Junior Spotlight: Ashley Wiles

“No one really prepares you for how fast these 10 years go,” she tells young showmen.  “Soak it all in and try to be in as many events as you can. If you don’t have the best hat for that year, just go and enjoy the time. Because it really was the highlight of my summer.”

What will you do “With Limousin?”

Know that when purchasing a Limousin project, you are not just getting an animal, you are entering a network of people that want to help you succeed.

In Everything, Give Thanks

Encouragement can provide people with strength to look ahead and reach for their next goal. Instead of living for ourselves, we should all work at being the person that the world needs us to be.

Riley Smith: Junior Herdsman of the Year

Riley’s love for this great breed derived from the relationships he made with the people in the breed, even more so than just the strengths of Limousin cattle.

Change

Change – it is inevitable, and it is against human nature to accept it. Change is not defined as an event, but it is defined as a psychological experience and that is what makes it so difficult to accept. Change is always inevitable.

Don’t Be Afraid to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Now I’m wrapping up my first year on the board and have loved every second of it. So, if I had any piece of advice to give a junior, it would be to step out of your comfort zone. Join that judging team, be the friend, take the leap. You never know what life is going to throw your way. When you have the chance, take it. It might be the best decision of your life. I hope everyone has a good summer, and I can’t wait to see y’all in Amarillo at the Texas Two Step!

Get Involved at Junior Nationals

There are many different satellite events that your Junior Board offers at the NJLSC, whichever ones you choose, I hope that you have a fun week on your family vacation in Amarillo, Texas this summer. Every year, we strive to make it the best that it can be with the exhibitors being our first thought in mind. As an exhibitor myself, I truly feel that being involved as much as I can he has led me to be the person I am today. I can’t wait to see you in Amarillo this summer!

Keep Carrying on the Limi Tradition

I hope everyone is also branching out to the numerous Limousin sales that are coming up in the next few months across the country. I am sure all these sales will have good livestock for folks to find to grow their herd and continue to carry the Limi Tradition. I am glad to see the breed growing interest across the country as it is here in my home state.

Make the Most of Each Day

Nevertheless, there are many instances in life where at first, we may not succeed but in a second, third, or fourth attempt we may see better results. Usually, those results are directly correlated to us learning from previous mistakes. So, while I may not be showing as a junior, now its challenges I face with work, graduate school, or breeding and raising cattle, just to name a few. And that is why I think it is important to be involved in a breed association and to exhibit livestock.

Rise Above

At least once in our lifetime we will be on our knees, beat down and just wanting to give up, however, we must find that strength to rise and keep pushing forward. If you get bucked off, we get back in that saddle and ride again.

Finding Your True Gifts

What is a gift? A gift could be something that you give someone, like a birthday or Christmas gift. It could be a natural talent or ability that you possess, such as playing a musical instrument or showing cattle. Or a gift could also be something you cherish, such as the gift of friendship.

Focus on the Here and Now

I challenge you to sit back with a positive mindset and think of how the small things you’ve completed in the past have helped you attain the big things you now possess. Keep an end goal in mind and put your nose down and work on the things you need to do to get there! 

Simis to Limis: Paige Peine’s Success Saga

A longtime herdsman of Simmental cattle Paige Peine already had quite the repertoire in the cattle industry. So, what would make a lifetime Simmental producer jump the fence? High quality Limousin cattle.

Abigail Tipton: Junior Herdsman of the Year

Abby will continue her journey raising show heifers for future showmen. With her knowledge gained throughout the time she has been showing cattle as a junior member and 4-H, she has tried to pass what she was taught down to the younger generations and help anyone that needs it.

Stay Resilient

While it may be a challenge some days, all one can do is wake up and make the most of the hand they are dealt. If we collectively can all do just that, time will in theory, be better.

Limousin Exhibitor Helps Families in Need

Being a part of the show cattle industry affords us the opportunity to work with some of the best in the business. Not only do they bring a wealth of knowledge about livestock to the table, but they are also some of the biggest hearted people around.

Show Season is Here

For a lot of us in the industry, May is the busiest time of year. We’re wrapping up calving season, getting those spring calving cows bred back, doing ET work, or starting to get the show cattle back on their daily routine to prepare for this summer.

Was Life Ever “Normal?”

An all time favorite quote of mine is, “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” I think this is so relevant to the world we live in today. You can choose to surround yourself with positive or negative, hard-working or lazy, and faithful or unfaithful people. Just know that in the end, you will become what you surround yourself with! SO, be wise my friends.

Utilizing the Uncertainty

Uncertainty seems to be the word to describe 2020, but you can look at that word with hopelessness or as an opportunity to reach out of your comfort zone, put forth a little more effort, or even just have an extra appreciation for the small things.

Changing Things Up

Wow, what a relief it is to finally see some things getting back to normal. The fall majors are underway, and the competition certainly wasn’t lacking at American Royal, and I’m sure the quality will follow suit at NAILE and the inaugural Cattleman’s Congress.

Keep Moving Forward

Sometimes in life we’ll have our backs held against the wall and the only thing to do is walk forward. In these times it seems like that’s the only thing you can do. For some people it’s harder as some families are suffering from no jobs and no income, and we will continue to pray for those families.

Looking for the Bright Spots

With more and more people asking tough questions about the industries that have come to light by being labeled “essential.” The meat industry, specifically the packer side of things, has come under some significant scrutiny. We will have to wait and see what happens, but it is incredible what people see once you start shining a little light on specific industries.

The First Step

While pursuing any of your goals or passions, I challenge you to always remember that the most important step in the process, is the first step. A person can accomplish all things if they are willing to initiate something and follow through with dedication and perseverance.