Spring has sprung, and that means show season! Livestock shows are a great opportunity to strut your stock and win awards for all your time and hard work spent raising quality, healthy cattle. Earning accolades at these shows can make your animals more attractive to buyers and breeders and help you drive a higher price.
Showing cattle can also be a valuable experience for young people, teaching them organizational skills, self-confidence, good sportsmanship, responsibility, patience, and respect for both people and animals.
Whatever your goals - to draw attention to your livestock, win a championship ribbon, or teach your young handlers some important life skills - you’ll need to put in the prep work to make sure your showing is a success.
Read on for tips and suggestions on supplies, feed, and handling equipment to make this spring’s show season the best one yet.
In order to stand out in the ring, you need your animal looking sharp and ready to put its best hoof forward. Pre-show grooming should be meticulous, and should include carefully clipping and grooming their coat, making sure any white spots are as clean as they can be, and brushing their tail until it’s nice and fluffy.
To achieve this show-ready look, you’ll need to put in plenty of practice time beforehand. Grooming a show animal can be challenging, and you don’t want to find yourself doing so for the first time at the event.
You’ll also need the proper equipment, such as:
While we don’t want to emphasize good looks above all else, looks definitely do count when showing your livestock. Make sure to give yourself the best chance at a championship ribbon by grooming to perfection.
Proper cattle nutrition is just as important, if not more so, than your show animal’s appearance. Judges don’t expect just a well-groomed animal, they want to see that it is healthy too.
With that in mind, it’s important to do your research and make sure you are feeding for optimal health and nutrition.
These tips can help:
A lot goes into livestock showing, and the right feed and grooming equipment can help you build a solid base for a successful season. Practice your showmanship, use these tips, and set yourself up for an award-winning spring.