You may recall that in May, I traveled to Redding, IA, to help host the 2011 National Cattledog Finals. It was a fun and exciting weekend, watching the nation's top Border collies work cattle and respond to their handler's commands. The project has finally come together, and highlights will be featured on RFD-TV today, as well as Sept. 6 and 11.
Here's the commercial that has been on-air describing the event, along with air times.
Although this was my first cattledog handling event, I quickly learned that this isn't just a sport. The trials are simulations of real working cattle ranches, and utilizing dogs is an effective, low-stress method for handling cattle that would fit nicely with the best animal handling practices as advised by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program. I was more than happy to share this message and talk about it with the handlers during the interviews.
Another great thing about being a part of this event was the fast friendships made among the sponsors, TV crew, handlers, judges and family members. I'm sad to share that one of the men I interviewed for the show, Pete Carmichael, passed away last week. Carmichael was a top-placer in the open dog trials, and he was also well known in the beef cattle business across the country. In fact, he was a fellow Limousin breeder, and just a month before his passing, he was in Amarillo, TX to watch his family win the North American Limousin Junior Association female show. Pete will certainly be missed, and I wanted to take the opportunity in today's blog to not only share information about the show, but to also pay tribute to a dear friend.
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing and fun Labor Day weekend. I've been busy showing cattle at the South Dakota State Fair, and I'm anxious to post updates on the many great speakers who presented important information throughout the event. Stay tuned!