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Transcript for June 15, 2013

Transcript for June 15, 2013

THIS WEEK'S SHOW INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SEGMENTS: 

  • HUGHES COUNTY FEED OUT
  • CATTLE FITTING CONTEST
  • LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM
  • COW-CALF CORNER (ALL NEW)
  • SPECIAL LIVESTOCK SHOW
  • INSPIRATIONAL SHOWMAN
  • EQUINE THERAPY
  • SHOP STOP

HUGHES COUNTY FEED OUT

>> HELLO, EVERYONE, WELCOME TO SUNUP.

I'M LYNDALL STOUT.

TODAY WE WANT TO FOCUS ON SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS YOUNG PEOPLE CAN GET FROM WORKING WITH LIVESTOCK.

SO OVER THE NEXT HALF HOUR, WE'RE BRINGING YOU OUR FAVORITE STORIES ON THE SUBJECT.

TO BEGIN, HERE'S AUSTIN MOORE IN HUGHES COUNTY.

>> HERE ON SUNUP WE HAVE A FEW HARD AND FAST RULES ABOUT WHAT STORIES WE COVER AND WHERE WE TAKE YOU.

NUMBER 1 ON THAT LIST, NO BANQUETS.

BUT TODAY WE'RE BREAKING THAT RULE BECAUSE WE WANT TO SHOW YOU AN EXCEPTIONAL LIVESTOCK PROGRAM HERE IN HUGHES COUNTY.

AND TO DO THAT, WE HAVE TO GO TO THE END OF THE STORY -- A BANQUET.

NO WORRY; IT'S NOT YOU.

>> THE PROGRAM PUTS OUR 4-H AND FFA MEMBERS IN THE FEED LOT BUSINESS WITH ONE ANIMAL.

>> AND THE CALF HAS TO BE BORN IN HUGHES COUNTY TO A MEMBER OF THE HUGHES COUNTY CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION.

>> WE WEIGH THESE STEERS IN, IN SEPTEMBER, THEY FEED THEM FOR 160 DAYS, THEY'RE TAKEN TO SLAUGHTER AFTER THE COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW.

>> THESE CATTLE AND THEIR KEEPERS ARE EVALUATED ON SEVERAL CRITERIA: FOR THEIR GAIN, FOR THEIR PLACEMENT IN THE COUNTY SHOW, FOR THEIR CARCASS GRADE, AND FOR THE RECORDS THEY KEEP.

>> THEY KEEP ALL OF THEIR FEED RECORDS, ALL OF THEIR GAIN RECORDS, ALL OF THEIR TREATMENT RECORDS, ANY MEDICATIONS THAT THE ANIMAL WAS GIVEN.

>> HAD TO KEEP TRACK OF, LIKE, ALL THE CORN WE PUT IN THERE BECAUSE WE ADDED CORN INTO THE FEED.

>> COLTON MCCORKLE WAS THE BELL-RINGER LAST YEAR.

THAT IS THE STUDENT WITH THE BEST CUMULATIVE SCORE BETWEEN THE FOUR CATEGORIES.

HE TALKED ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE RAISING AND SHOWING CATTLE.

>> IT'S ALL FRIENDLY OUT IN THE BARN BEFORE THERE, BUT WHENEVER YOU GO OUT AND GET IN THERE AND START GOING, IT'S ALL-OUT WAR.

YOU'VE GOT KIDS -- THEY KNOW YOU, AND YOU KNOW THEM, AND THEY'RE ALL FRIENDS IN THE BARN, BUT WHENEVER YOU GET IN THE SHOW RING, LET'S SEE WHO CAN WIN.

>> HE SAYS THE FEED OUT PROGRAM HAS CHANGED THE WAY HE LOOKS AT CATTLE.

>> BEFORE THIS, I NEVER REALLY LOOKED AT ANY BULLS, OR JUST LOOKED AT PICTURES AND SAW -- THAT ONE LOOKS KIND OF BAD, THAT ONE'S PRETTY GOOD.

BUT THEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIGURES AND THE NUMBERS FROM THE APDs, IT STARTS TURNING OUT WHO'S THE GOOD ONE AND WHO'S REALLY THE BAD ONE.

>> ALL ASPECTS OF THE PRODUCTION-STEER PROGRAM -- IT'S A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

FOR THE BREEDER, IT'S A VERY BENEFICIAL TOOL, IN THAT YOU FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF CATTLE YOU'VE GOT.

>> LEON BARRETT FINE-TUNED HIS HERD BASED ON INFORMATION THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED HIM.

>> IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF CATTLE YOU'VE GOT.

IF THAT DATA COMES BACK NEGATIVE -- YOUR RATE OF GAIN IS NO GOOD, YOUR FEED EFFICIENCY IS NO GOOD, AND THAT OLD CARCASS GRADE IS SOMETHING LIKE STANDARD OR SELECT, IT'S PROBABLY TIME TO CHANGE BULLS.

IT COULD BE COSTING YOU A LOT OF MONEY.

I GUESS WE COULD GATHER UP A FEW HEAD AND SEND THEM TO STILLWATER OR THE NOBLE FOUNDATION AND RUN THEM THROUGH A PROGRAM AND GET THAT INFORMATION AND PAY A LOT OF MONEY TO GET IT DONE.

THIS WAY YOU'RE HELPING A KID MAKE SOME COLLEGE FUNDS, PROVIDES THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, PEOPLE WHO WANT THE BEST BEEF THEY CAN BUY.

YOU CAN'T GET THIS IN THE GROCERY STORES.

YOU CAN COME TO THE AUCTION AND BUY HALF A BEEF OR A WHOLE BEEF AND PUT IT IN THE FREEZER, AND ONCE YOU DO THAT YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE GROCERY STORE.

>> THAT BRINGS US TO THE BANQUET, WHERE AWARDS ARE HANDED OUT.

THIS YEAR COLTON McCORKLE WON THE BELL RINGER AWARD AGAIN.

THEN, AFTER SOME EDUCATION ON HOW MEAT IS GRADED, AND HOW IT ALL STACKS UP, THE AUCTION BEGINS.

>> LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO BUY A STEER THAT'S GROWN HERE IN HUGHES COUNTY, AND THEY CAN HAVE IT PROCESSED TO THEIR SPECIFICATIONS.

>> ALL THIS FROM A PROGRAM WHERE YOUTH LEARN A BUSINESS, BUSINESSES LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCT THEY'RE SELLING, AND CONSUMERS LEARN JUST HOW GOOD BEEF CAN BE.

>> EVERYONE IS LEARNING -- THE CATTLE PRODUCERS THAT PRODUCE THE CALF ARE LEARNING, THE STUDENTS THAT FEED THE CALF ARE LEARNING -- EVERYBODY'S LEARNING.

IT IS A FANTASTIC PROGRAM.

>> FROM HUGHES COUNTY, I'M AUSTIN MOORE.

 

CATTLE FITTING CONTEST

>>> WHEN IT COMES TO LIVESTOCK SHOWS, MOST OF US NATURALLY THINK ABOUT THE TIMES SPENT IN THE RING.

BUT A LOT OF TEAMWORK GOES INTO GETTING AN ANIMAL READY TO SHOW.

DAVE DEKEN TAKES US TO A CONTEST DIRECTED AT THOSE SKILLS.

> WHEN A HEIFER OR STEER MAKES ITS WAY INTO THE SHOW RING THERE HAS BEEN A SMALL ARMY OF PEOPLE SPENDING HOURS MAKING THE BEST BOVINE IN THE BARN.

BUT WHAT IF YOU AND ONLY TWO OTHER PEOPLE HAD JUST 30 MINUTES TO MAKE YOUR HEIFER SHOW READY.

COULD YOU DO IT?

RILEY, BROCK AND BLAKE ARE UP TO THE TASK.

>> WE ARE JUST GOING TO SHOW THEM WHAT TO DO IN THE SHOW AND HOW TO DO IT.

THEY ARE GOING TO JUDGE US ON HOW WELL SHE LOOKS WHEN SHE IS DONE, HOW OUR TEAM WORK WORKS.

> SEE THEY HAD TO QUALIFY BACK HOME IN ROGERS COUNTY TO MAKE IT TO THE OKLAHOMA YOUTH EXPO STATE CATTLE FITTING CONTEST.

>> WE HAVE ALWAYS KIND OF WORKED TOGETHER BECAUSE WE ARE FROM THE SAME COUNTY AND WE JUST HELP EACH OTHER OUT.

> WITH THE GENERATOR ROARING, THE HEIFER IN PLACE, A QUICK CHECK OF THE EQUIPMENT, THE TEAM FROM ROGERS COUNTY GET SOME LAST MINUTE INSTRUCTION.

>>> GOOD LUCK AND HAVE SOME FUN.

>> 1-2-3- TEAM!

> AND THEN THE WORDS THIS TEAM HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR.

>> READY-SET-GO.

> NOW THEIR PLANNING HAS BECOME ACTION.

