She's More Than Just A Cow
Since day one, I have lived and breathed raising and showing beef cattle. I don't know how many times people have asked why I have found such an attraction the cattle industry. I don't know how many people have asked why cows are literally my best friends. Other than the cattle industry being a family thing, throughout my time showing I have found that my show heifers are more than "just cows". Here are reasons why a show heifer just isn't any cow:
1. She is a best friend
She's there to give you lovings when the day has gone wrong. She stands patiently for hugs and enjoys goofing around just as much as you do. Most importantly, she rests her head on your shoulder to remind you that you are needed in this world. They say that our greatest companions stand on at least four legs.
2. She is a problem-solver
Sometimes the easiest thing to do is go to the barn and tell your problems to your show heifer. She never talks back and she is always on your side. She listens to you rant over the simplest things and never judges you for your opinions. No eye rolls and no arguments; she's always on the same page as you and always has the right answer. I have never made a decision without talking it out with my show heifers first.
3. She is a teammate
Showing cattle isn't the easiest task in the world. I mean getting a 1500 pound animal to cooperate with you definitely doesn't always go smoothly. It takes a long time of practicing to get the whole working together thing down just right. Show heifers know how to work with you and not against you. They really understand what it means to work together so you can get that championship handshake. My best teamwork skills have been learned through my show heifers.
4. She is a teacher
I have learned more being in the barn or in the show ring than I have in a classroom. A show heifer teaches you strength when she doesn't want to follow your lead. She teaches you patience when she throws her fits and doesn't want to eat, drink or show properly. She teaches you exactly what it means to adapt someone else's needs instead of focusing on your own.
5. She is caretaker
A show heifer eventually goes on to produce her own offspring and become an excellent mother; however, her calves aren't the only thing she takes care of. Throughout the show season, a show heifer understands her role to make sure that her showman is always doing well. She always knows how to make you smile on even the worst days. From the beginning of time, your show heifer cares for you. At a young age, show heifers are babysitters and as you grow older they become the one that carries you along on the worst days.
For those who believe that a cow is just a cow, I encourage you to think through that one again. If I said I could make it through life without show heifers, I would be telling a fib. My show heifers have played an important role in shaping me into the person that I am today.