriculturist has gone even higher against talking to the media for fear of a miss understanding with the public. I have ordered my copy of Cowgirls!

I encourage you to pick up this months issue while you still have time!

To all the ladies that have impacted my life, forever and always, my heroes have always been cowgirls!

Pitch Perfect! The how-to guide to handling the media.

There are lots of areas I know I am not confident in or have a clue where to start researching to find the information I am seeking. Pitch Perfect describes the details of how to handle the media, which is something I knew nothing about prior to reading this book by William Tyson. This is a great read for those who may have a future in academia and just for anyone else that may wonder what the next step is in getting a story pitched. Below is my hand out for acom 5308.
Pitch Perfect by William Tyson