CROWDS HAVE GATHERED TO WATCH AS THEY ALMOST TRANSFORM INTO A NASCAR PIT CREW FOR THIS HEIFER.

THEY BLOW THE HAIR, BRUSH IT WITH A SPECIAL CORDLESS DRILL THEN…

>> WE HAVE SPRAY ADHESIVE WHICH IS LIKE GLUE AND THE HELPS GET THE HAIR TO STAND UP AND THEN WE HAVE GOT COMBS WHICH HELP US GO UP WITH THE HAIR.

> AND WHILE THEY ARE COMBING THE HAIR OUT, THEY HAD THEIR FIRST OF THREE JUDGES MAKE HIS ROUNDS.

RILEY, BLAKE AND BROCK ARE SO FOCUSED THAT IT DOESN’T REALLY BOTHER THEM.

>> THE QUALITY OF THE KIDS, THE EXPERIENCE THAT THEY HAVE HAD FROM BEING ABLE TO GO TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT SHOWS AND EVENTS THROUGH THE YEAR REALLY SHINES.

AND IT REALLY MAKES THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA PROUD ANYWHERE YOU GO.

THESE KIDS ARE AS GOOD AS IT GETS IN AMERICA, THEY ARE JUST A TRULY TALENT GROUP OF KIDS.

THEY ARE A JOY TO WORK WITH.

> THE ROGERS COUNTY KIDS ARE FINISHING UP COMBING THE HAIR OUT AND MOVING ONTO THE TRIMMING.

THEY GOT TO MOVE EFFICIENTLY BECAUSE THIRTY MINUTES ISN’T REALLY A LOT OF TIME.

WHEN YOU HAVE 30 SQARE FEET OF HEIFER TO GROOM, ALTHOUGH EVERYONE MIGHT HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS.

THE TEAM EVENTUALLY COMES TOGETHER IN THE END.

>> WE CLIPPED HER.

WE FIT HER LEGS.

AND WE PRETTY MUCH GOT HER READY FOR A SHOW.

> THE HEIFER IS NEARLY SHOW READY.

NOW IT IS RILEY’S TURN TO GET SHOW READY.

WITH SOME LAST MINUTE INSTRUCTIONS…

>> WHEN THEY CALL TIME, STOP.

> BROCK AND BLAKE TIDY THEIR WORK AREA UP.

NOW IT IS UP TO THE JUDGES.

SO RILEY HOW DO THINK YOU GUYS DID?

>> I THINK SHE LOOKS REALLY GOOD.

BUT WE HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER HEIFERS OUT THERE THAT LOOK GOOD.

IT KINDA COMES DOWN TO HOW SHE LOOKS AND ALSO HOW YOUR TEAM WORKED TOGETHER AS A TEAM.

PERSONALLY I THINK OUR TEAM WORKED PRETTY GOOD.

>>> YOU GUYS WORKED AS A TEAM.

EVERYONE PARTICIPATED EQUALLY…

>> HOPEFULLY WE COME BACK THIS EVENING.

WE’LL GO BREAK HER DOWN, AND TAKE EVERYTHING OUT, WASH HER AND BLOW HER COMPLETELY DRY AND THEN WE WILL, HOPEFULLY IF WE MAKE IT, WE’LL COME BACK THIS EVENING.  


LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM

>>> LIVESTOCK COMPETITIONS DON'T NEED TO NECESSARILY END WITH HIGH SCHOOL.

SUNUP INTERN MINDY ANDRES SHOWCASES A GROUP OF STUDENTS

>> BRINGING HOME THIS BRONZE BULL FROM LOUISVILLE IS NOT AN EASY TASK. TAKING THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THEM TO COLLEGE.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING HAS BEEN PART OF OKLAHOMA STATE'S HERITAGE FOR NEARLY A CENTURY.

>> INTERCOLLEGIATE LIVESTOCK-JUDGING CONTESTS HAVE BEEN HELD SINCE ABOUT 1900.

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY BEGAN TO FIELD COMPETITIVE INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAMS IN THE 1920s.

SINCE WE WON OUR FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN LIVESTOCK JUDGING IN THE 20s, OSU STUDENTS HAVE ACTUALLY WON MORE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JUDGING THAN ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY.

>> OSU HAS ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS OVER THE YEARS, ALL HOPING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK IN HISTORY.

SENIOR CLAY ZWILLING JOINED THE TEAM IN 2011.

>> WHEN WE LOOK BACK ON THIS EXPERIENCE, WE'RE GOING TO REALIZE WE PUT SO MUCH HARD WORK, EFFORT AND DEDICATION INTO UNITING AS A TEAM TO REACH THIS COMMON GOAL.

