I am sure most of us are counting the days until spring. It certainly has been a very strange winter. Some folks have too much snow and in other areas not enough moisture. We have had 2 inches so far and there are cracks in the ground wide enough a cat could fall in.
It takes many months of planning to get ready for the National Western Stock Show; from choosing the animals that will be shown to whom I am going to submit into the National Sale. As the years have past, a little group of us started to work together, which is now called the “Almosta Gang”. It all started with Pell Creek Highlands from Balaton, MN and this year it had grown to include Kate Zander from Cross Plains, WI, the DeLuke family from Yoder, CO and Ain’t Right Ranch from Platteville, CO. Altogether we had 11 animals to take and prepare for the show. There were many hours spent in the wash rack and grooming chutes to make sure everyone looked their best.
In our group Kate, Eric and Logan DeLuke were showing at the Stock Show for the first time. To watch their faces as they went into the ring was priceless. Not to mention they did a terrific job and placed very well.
A big Thank You to the Poss family from Kimball, NE for all of their help on show day. Emily did such a terrific job helping Logan show his heifer . She also did a great job showing my little bull and heifer when I needed an extra pair of capable hands.
Bailey and Reilly McConnell’s showmanship skills had improved so much through the years; they both came out with Championship banners for their age group plus, Bailey was Reserve Supreme Champion Showman. I couldn’t be more proud.
Thank you to Ruth Ann Holmes and Eric DeLuke for doing a terrific job in the sale ring during the National Sale with my heifer. But most of all, Thank You to the Holmes family for buying Ivee. I wish them nothing but the best.
As we got everything loaded and were heading out of Denver; yes, we were tired but oh, what special memories we are bringing home with us. It doesn’t get much better than sharing friendships and the Highlands.
Now, it’s time to think about all of the new calves that will be coming in 4 weeks. May we all have a healthy calving season.