Man, it sure is cold out there. Each time we face these extremes there is an outpouring of support from those who love and care about us. It is appreciated and I will always be thankful to those who think of us when times get tough but you don’t have to thank me. I’m lucky, I got to pick what I want to do, I signed up for this. It isn’t easy and things go wrong, we had a door blow open in the barn and had a water pipe freeze. Great news is we have a heater and it’ll be thawed soon, if it isn’t we’ll go to plan b. We had a lot of advanced notice on this weather and if we are good at anything it’s planning and improvising when the plan inevitably changes. We’ll be ok for sure. We’re the lucky ones, most will never get to have the feeling of euphoria we get when the job is hard but it goes right. The lows on the farm are low but man you just can’t touch our highs when you’re sitting at a desk or stuck in the carpool lane.
If you really want to thank a farmer do it when you vote, do it when you purchase our products. When your friend who doesn’t understand how damn good we are at our jobs put them in touch with us or the resources to educate them. Know that we do our best to raise and produce products that are not only healthy but also safe for our family, your family and our environment. Those are ways to thank us, we appreciate your prayers and well wishes but would love if you would simply thank us with your actions.
First and foremost we hope that this holiday season you will shop local as much as you can. That being said if you are not and you are using Amazon please consider using www.smile.amazon.com when you make your purchases. This simple step will donate 0.5% of your purchase total to the charity or nonprofit of your choice. In the past I have had Heifer International as my selected charity.
Today I found I could change that to an organization very near and dear to my heart, Heartland Acres Agribition Center. Heartland tells the story of Iowa’s agricultural past, present and future. This is a great place for consumers who do not have a connection with agriculture to learn a little about what we do.
Of course I would be delighted if you made Heartland your choice for your Smile purchases but if you choose something else that is a win as well. Amazon is obviously making money hand over fist and when they offer a chance to give back we need to take it even if it is only 0.5% at a time. There is no such thing as a small impact if you care.
When we have our heads down pushing forward trying to make our dreams a reality we don’t give ourselves nearly enough time to smell the roses. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day but what I do not know is how many years it took. What I am sure of is it has taken us 11 years to build this place.
As I sat on that bucket tonight I felt at peace. These cattle have always helped maintain my sanity. In return for all they do for me it is our duty to breed them for longevity, soundness and efficiency. Breeding cattle that have those three keys gives them their best chance at the long productive life they deserve.
While living the past 11 years feels like it has been a long time the realization that it isn’t brings comfort. The progress that we have made tells me we are good at this. We aren’t at all where we want to end up but until the other night I’m not sure I’d grasped how close we are getting.
We hope to see you at the Iowa State Fair or at our place for the Iowa Hereford Tour August 26th. We can’t wait to share our program that brings us so much joy with you.
Our good friend Brad Cole is in his second year racing driving a micro mod. His freshman season was very successful and started his sophomore campaign with a win week one. As you can see below week two didn’t go as well. Even though Brad didn’t do well and operator error was to blame he still gave his fans a recap and congratulated his opponents. This is a big lesson in humility and following through. It would have been easy simply post that the race didn’t go well or not make a post at all but Brad followed through and showed a whole lot of class in doing so. Be like Brad, when things didn’t go as planned he didn’t hide, he told you what happened and that he’d be back as good as ever.
Last night Crystal and I had the pleasure of hosting a Daily Hair Care Clinic for area 4H and FFA members. Lacy and Rylee Short brought over Rylee’s Composite Charolais heifer to be our demonstration heifer. We had a great crowd and I wanted to take a second to put down a few of the things to remember at home and some links to a few of the things we talked about.
Things to remember-
#1- Keep your calf clean. If your calf is dirty they are not going to grow hair.
#2- Brush, when you think you’re done you’re just getting started.
#3- Add back in the oils that you are taking out.
#4- Get your calf completely dry before turning out no matter what the temperature is outside.
#5- You don’t need a fancy show barn or the best equipment to be successful, you have to put the time in and work hard.
All of that being said you can put all of the work in and still not get the result that you want on show day and that is OK! Showing cattle is about the journey, working each day to make you and your calf better. If you do not truly enjoy the process I would highly suggest a different project. There is nothing more rewarding than giving your all and being able to smile when you walk out of the ring no matter the placing because you know you put the work in.
We talked about all the resources available to help you along on your path to the show ring. As I said last night you have more tools available than ever before to help you succeed. Use what is online, ask questions of the breeder of your animal or ask someone in the area. We do this because we love it and would rather talk about cattle than anything else.
These are not the only resources available there are plenty more. If you find something else that can be beneficial to others let us know and we’ll get it added to the list.
We are very excited about this years Iowa Beef Expo Hereford Sale. Fantasy is the best heifer we have ever offered and Renegade will make a great addition to a commercial herd. If you have any questions about either please do not hesitate to contact us.
Better late than never… Here is our Newsletter from the Iowa State Fair if you weren’t able to pick one up in person. State Fair recap post will be coming your way later in the week.
As with all good products you must first have demand and based on the latest happenings in the Hereford breed it appears we have hit the jackpot! JJB Cattle Company is proud to present the Tinfoil Cowboy Hat Cover! This product is perfect for today’s keyboard cowboys (and cowgirls). If you’ve ever had an overwhelming sense of distrust and disbelief in an organization that you VOLUNTARILY give hundreds if not thousands of dollars to, then this hat cover is for you! Help keep the AHA from peering into your thoughts. Just a quick warning, this sucker is gonna make your head hot, but we’re pretty sure you’re already used to that.