AND I THINK WINNING THAT CONTEST HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY HUMBLING EXPERIENCE.

BUT IT'S ESPECIALLY NEAT TO BE HERE AT OSU.

COMING HOME WITH THE BRONZE BULL FROM LOUISVILLE IS SOMETHING WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO REMEMBER AS A TEAM, AND WE REALLY LEFT OUR MARK IN HISTORY HERE AT OSU.

>> MEMBERS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND LEARN LIFE LESSONS.

JAMIE BLOOMBERG CAME FROM A JUNIOR COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS TO JOIN THIS RESPECTED TEAM.

>> JUDGING HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST BENEFICIAL THINGS THAT I'VE EVER DONE.

THE SKILLS THAT YOU LEARN ARE ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS.

YOU LEARN HOW TO TRAVEL WITH PEOPLE, AND YOU LEARN HOW TO PLAN WEEKS IN ADVANCE FOR THESE TRIPS THAT YOU GO ON.

YOU LEARN HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS AND THEN TURN AROUND AND DEFEND YOURSELF WITH THOSE DECISIONS THAT YOU'VE MADE.

SO THE SKILL SETS THAT YOU LEARN ARE ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE AND VERY IMPORTANT.

>> ALTHOUGH BENEFICIAL, JUDGING DEMANDS TIME AND DEDICATION.

THE TEAM'S SCHEDULE HAS TWO 90-DAY PERIODS.

>> WITHIN THOSE TWO 90-DAY WINDOWS IS EXTREMELY BUSY.

>> 20-SOME HOURS A WEEK IN JUDGING.

>> YOU PRACTICE PRETTY MUCH EVERY NIGHT.

>> FOUR TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

>> ANYWHERE FROM TWO TO THREE HOURS PER SET.

>> MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS.

>> THROUGH THE WEEK AND THEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

>> PREPARING FOR THE NATIONAL WESTERN IN DENVER.

>> AMERICAN CLASSIC CONTEST IN WICHITA.

>> THE NATIONAL BARROW SHOW.

>> THE DIXIE NATIONAL.

>> KANSAS STATE FAIR.

>> COMPETE AT THE TULSA STATE FAIR.

>> SAN ANTONIO STOCK SHOW.

>> NATIONAL BARROW SHOW IN AUSTIN, MINNESOTA.

>> THE AMERICAN ROYAL, WHICH IS THE CONTEST THAT LEADS UP TO LOUISVILLE, WHICH IS THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST THAT ALL SENIOR COLLEGES TRY TO ASPIRE TO WIN.

>> WINNING IS THE TEAM'S GOAL.

BUT WHAT THEY LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS MEANS MUCH MORE.

>> EVERYBODY WANTS TO COMPETE AND ENJOY LIVESTOCK, AND WE ALL ENJOY THE DAY THAT WE COME OUT ON TOP IN A COMPETITION.

BUT THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT IMPACT THE 60 TO 80 YEARS OF A STUDENT'S LIFE FOLLOWING COLLEGE THAT YOU GET FROM THIS EXPERIENCE THAT PROBABLY, LONG TERM, ARE A LOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHERE YOU FINISHED OR WHERE YOUR TEAM FINISHED ON A GIVEN DAY.

>> HIGHER QUALITY, LONGER AND BALANCE MAY BE USED IN REASONS, BUT THEY ALSO CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE THE LIFE OF A LIVESTOCK JUDGE.

FOR SUNUP, I AM MINDY ANDRES.

 

COW-CALF CORNER

4-H & FFA MEMBERS WHO LIKE TO SHOW LIVESTOCK SHOULD KEEP A FEW BASIC COMMON SENSE BIOSECURITY RULES IN MIND AS THEY TAKE THE LIVESTOCK TO EXHIBITIONS, THE COUNTY FAIRS, THE STATE FAIRS THAT THEY LIKE TO SHOW.

BEFORE THEY GO TO THE FAIR I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT LIVESTOCK PROJECTS, ESPECIALLY BREEDING HEIFERS, HAVE BEEN VACCINATED PROPERLY.

VISIT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE PROPER IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE THEY EVER GO TO THE SHOW.

THE THINGS I’D LIKE TO TALK TO MY VETERINARIAN ABOUT WOULD BE THINGS LIKE IBR AND BVD, THOSE ARE RESPIRATORY DISEASES THAT CAN BE SPREAD RATHER EASILY IN AN ENVIRONMENT SUCH AS A SHOW.

