Not surprising but it's a data point to keep in mind if you're ever in a tabulation room and the subject of whether to post results or wait and let people be surprised during the award ceremony comes up...
When I was in high school I, along with everybody else from our 4-H district, wasn’t able to compete in 4-H livestock judging because our district held their contest the same date as the state FFA CDE’s in College Station. I’m fairly certain it was intentional because the leadership knew about the conflict but kept scheduling the event on the same date.
There was one year though when we were able to go to district. We were sitting around for three hours waiting on the award ceremony and starting to get bored. One of our team members, now a prominent realtor, claimed he found the results. I’m not sure where he got them but it took all of the anticipation out of the situation.
Fast forward twenty years to me deciding whether to wait around for awards for my own kids or go home. That anticipation and excitement are counterbalanced by my desire to get the kids home so I can get some peace.
That’s the long way of saying there are pros and cons to posting results online immediately and ruining the suspense as well as holding them back until the award ceremony.
While it’s in no way unique to livestock judging (I’m going to use the results of this for events that don’t have a thing to do with ag) it’s something that comes up each weekend at a judging contest between the time that the contest is done and the two hours it takes to straighten out your kid’s wrecked scantrons so they’ll scan.
Don't know what I'm talking about? Over the past decade there have been no less than three different attempts at making a reality TV series or documentary about show steers.
Most Texas steer people know about them because they’ve filmed at several prominent shows over the years including Houston and the TJLA Camp Show. Unfortunately, they never got the go ahead to actually make it to at television screen.
It's not that ag isn't interesting.
They're not even afraid of doing a stock show based reality TV show/documentary.
It's just that chickens are apparently more interesting...
It's one of the first big name Angus bull sales of the fall sale season is and their sale is today. It ought to be a relatively good measure of what the impact of the crash in cattle prices will have on the bull market.
Their sale is the first week of September which put it solidly in the dip in 2015 but feeder cattle were still at $2.00/lb rather than the $1.70 they were four months later.