We just came home from our seventh year at the Ohio Beef Expo.
I can't believe it has been seven years already.
As always, the week is packed full and always fun.
Daniel arrived at the fairgrounds early Wednesday morning to post stall assignments and move in all our equipment.
I was at work and Isaac and Walker were getting in one final day of school, so Daniel was on his own for all the heavy lifting.
Yes...I know...we have been showing all winter.
Just about every other weekend since November, we have been at a show.
But...it's time for the grand finale...
The Ohio Beef Expo!
Our favorite show of the year.
Yes...our favorite because we are down right tired and just want to be done...
This weekend was the last regular show of the BEST season.
We were all at the show this weekend...including Nash.
We were all needed because with two rings of showmanship things got a little chaotic at times. But, we tag teamed and each took a kid...and everyone made it to their appropriate ring on time.
Show day is a mix of taking your time...hurrying up...and then lots of waiting.
Next up is the grand finale at the Ohio Beef Expo.
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It's that time of year again.
Time to nominate your cattle for the Best of the Buckeye.
What is the Best of the Buckeye?
It is a program sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association that recognizes cattle that are born and bred in Ohio.
Why is this important?
A showman walks into the show ring with his cow all clean, fitted and looking fine.
The showman isn't looking too shabby himself with his crisp, clean shirt, fancy show jeans, cowboy hat and boots to match.
But getting to the show ring looking like a million bucks is easier said than done.
You see...there is a whole lot of poop going on back in those barns...
And it is no easy feat keeping the poop where it is supposed to be and not all over the kid.
Not long ago, a new trend emerged in footwear at cattle shows. It used to be that everyone wore square toed boots.
While boots will always be a fixture in the cattle industry, a new, more comfortable footwear item has stormed the scene.
This weekend we took a little road trip.
We have family in West Virginia that own a full-sized Hereford operation. We haven't been down to the farm in several years and happened to have a free weekend, so we decided late Thursday night to make an impromptu trip. We got up early Saturday morning and drove a few hours south.
We have been to one of the farms before, but it has been several years.
In fact, Isaac has bought two of his 4-H steers from this farm.
Did you know today is National Fun at Work Day?
I didn't either...but it is.
I love my job...but I can't say that I generally have fun at work.
I just don't know how much fun a bean counter can have?
But, I do know a couple of people that manage to make working fun.
Last weekend we had our first "big" snow of the year. We ended up with probably around 4 inches of snow, but the southern part of Central Ohio received about 9 inches.
I know...some of you are laughing right now.
You see...it has been a couple of years since we have had a decent amount of snow. We just keep getting these annoying couple of inches at a time that do nothing but make maneuvering the roads a nightmare.
We returned to work last Monday on clear roads only to hear weather reports of the next big storm coming in for Saturday and Sunday.
All week long we heard the warnings, but the storm was very unpredictable and no one quite knew what to expect.
The rain, freezing rain, snow line was supposed to move right through the heart of Central Ohio, and with temperatures hovering on the freezing mark, the storm could do just about anything.
By Friday morning the report was that some were just going to get rain, a small line was going to get ice and everything North was supposed to get anywhere from 6 to 11 inches of snow.
We were in the 6 to 11 inches of snow line.
So what does everyone do before a snow storm?
Head to the grocery for bread and milk.
It's been a while since I have had my camera out. I am kind of stuck in a rut.
I needed some motivation, and this weekend created the perfect opportunity.
Our first real snow of the year.
Snow on their backs means they are happy and healthy.
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A bull we raised, sold and then bought back this summer.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.