THEN WHEN WE GET TO THE SHOW, THERE ARE SOME COMMON SENSE THINGS I THINK YOU NEED TO CONSIDER.

FIRST OF ALL, USE YOUR OWN FEED TROUGHS AND WATERING PALES.

DON’T EXCHANGE THOSE WITH OTHER EXHIBITORS.

EVEN THOUGH THAT SEEMS LIKE THE NEIGHBORLY THING TO DO IT REALLY ISN’T SMART FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR LIVESTOCK AND OTHERS.

ALSO, CONSIDERING BRINGING SOME KIND OF PLYWOOD PANEL SOME WAY OF SEPARATING THE VERY FRONT OF THE STALLS WHERE YOUR CATTLE ARE BEING TIED, SO THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOSE-TO-NOSE CONTACT WITH STRANGE CATTLE ACROSS THE FENCE FROM THEM.

THEN WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR LIVESTOCK BACK HOME, I WOULD REALLY SUGGEST YOU KEEP THEM ISOLATED FOR THREE WEEKS AT LEAST BEFORE YOU TURN THEM OUT WITH THE OTHER CALVES OR THE OTHER CATTLE IN YOUR FOLKS’ HERD.

THIS IS A GOOD TIME IF THEY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH SOME DISEASE, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY IT AND GET IT TREATED BEFORE IT IS SPREAD TO THE REST OF THE LIVESTOCK OPERATION.

WHEN WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THOSE WE JUST BROUGHT HOME FROM AN EXHIBITION, AS YOU ARE DOING YOUR CHORES, I WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE OTHER CALVES FIRST THEN FEED THESE YOU JUST BROUGHT HOME FROM A SHOW LAST.

SO IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THEY BROUGHT HOME A DISEASE, YOU WON’T BE SPREADING THAT TO THE CALVES YOU ALREADY AT HOME.

JUST A FEW COMMON SENSE THINGS THAT I THINK COULD REALLY HELP US MAKE SURE WE DON’T BRING A PARTICULAR DISEASE ORGANISM BACK TO OUR HOME PLACE AFTER WE HAVE TAKEN OUR PROJECTS TO THE SHOWS AND FAIRS THIS YEAR.

HEY, WE LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING WITH YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK ON SUNUP’S COW-CALF CORNER.

 

SPECIAL LIVESTOCK SHOW

>>> COMPETITIVE LIVESTOCK SHOWS ARE A GREAT WAY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS.

BUT FOR SOME, THOSE SHOWS CAN TAKE ON AN EVEN DEEPER MEANING, AS YOU'LL SEE IN THESE STORIES.

>>YOU READY DONALD?

>>YEAH. 

>>ALRIGHT HERE WE GO. 

>>IT IS A BIG DAY FOR DONALD CRAFT,
AND PERHAPS, IN SOME WAYS, THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION.

AS HE STEPS INTO THE SHOW RING WITH HIS PIG, THE STANDS ARE FILLED TO CAPACITY WITH SUPPORTERS.

EVERYONE'S ROOTING FOR HIM AND HIS FELLOW CLASSMATES AT NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL. 

>>THE EVENT IS CALLED THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED LIVESTOCK SHOW, BETTER KNOWN AS SOULS. 

>>DONALD IS A RELATIVE NEWCOMER TO SHOWING LIVESTOCK.

NOBLE FFA CHAPTER PRESIDENT FORREST KEY IS MORE EXPERIENCED. 

>>TURN THEM AROUND AND DRIVE THEM STRAIGHT TOWARDS THE JUDGE. 

IN 8TH GRADE, I STARTING BY SHOWING SHEEP AND AFTER THAT I WANTED TO MOVE ON TO THE PIGS.

SO THIS YEAR'S MY FIRST YEAR TO SHOW PIGS. 

>>THAT'S WHY THESE TWO HAVE PAIRED UP.

SO HAVE OTHER FFA MEMBERS AND SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS, INCLUDING THE CO-ANNOUNCER, READING HIS SCRIPT WRITTEN IN BRAILLE. 

>>IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO HAVE KIDS WHO MOST LIKELY NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO DO IT, GET THAT OPPORTUNITY. 

>>THE ANNUAL EVENT FIRST GOT ITS START HERE IN 2009. 

>>AT THE TIME WHEN WE DID THIS, NO OTHER PROGRAM THAT WE KNEW OF IN THE UNITED STATES WAS DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS. 

>>NOW WORD IS SPREADING.

CHAPTERS IN OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE INTERESTED, EVEN THE FFA NATIONAL CIRCUIT IS TAKING NOTICE. 

