For a very long time I’ve wanted to do a JJB Newsletter but haven’t had the time, if I have learned anything from Crystal selling bracelets it’s that if you want it done you make time. That being said here is the first ever JJB Newsletter. Stop by and see us at the Iowa Beef Expo Tuesday the 14th to Thursday the 16th to pick up a hard copy.
For the past few years we have been fortunate to be able to consign to the Perks Ranch Fall Celebration Sale. Each year we try to take some of our best and this year we think JJB KEEP 2D fits the bill. She was born on the second to last day in January weighing 67 lbs out of a first calf heifer. Her momma is sired by the breed icon Online and is also linebred Online, she also goes back to the famed Rosy Lane cow family. Keeps sire is a Hometown son out of Perks super donor Princess 172p making him linebred P606. If you follow Hereford pedigrees those last two sentences surely have your attention, linebred Online on the bottom and P606 on the top is a maternal masterpiece in the making. Keep has what it takes to hold your attention as well. She is long bodied, big bellied, good hipped and super sound. Keep is tough to beat on paper and even better on the hoof.
There are a lot of good heifers that will sell this fall but few will have the linebred predictability of this knockout. Heifers like this are what we strive to produce and it is our honor to offer her to you on Saturday October 8th at the beautiful Perks Ranch in Rockford, Illinois. If you have any questions about Keep or any of our other members of our 2016 calf crop do not hesitate to contact us.
Birth: January 30th, 2016 – Reg: P43714921
S: PERKS 172P TRIBUTE 4005 ET – D: JJB YANKEE ROSE 5B
Entry’s are due today for the Jr. National and with that you should be hard at work with your calf. Be sure that when you practice with your calf you take the time to do it right. If you don’t know how to do it right find someone who does, they needed help at some point as well. Don’t rush yourself, there are no shortcuts.
This years calving season was a good one. We didn’t get as many heifers as we wanted but the ones we did get are good. The bull and steer prospects are exciting as well and we can’t wait to share them with you. Our bull Tribute did an AWESOME job with his first calf crop. If you are in the area and want to take a look let us know. Now it’s time to #watchthemgrow16!
Congrats you made it! Take a deep breath and reflect. It does not matter if you are graduating from High School or College, the journey has not been a short one. When you are handed your diploma rejoice, you’ve accomplished your goal.
Which brings me to my first bit of advice- That piece of paper does not define you. You’re just getting started it doesn’t matter if you are the head of the class or the bottom, your actions from here are what will make you.
People are going to tell you that these are/were the “best years of your life” don’t let that be the case. Sure life for many is a lot easier when you aren’t in the “real world” I mean who is a fan of bills and not doing what you want all the time but that doesn’t mean you should settle. Make every day great, only you can do this for yourself. Others will help but in the end it’s up to you.
You’re going to get your heart broken. This may have happened to you by now it may never happen but it’s probably going to and that’s ok. It is a much bigger deal to you at the time than it is in the grand scheme of things. Move along and if it is meant to be it will be, the best way to kill a relationship is to smother it. Plants need air and light to grow and so do relationships. There is a reason it hurts and that is because there were good parts, never forget the good it will be there again in some form with the one you’re meant to be with.
Good things happen to good people. Hold the door for folks. Say thank you. Smile. Be genuine. There is a reason the Golden Rule is the first thing that you are taught in Bible school, it’s the most important and fundamental part of living a good life.
People that you look up to will disappoint you. People are flawed and there are going to be times that people that you hold in high regard will let you down. Remember the good things that you look up to them for and emulate them. Learn from the way that they disappointed you and do not make the same mistakes.
Shut Up. I’m sure you have a lot to contribute, if you’re doing it right you are around smart people- learn from them. Keep your pie hole shut and listen. You’ll learn when it is your time to contribute.
You’re very smart. You are only going to get smarter. The best way to alienate people and not succeed is trying to show people how smart you are.
Be humble. There is no need to brag. Your work will speak for itself. Telling people how hard you are working will only induce eye rolls. The Facebook “on this day” feature has shown me how off I was on this subject, no one cares how many hours you are working because they are busting their butt too.
Show up. You will not be included if you don’t show up. Also be on time. If you have a meeting and you make someone wait there is no excuse that will get you back in their good graces for that meeting. The only thing worse than being late is not showing up.
You don’t need to drink all the alcohol. My dad told me many times that you don’t have to drink all the whiskey they will bottle more tomorrow. At the time I’m pretty sure I thought I was simply helping create demand. Try not to be excessive, it sure seems fun at the time but you have a long life ahead and cutting it short for a good time isn’t worth it.
Find something you love, if you can’t monetize it find a way to do it. You might be working at a job that isn’t your “dream job” and that’s ok most people aren’t. Don’t forget your dream, chase it, just don’t hurt yourself or others to get there.
Evolve. Think of yourself as constantly changing and evolving. Just because you feel one way about something doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. Learn and grow every single day.
Have fun. You only get to live once try to do things right and have a blast doing it.
I’m far from a wise old man but I would like to think that if I had read this post when I was 18 I could have avoided some mistakes. Ahh who am I kidding 18-25 year olds don’t listen to advice, in fact I’m sure that if I had read this in that age range I would have laughed it all off. Hopefully some of y’all are smarter than myself. I hope I can look back at this in the years to come and laugh and say I didn’t have a clue because that will mean I’ve gotten better. I put Vol. 1 in the title for this very reason, I hope the advice I will give in the future will evolve as I do.
The 2016 edition of the Iowa Beef Expo was one of our best yet. When the final gavel hit we ended up with the high selling female and the bull headed to a good home. Throughout the week Rolo had many friends and we are very appreciative of the compliments. We feel she is the best we’ve had to date and can’t wait to watch her grow. She will be headed to Mississippi soon and will be shown by Austin Herring and then become part of the Punkin Ridge Polled Herefords operation in Beaumont. Sgt. Pepper shined in his time at the expo as well and is at his new home in Ames at Longnecker Cattle Company.
We have a few calves on the ground and are very excited to consign to the Iowa Beef Expo Hereford Select Sale again next year.