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05-09-2015  
1st Annual Kist Diamond Classic Turn-Out Bull Sale:
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38th Production Sale
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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 5-28-15
Publish Date: Thursday, 28 May, 2015
Well, one more national holiday behind us. With Memorial Day over, now we're looking forward to a full go around in livestock agriculture, especially, throughout America. Local, county, state, and regional fairs are coming on strong, and many of the youngsters who have livestock or other projects will be displaying their hard work at these local events. We wish them luck.
I well remember going through the whole gamut of 4-H as a kid myself, and it was a valuable experience to say the least. The amount of money that it takes is substantial, and, yes, it is a little hard on the folks to fortify the deal, to get them to the event and back, to look at the displays, and to have a little pocket change to attend the carnival and eat the fair food. It's all part of growing up and learning.
Many of you folks have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who have been or are involved in some kind of learning program, whether in school or during the summer. Children learn a tremendous amount from participating. Don't ever think it's a waste of time and effort... they are learning!
Any program, I don't care what it is, that will put them in a competitive position with other youngsters is good. Competition is the creator of opportunity. And there are other valuable teaching and learning opportunities... It's up to you folks to teach two or three things and make sure you work at it. One is honesty, two is morality, and three is work. Learning to work is so important -- have a job at your place for them. Make them work and give them something they have responsibility for.
Of course, their projects are a big part of that. Get up in the morning, stay however long it takes in the evening, teach these animals all they need to know to be in fair and competition. Remember that these are projects that are set aside by the Lord for you to have the opportunity to teach your children and grandchildren morals, honesty, and a work ethic. Make sure they learn how to work and regard it as an honor. It's not easy to teach that sometimes, but it's a lesson that need to be taught, and who is in the best position to get that done? Mom, Dad, and sisters and brothers.
Don't expect the hired teachers who work in the schools to accomplish these important jobs... as that's not their job. Those three important concepts, which they need to get under their belt early in life, must come from you. If you don't do it, if you think that the school or somebody else is responsible for teaching this, you're badly mistaken. Those three things are the obligation of the folks raising those children.
Now that that sermon is over, you can get back to getting things prepared for that trip to the fair... yep, that's your duty too. Get them there on time and make them compete. Competition, oh what an important word that is. Be thankful to the spirit of competition because with that, you create a competitive spirit within your children that nothing else can.
Good luck this summer. Good luck you young people and good luck to you folks who are raising them and teaching them. You'll be surprised when you talk about morals, when you talk about honesty, when you talk about competition at the kitchen table. You will discover that it will have soaked in better than you ever dreamed and that it will come out like a roaring beautiful rose plant in your child.
I'm so proud of all the readers we have across America, especially many of the young men and women still in school. I get a lot of calls, emails, and letters from them. Let me tell you something: I'm proud of young America, especially those who are part of the business we are all in.

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