>>WE WERE SELECTED AS ONE OF 10 FINALISTS FOR THE MODELS OF INNOVATION AREA AT NATIONALS AND WE GOT TO SEND 2 STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN A ROOM AND THEY GOT TO GO OVER 3 ACTIVITIES THAT WE DID.

AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT WE PRESENTED AND THE KIDS WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD ON THEIR PRESENTATION.

WHEN IT WAS ALL DONE AND THE SMOKE CLEARED, WE GOT TO BE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

SO WE WERE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. 

>>I WORK FOR THE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AND SO I'M FAMILIAR WITH ALL THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. 

BUT I HAVE CHILDREN THAT GO TO SCHOOL IN LEXINGTON JUST SOUTH OF HERE AND I'M THINKING AS I'M WATCHING THIS, THIS WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT IDEA, FOR EACH LOCAL GROUP TO DO IT OR, ON A COUNTY LEVEL, TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS. 

>>AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE, WHILE LEARNING HOW TO HANDLE AND CARE FOR ANIMALS. 

>>FIRST OF ALL, THEY GET USED TO THE SHEEP AND THE PIGS.

AND THEN WE'LL WASH THEM AND BLOW DRY THE SHEEP AND CLIP THE HOGS.

THEN WE'LL OIL DOWN THE HOGS WITH THIS NON-ILLEGAL OIL.

AND THEN WE TAKE THEM AND SHOW THEM. 

>>SAY, HERE LITTLE PIG, COME THIS WAY, THIS WAY LITTLE PIG AND WALK HIM AROUND A LITTLE BIT. 

>>AT THE SAME TIME FFA MEMBERS ARE GAINING VALUABLE LIFE EXPERIENCE. 

>>A LOT OF KIDS IN THE SHOW CIRCUIT ARE EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE AND IF THEY DON'T WIN THE CLASS OR WIN THE SHOW
THEY GET UPSET AND THEY'RE VERY FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET TO DO THAT. 

WE'VE TAKEN ALL THAT AWAY AND WE'VE MADE IT TO WHERE IT'S ABOUT THE KIDS. 

>>IT'S AWESOME TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OUT A KID THAT NEVER GETS TO BE AROUND ANY TYPE OF LIVESTOCK OR HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. 

AND SO NOW WE GET TO TAKE THESE KIDS AND PUT THEM IN A SHOW RING WITH LIVESTOCK ANIMALS AND THEY GET THEIR BLUE RIBBON. 

>>IN ADDITION TO HIS RIBBON, DONALD'S PROUD TO TAKE HOME AN FFA T-SHIRT. 

>>WE ARE HOTTER THAN A SMOKING GUN. 

>>IT WAS WONDERFUL TO WATCH THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ALL THE KIDS.

THEY REALLY SEEMED TO BE INTERESTED IN THE ANIMALS, BUT INTERESTED IN HELPING ONE ANOTHER AND HAVE A GOOD EXPERIENCE IN THE SHOW RING, AND LEARN ABOUT THE ANIMAL. 

IT WAS JUST REALLY FUN TO WATCH. 

>>WE'VE KIND OF GONE BACK TO THE ROOTS OF WHAT AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IS ALL ABOUT, AND IT'S ABOUT THE KIDS. 

>>IT'S ALSO ABOUT GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND. 

>>WE LIKE TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO OUR SCHOOL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THAT THEY GIVE US, BY TAKING THESE KIDS AND LETTING THEM SHOW. 

>>AND GIVING EVERYONE HERE A GLIMPSE AT THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION.

JUST AS THE FIRST LINE OF THE OFFICIAL FFA CREED SAYS: WITH A FAITH BORN NOT OF WORDS, BUT OF DEEDS.

 

INSPIRATIONAL SHOWMAN

> HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN THE TIME TO REALLY TO LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS AT A JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW

CAN YOU REALLY DESCRIBE THE SHAPES OF EACH ANIMAL AND WHAT THEY FEEL LIKE?

THIS YOUNG MAN CAN, BECAUSE TO GUNNER THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MATTER THE MOST.

>>> GUNNER WAS BORN THREE WEEKS PREMATURE.

HE DEVELOPED A CONDITION CALLED RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY AS A RESULT THAT LEFT HIM BEING BLIND TODAY.

HE IS 11 AND HE IS JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON.

HE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN SO MANY WAYS.

>> IS THIS THE ARENA WHERE WE RIDE HORSES?

>>> AND SO ONE EVENING WHILE WE WERE WALKING I KIND OF JUST MENTIONED THAT IT WOULD BE NEAT IF GUNNER HAD A LAMB.

