As well as having cattle, Sydenstrickers also operate 10 John Deere tractor stores, all located in Missouri, which also includes one of the largest outlets in the United States! They have all sorts of machinery, new and used which includes combines, tractors, mowers and ATV’s and precision agriculture equipment that utilises GreenStar precision technology that is able to gather information, reduce input and labor costs, increase efficiency, or better manage land and water resources. I got a tour of their entire store from the offices right through to the workshop which included a massive wash bay that is big enough to get a combine into!
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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.