The 2012 Iowa State Fair was a very special one for me. Crystal and I rolled down to Des Moines really early Saturday morning with the tack and stock in tow. We took 5 head which included a cow/calf pair, bred heifer and two additional heifer calves. Before the show is always a great time to walk around the barns either sniffing out the competition or looking for your next calf. I really wish we had a day to hangout at the stalls after the show but that is a whole different story.
This year the judge was Brett Barber from Dumas, Texas. There were 203 head of Hereford cattle entered, which I think might have been the highest it has been in a while. The day started off with the showing of the cow/calf pairs. Crystal thought we were in the second class so the show waited a little bit for us to get to the ring but we weren’t the last ones their either so it was all good. We walked in at the end of the class and walked out at the front. What a great feeling and huge relief, we really wanted that class win! We then went out for the champion cow/calf selection and were fortunate enough to be selected as the champion. Those cow/calf deals are a ton of work and my hat is off to the people that drag (or get drug) a pair to all these shows, I think it will be a while before we take one again! Right after the pair showed we had to take the three heifers who were born the same day into the ring. Crystal showed the calf from the pair, Max Cherry showed the S109 x 173P heifer and I took the Shock & Awe x Ginger baby. Crystal was pulled out in second place, I was pulled third and Max was fourth. Judge Barber decided he needed to walk the top four and switched his middle pair with the Ginger heifer moving up a spot. The class was won by a flashy About Time heifer from Baja Cattle. Baja also won the Hereford Herdsman trophy, it is fun to see other young producers excel!
So after the 2, 3 & 4 we had a bit of a gap until the bred showed. And this gave my father-in-law plenty of time to get her ready. Rob came down from Alberta to help us at the show and man oh man was he a big help. He washed, lead and answered any of my questions no matter how off the wall they were. He had the cattle looking GREAT when they walked into the showring. I think Rob was happy to get back to his Hereford roots. When it was finally time to head to the ring Teardrop was fitted to the max and looked great. She would go on to win her class and then get many looks during division but didn’t get a banner. She will have a Revolution heifer calf this January and we can’t wait!
|Teardrop getting ready to head into the showring|
The 2012 fair was one will will not forget and we will share pictures with you as soon as we get them. The three heifer calves we showed are all available and we have pictured two and will get them posted early next week.
This show was made very special not only by the success in the ring but by the people that we got to share it with. My mom and dad came down Sunday afternoon and brought along with them Travis Smock who you might remember was the best man in our wedding. Travis quickly caught on and was leading calves in no time. My Grandpa Jim and Grandma Judy also made it to see the show. One big surprise was seeing my Uncle Bob and his girlfriend Tiny at the show, when I saw them I even said “Hi Bobo!” while we were showing the pair. And once again thanks to my father-in-law for coming from Canada. With out the support of all of these people it would not be possible to do what we do.
We are very excited for the future of JJB Cattle Company and we hope that you all share in that excitement as well. Thank you all for the support and love and friendship and knowledge, we won’t let you down and have never been more excited for our future!
The past three weeks have been filled with many nights and weekends spent at the barn, but Jon and I are excited that State Fair Weekend has finally arrived.
This year we will be showing five Herefords at the Iowa State Fair. We’ll be showing an Advance S109 cow and her March Supercharger heifer calf. We also will have two more heifer calves, with one sired by Advance S109 and the other by Shock & Awe in the string. As luck would have it all three heifer calves were born on the same day. It was definitely a busy calving day at JJB. All three of these heifer calves will be for sale. Finally, we will be showing a bred heifer out of sired by Shock & Awe and out of the Ginger Gal cow that Jon won the 2005 JHNE with! We are very excited about our bred who we call Teardrop.
Be sure to stop by the stall if you are attending the fair this weekend. We move in on Saturday and will show on Monday. The coolers will be full of cold drinks and food. And fellow Hereford Breeder, Jill Harker, has been sharing show day her crockpot recipes with me.
