Farmer John said:I'm 65; been selling steers since i was 9 and the shows have really changed. You get people going completely crazy over the $$ their steers bring. I still have a lot fun though and I don't make it a huge deal how much my steers sell for. I meet my competitors, say hi to friends, and always have a good time. The thing is you have good shows and bads shows.
I take a lot of pride in raising my steer on my own. I put hours of work on my steer since the day they were born. I serously hope the drugging thing doesn't become a prroblem. It will take away all the good times people have.
cowz said:Hey hold onto your hats, the National Western has a new format for how much money the juniors can hold onto. Word on the street is that the big time fitters are ticked! The winner has 50%of the sale amount put in an educational trust fund, only to be used for education. The sale keeps 10% for scholarship fund and the winner can immediately have 40%. Doesnt leave much to pay the hard core fitter!!! HA (Unless those 30 year old 4-Hers want to go to school later! Ha!)
Telos said:In recent years we have seen, partly because of media attention, cheating in many different kinds of competitions and sports. From the Tour De France to race car competitions, people tend to become oblivious to ethical practices when "winning" becomes the main objective. It's like an addictive drug.
I just hope "livestock showers" who practice a lifestyle of unethical behavior can learn something from their actions.There needs to be more pressure on people who thinks it OK to cheat and beat out a first time 9 year old 4-H kid and think they have really accomplished a great feat. Maybe, if we make them feel more "shameful" and let the "media" get a hold of their actions, to let all to know, it might make them think differently?
Junior livestock showing is one heck of a program and we must continually work to make these competitions fair and keep everyone on an even playing field.
P.S. This is to all the "big shots" who cheat. I hope you get caught so you can learn one of life's basic lessons.