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Wreck ‘Em Tech!!!

I was able to go and see a football (Gridiron) match at while visiting Texas Tech between the TTU Red Raiders and Northwestern State. College football is extremely popular and very competitive at Universities in the US, with everybody that comes to the game dressed up to support their respective teams. The Texas Tech colours are red and black, so being a home game the crowd was a sea of red to show their support for the Red Raiders. Wreck ‘Em Tech is the slogan for the university, and luckily they did, beating Northwestern State by 44 – 6. The universities team mascot, the Masked Rider, led the team onto the field on horseback. It was a great experience to see a college football match, certainly something to remember!

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In a league of our own

The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) was this year held in Louisville, Kentucky. The Angus have one of, if not the biggest Junior National breed shows in the US. This year, cattle from Texas to North Dakota and California to New York, 40 states in total, and even from Canada were represented. A total of 712 competitors presented around 1350 head for judging, which made it a great place to go and see the wide range of Angus genetics currently in use in the US. The steer, cows & calves, bulls and bred-&-owned heifer judging went for almost two days, but could have been over a little sooner if not for a slight complication. There was a pretty nasty storm that came across Louisville with strong winds and bad lightning. It blew the roof off the motel that a lot of people involved with the NJAS were staying at, including me! The fire alarms went off and we were all evacuated, but it was about an hour before anybody actually knew what was going on. Pretty scary stuff!!!

There were also a number of other activities at the show for the competitors, which included showmanship, a judging competition, a cook-off and a quiz bowl. In the owned heifer show, which had approximately 550 head, both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Heifers ended up both being by the same bull. They also had a carcass steer show on the first day of the show in which they showed steers and then loaded them so they could then be judged over the hook.

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