YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Showing livestock: The lasting results
By Gene Hall
Livestock shows and youth. They go hand-in-hand in Texas.
With some of the biggest and toughest livestock shows in the nation located right here in the Lone Star State, kids are spurred by competition to be the best.
A desire to win. Banners, plaques and your name in Texas livestock show history.
Memories made and pictures taken.
But showing livestock is more than just chasing banners.
It’s opportunity. For personal growth, scholarships and management skills. It’s humility—learning to win. And how to lose gracefully. Against those you’ve become good friends with over the years.
Not to mention the hands-on learning with genetics, feeding and livestock evaluation.
It’s the trial and error needed to create our future leaders.
You can’t put a price on that.
Because banners fade and plaques gather dust. But the experiences gained and the memories made are the lasting results.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
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