Our newest addition to the herd. An August heifer calf out of Breakout and another S109 daughter. We named her Nothing Compares in honor of the Iowa State Fair slogan.
When Gary Maurer calls and says “you’re gonna want to see this I’m going to pick up a couple of Amish guys” well you pay attention and make sure you don’t miss it! And that is what Crystal and I did when we were home Saturday for lunch after working with the fair calves that morning. The following video is of the silo on its first attempt to become a flat pile of rubble.
The future is something that I have been known to regularly day dream about and get lost in. I view these day dreams and getting lost as planning sessions. But that is not my current point. I just watched the following video and it made me think. It showed a lot of these great things happening all over the world and a lot of these grand achievements. BUT it included nothing about agriculture… what are you going to do/doing to improve our world through your production? Is there more we can do? Do we need to think outside the box more? Where will we be in 10, 20 and 50 years?
As the video says “Let yourself be overwhelmed”. In agriculture we get to see amazing things on a daily basis that would blow a lot of peoples mind. We live on a beautiful planet, I hope you take the 2 minutes and 15 seconds to watch this video… and then get back to work, we have a long road ahead of us and we have only just begun.
Don’t miss a chance to talk with Crystal about blogging tonight on the DRIVE Ag Network at 8:00 p.m. CDT. It is free to sign-up and I’m sure she would love to hear from everyone tonight. I hope to make it online to participate but might get held up and the farm as we all of the sudden have 12 head behind the barn!
Today marks my first post on the JJB blog.
|Christy and I standing
on the OSU Football field.
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Sure Jeff forgot the L in Blin but for a Texan to not add another N to the end of our name is a huge step forward. I am very excited for Crystal and her dedication to improvement. I wish we both could have gone but maybe I can go if they hold another one of these and then we can really compare notes! Follow both of us on Twitter our handles are @jjbcattleco and @crystalcattle.
This past week was spent in Oklahoma getting ready for the Seedstock Source XX Sale at Star Lake Cattle Ranch. I had planned on getting an update up on here while we were down there but as typically happens I ran out of time! I was busy looking at cattle, trying to get a purchasing plan together for some of my favorite lots and took a bunch of pictures. This was the first time I have ever used a “real” camera and there is much room for improvement but these are some that I took that I liked.
|One of the many fancy heifer calves to sell at the side of her momma. She is just a March baby!|
|This is an example of the picture in the catalog not quite doing an udder justice, which happens a lot with the 2 year-old cows that are featured in this sale as they grow and change.|
|We get our fair share of razzing from people saying that our cattle are just too big. Most of those people have never seen the cattle outside of a showring picture. This is National Champion Lock-N-Load… too big???|
|The 13th (in a row) Carload trophy that Star Lake has won at the National Western Stock Show in Denver|
|A picture of the beautiful Mrs. Crystal Blin. Funny thing is she is always scolding me on my “technique” sometimes I don’t look through the viewfinder thing and just snap away. Most times it doesn’t work but others (like this) it does, I’ll continue to “shoot from the hip”|
|And last but not least my super cool nephew Grover Barber. He has done a lot of growing up since I had seen him last and I am very happy with the dog that he has become!|
All in all the cattle sold great. The people are the best. The steak and booze were both great and free. The only downsides were Crystal and I not getting anything bought and the Piano Man not knowing The Red Strokes by Garth Brooks I MEAN COME ON YOU PLAY A PIANO AND ARE FROM OKLAHOMA. He must be a Sooners fan.
This is one of my favorite cows that I have owned part of at the ranch down in Skiatook. She will sell on Saturday the 19th of May. She is an Online daughter out of the Nanna cow that my sister Jaci showed. Her bull calf sired by S109 will turn some heads as well, in the footnote Montie called him “super good” so that can’t be bad. Video of this lot will be available on the 10th. If you have any questions about this female or any of our other cattle selling please Contact Us or the ranch at (918) 396-4322 we’d love to here what you think.