TONY SAID I CAN HELP HIM WITH THAT!

>> HE WANTED A LAMB SO WE FOUND HIM A LAMB AND GO IT DONATED FOR HIM.

>>> HE’S GOT LONG TAGS ON HIS EARS.

AND THEN I AM LEADING HIM WITH A ROPE.

I WALK WITH HIM AND HE IS REALLY NICE…WHAT’S THAT NOISE?

>> IT IS A FORKLIFT.

>> HEY GUNNER HOW ARE YOU?

>>> GOOD.

>> YOU READY TO SHOW YOUR LAMB?

>>> YEAH.

> KARA GRAHAM TAKES TIME OUT OF HER BUSY COLLEGE LIFE TO HELP GUNNER AND HIS UNCLE TODD TO LEARN THE BASICS OF SHOWING SHEEP.

>> WE HAVE PROBABLY HAD HIM FOR TWO TO THREE MONTHS, THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR OF DOING THIS AND IT IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME BUT I THINK WE ARE DOING ALRIGHT.

> WHILE EVERYONE IS WATCHING THE CATTLE SHOW (CATTLE BAWLS) THREE PEOPLE ARE HEADING BACK TO THE PENS.

>> HE HAS BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

I THINK HE HAS THE LESS APPREHENSION THAN MOST.

HE’S NOT AFRAID, HE’S NOT NERVOUS.

HE IS READY TO GO SHOW.

>> GUNNER, THIS IS MARY LYNN FROM THE RIDING, WE ARE GOING TO WATCH YOU.

YOU’RE GOING TO DO GOOD.

> THIS IS THE FIRST SHOW FOR THE TWO OF THEM BUT KARA KNOWS GUNNER AND HIS UNCLE, TODD, WILL DO JUST FINE.

>> OKAY LETS GO, WE ARE GOING TO GO REAL SLOW.

OKAY, GO THIS WAY, TURN LEFT.

OKAY, YOU ARE DOING GOOD.

>> LIKE HIS MOTHER WAS TELLING ME, HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS GET TO PLAY BALL AND GET TO DO OTHER THINGS AND IT IS HARDER FOR HIM.

IT’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT HE HAS COMPARED TO HIS SIBLINGS AND I THINK IT IS GOOD FOR HIM.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

>>> WHAT?

>> MAN, I’VE GOT MORE ADMIRATION FOR YOU THAN ANYONE I HAVE MET.

I’M GOING TO SHAKE YOUR HAND. 

IT’S HARD TO EXPLAIN. I MEAN I WOULDN’T GIVE IT UP FOR NOTHING.

IT IS JUST REALLY AMAZING.

>> HE IS TALKING ABOUT YOUR LAMB.

>>> WOW.

>> IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY.

I AM PROUD OF GUNNER.

I AM VERY PROUD OF HIM.

>> YOU GET A RIBBON NOW.

>>> YAY.

>> HE IS QUITE THE YOUNG MAN.

>> HERE IS YOUR RIBBON.

>>> ALL RIGHT.

>> GOT IT?

>>> IT WAS GOOD.

I GOT A RIBBON, THIRD PLACE.

>> HE IS WANTING A PIG NEXT YEAR, WHICH WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO TALK HIM INTO STAYING WITH MAYBE A LAMB UNTIL WE CAN GET A LITTLE BIT OF EXPERIENCE, BUT WE’LL SEE.      

 

EQUINE THERAPY

>>> STACY BROOKS IS IN HER ELEMENT.

>> CAN YOU GO BACKWARDS?

>>> HER WEEKLY RIDING LESSON AT "BIT-BY-BIT," A THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK-RIDING CENTER JUST OUTSIDE OF CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA.

AMANDA BROOKS SAYS HER BIG SISTER LOVES IT HERE.

>> I LOVE SEEING THE SMILE ON HER FACE, I LOVE SEEING THAT SHE'S HAPPY.

>> EACH RIDING LESSON IS TAILORED TO FIT THAT SPECIFIC RIDER'S NEEDS.

>>> TRISTA MILLIMAN IS THE LEAD INSTRUCTOR.

>> ALL THE ACTIVITIES WE DO, WE INCORPORATE INTO THE RIDING SKILLS SO THEY'RE RIDING THE HORSE, BUT THEY'RE WORKING ON THINGS THEY NEED TO, LIKE STACY WITH HER BALANCE AND HAND-EYE COORDINATION.

