How to Blend in at Your First Livestock Show
Participating in your first livestock show can be quite intimidating. That’s true for first generation exhibitors or exhibitors with baby blankets made from purple banners.
Between you and me, the best part of livestock showing isn’t the actual show. It’s the months of preparation leading up to the big day. You’ll spend hours grooming, exercising, practicing and refining nutrition plans. By the time you get to the show most of the hard work is already done!
That said, it’s still stressful to unload the stock trailer at your first show. Here’s a few pointers to ease the anxiety:
While you’re not preparing for a zombie apocalypse, thinking through various situations (rain, heat, poor pen placement, etc.) will help alleviate in-the-moment stress. Pack supplies to accommodate for each one.
Show days are long. While you think you’ll only need the clothes you roll up to the show barn in and your show clothes, I’d make a hefty bet a wild hose in the wash rack could easily spoil your plans.
Initial your equipment.
A permanent marker is your friend. Supplies have a way of disappearing. If it can be branded … brand it.
Find your chill
When you act like you’ve been there before, people are going to assume you’ve been there before. Take a deep breath, count to ten, and remove your RBF.
The only dumb question is the one you were too scared to ask. There is no such thing as a silly question especially since showing livestock, and participating in youth organizations in general, encourages personal growth. If you see someone doing something you’d like to try, ask them to tell you about it.
Make your animals comfortable
This is your only job.