>>> STACY IS ONE OF MORE THAN 1,000 RIDERS WHO HAVE TAKEN LESSONS HERE, SINCE IT ALL BEGAN 17 YEARS AGO.

>> WE STARTED WITH ONE HORSE AND FOUR KIDS AND MYSELF.

>>> AND IT GREW FROM THERE.

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR LINDA BARRON SAYS THERAPY HORSES NEED A CERTAIN PERSONALITY.

>> WE TAKE OUR HORSES ON A 45-DAY TRIAL BASIS BECAUSE NOT EVERY HORSE CAN DO THIS.

WE PUT THEM IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS THAT WILL SIMILARLY TO THOSE IN CLASS AND THEN WE TALK AND DECIDE HOW THEY'VE DONE.

IT’S A VERY CONFINING ROLE OF A HORSE, FOR THEM BEING A FLIGHT ANIMAL FOR THEM TO HAVE A PERSON IN FRONT AND PEOPLE ON THE SIDES AND PERHAPS A RIDER THAT ISN’T IN THE POSITION THEY ARE ACCUSTOMED TO ON A REGULAR RIDE, IT TAKES A VERY CALM AND GENTLE HORSE.

>>> IT ALSO TAKES COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS WHO GET TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH HORSES AND THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

>>BUT IT ALLOWS OUR INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT A PROGRAM AND COME TOGETHER TO BENEFIT OTHERS.

WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE GRATITUDE THAT YOU GET WHEN YOU'RE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER.

THIS IS JUST ONE OPTION THAT THOSE THAT MAY HAVE AN EQUINE BACKGROUND TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN BE PART OF A REALLY MEANINGFUL ORGANIZATION.

>>> BUT EACH DAY AT "BIT BY BIT" BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES.

>> SOME DAYS YOU HAVE A REALLY HARD LESSON.

IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK OUT THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO.

AND THEN YOU SEE SOMEONE LIKE THAT JUST HAD AN OUTSTANDING DAY, AN OUTSTANDING RIDE, AND YOU SEE ALL THE CONFIDENCE.

IT JUST MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT.

IT'S THE TYPE OF JOB THAT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A JOB BECAUSE YOU'RE PLAYING AROUND WITH HORSES AND THESE KIDS ALL DAY.

>> SOMETIMES IT'S ALMOST MAGICAL, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE ARENA.

WE HAVE FAMILIES SAY, "MY CHILD NEVER USED HIS RIGHT HAND, BECAUSE HE WAS TACTILELY DEFENSIVE UNTIL HE HELD THE REINS."

THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO.

WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE THE SKILLS THAT WE BUILD WITH THE HORSE AND THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEER AND MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER.

>>> AND IN THIS SEASON OF GIVING, THAT JUST MAY BE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL.

>> SHE'S NOT SCARED TO TAKE ON THINGS NOW.

NOW THAT SHE HAS BEEN AROUND HORSES, RIDING AND GETTING TO DO THE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY DO HERE, SHE HAS OPENED UP MORE, AND HER SELF-ESTEEM IS VERY MUCH BOOSTED.

 

SHOP STOP

>>> HI, WELCOME TO SHOP STOP.

TODAY WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT CUTTING POLY ROPE.

>> YEAH, THE MAIN THING YOU WANT TO DO WHEN TALKING ABOUT CUTTING POLY ROPE IS WHENEVER YOU CUT IT YOU ALWAYS GET A FRAYED END.

SO HOW DO YOU ALLEVIATE THAT FRAYED END?

>>> WELL A LOT OF THE TIMES, WE’LL SIT THERE WITH A BIC LIGHTER AND HEAT THE END UP AND THEN PLAY WITH IT AND TRY TO GET A NICE FORM ON IT.

AND HOPEFULLY WE DON’T GET ANY OF THE POLY STUCK TO OUR THUMB OR FINGERS AND BURN A HOLE IN OUR HAND.

THE OTHER WAY TO DO IT IS YOU COULD JUST TAKE A PIECE OF SHEET METAL, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SHARP.

JUST HEAT IT UP ENOUGH AND BASICALLY MELT RIGHT THROUGH THE ROPE AND IT SEALS IT AT THE SAME TIME YOU CUT THROUGH IT.

>> SO THERE YOU GO, YOU CAN CUT AND SEAL IT ALL WITH THE SAME DEVICE.

>>> THE POINT IS THE HEAT DOES THE CUTTING FOR YOU, NOT THE SHARP EDGE.

>> THAT’S HOW TO CUT ROPE AND KEEPING IT FROM GETTING FRAYED.

WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON SHOP STOP. 

 

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