When I first showed at Western Bonanza eight years ago I got dead last in both of my classes. This year provided a very different outcome. I am proud to say that Payton received 2nd in both of her classes against a very competitive lineup of Commercial heifers. But even more important than her placings, was the opportunity to present her to the many supporters of Curren’s Cow Foundation.
It has been amazing to watch Payton develop since Bonanza and you can only imagine the disappointment from many March jackpots cancelled due to covid-19. That disappointment however has turned into hope, hope that they will continue the shows that are scheduled over the summer. And regardless of outcome, the work must continue. I have attached some pictures of Bonanza in addition to videos of the daily care that I put into Payton. In addition, I am proud to say that I have received her papers from the American Angus Cattle Association and provided the shows continue, I will be showing her registered this summer.
I have discussed breeding plans with Colburn Cattle Co. and will be breeding her in June to Silveiras Style. Thank you again for your continual support.
Kiara and Ironman
My name is Kiara Konyn. I am in the 7th grade at Classical Academy. I have participated in 4-H for 6 years, however I started showing cattle with my sister before that. I would like to thank the Curren’s Cow program for letting me have the opportunity to raise one of their steers. Also to Colburn Cattle Company for donating the steer I named my steer Ironman since the fair theme this year is Superheros.
When I first got Ironman, he was very nervous and kept running away from me, but through patience and hard work he is finally starting to calm down. I think he had gotten in the habit of trying to get away, as he tries to do that a lot. When we first brought him home, I weighed him on the truck scale. This weekend was the first time that he was able to be walked to the scale. He currently weighs 1220 and gained approximately 100 pounds in just over a month since I got him.>
Ironman is currently being fed 8 lbs of Precon and 12 lbs of Purina Honor Showchow. In addition he is being fed free choice grass hay and approximately 20 lbs of an alfalfa based TMR. He gets bathed once a week with soap and rinsed the other days. He has a couple of itchy spots that I am putting a fungus spray on because he rubbed his hair off. He was also wormed with ivermectin and cydectin since we brought him home. We have also started him on some supplements that had been recommended for him.
Jenna and Remi February Update
February was a very busy month for Remi and I. As we had just recovered from Porterville we turned around and had two more jackpots back to back. Redwave was our second jackpot that we have attended. We won Champion Commercial Heifer and got to compete for Overall Supreme Female which was a huge honor and very exciting. We also got 8th overall showman. Although this was exciting, I still wanted to continue to improve in showmanship. We work super hard during the following week to improve for our next jackpot which was Western Bonanaza in Paso Robles. Paso was also a great show winning Reserve Champion Commercial heifer in both rings. We also improved in our showmanship skills by winning 6th overall showman. This was very exciting because of the level of competition Western Bonanza is the highest of all the jackpots I will attend this season. One take away I had from this jackpot was more exercise for my heifer and how to show my heifer more efficiently to hide her flaws. By increasing her exercise she will continually get better at walking with a level top. Again I thank you for all the support. These last few months have been a lot of fun jackpotting and doing what I love which is showing cattle.
Jenna and Remi January Update
January has been a great month full of hard work, progress, and success! We have been getting to know each other better and she is gaining more and more trust in me. Remi and I got to go to our first jackpot. Although it was a little chilly, Sierra Winter Classic was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. This was my first jackpot showing a heifer and it definitely paid off. We won Champion Grade Heifer in Ring A and B. Remi and I have been workin hard at improving our showmanship skills by spending fifteen to twenty minutes a day. We got fifth high showman in both rings.
Kylie and Payton’s January Update
January was a fun month for Payton and I. We attended the Sierra Winter Classic where Payton placed a close second in both rings. The heifer that won the class went on to receive reserve champion. Due to recommendations, we have increased Payton’s feed in addition to changing up her supplement protocol. Payton continues to be healthy and happy in addition to building her stamina for the show ring. I will work to increase my showmanship skills over the next few weeks in preparation for the other jackpots later next month. Thank you again for your continual support.
Kylie and Payton’s December Update
Happy Holidays from Payton and I. Although Payton and I weren’t able to attend any shows this month, we have still been busier than ever. Payton continues to build her stamina through walks and standing with her head tied up. In the morning, she receives half a scoop of depth charge and a scoop of precon in addition to her fit and feminine supplements. In the evening, she gets orchard hay, a scoop of finishing touch, a scoop of precon, and her supplements. Provided I find a ride as my mom and siblings will be at a 4-H leadership camp, our next show will be the Sierra Winter Classic mid-January in Porterville. Payton got a neck sweat for Christmas which will hopefully aid in cleaning up her front end. Thank you again for all of your support.
Jenna’s November-December update 2019
I officially have come up with a name for my heifer! Remi has been an amazing project so far. I picked her up from Colburns Cattle on November 19. When I first got Remi it took a week or two for us to get acquainted. She was nervous the first few times I washed her but now is very easy and loves being washed with the scrub brush. Remi and I also work on showmanship almost everyday because I believe a little of practice each day will prepare us for upcoming shows. Although we have not been able to go any shows yet I am looking forward to our first jackpot in January.
Kylie and Payton November Update 2019
Naming my New Heifer and Harvest Moon Write Up
By setting up polls and surveys boxes on my Instagram, I received a lot of input however none of the names seemed to fit my new heifer…that was until my mom suggested Payton. To be honest, I didn’t settle on a name until the end of the weekend, but Payton seemed to be the best fit.
Payton and I had an amazing weekend attending our first show of the year, the Harvest Moon. It is hard to believe that a week ago when I picked my new heifer up. I had difficulty approaching her when she wasn’t on the halter and loose in the pen. Also, she was a bit of a challenge to lead. Throughout the week I worked at least two hours daily with her and by Friday I had a feeling that my time and efforts were paying off. On Saturday, Payton received second in her class to the Reserve Champion Grade Heifer. But the best part about Saturday, was making the finals for Senior Showmanship! Not only was it my first time making the finals for showmanship at a jackpot, but it was proof of my hard work and dedication that went into getting Payton to trust and work with me. The glory became even sweeter when on Day 2 Payton was named Reserve Grade Champion.
As we look forward to the next show, my main goal is to work of Payton’s stamina. I would like to thank Justin Click and Ethan Rockwell for their assistance with fitting Payton and letting me practice my fitting skills under supervision. Thank you again to all of the supporters of Curren’s Cows’ Foundation and your continual support and thank you again for giving me this opportunity.
Housing Setup and Nutrition Write Up
As part of my agreement for Curren’s Cow Foundation, I not only discuss my progress at shows, but also record my daily care. Payton is kept at my house in a box stall. During the night, she is put in a corral where she has more room to run and play. My daily routine begins at 5:30 each morning, when I go down to feed her and tie her with her head up for approximately an hour before I put her back in with the fans for the day. When I come home, I practice on walking and setting her up in addition to grooming her. Last week was a struggle with getting her to walk, but she has made tremendous progress and will even let me walk her to the wash rack now. She is being fed Precon as it is a high source of fiber while only having 1% fat. She is also getting Purina Show Chow for protein. She is also on supplements, such as Depth Charge and Fit N’ Feminine to slim down her neck a bit and grow some rib. As a forage source, she has free choice grass hay. Thank you again for your continual support of Payton and I.
Jenna and Kylie’s experiance at the Stierwalt Clipping Clinic
Jenna on her experience: I learned a lot from Kirk Stierwalt at the clinic in Porterville. My goal was to get better at fitting and learn how to clip and reflecting back I feel much more comfortable with clippers in my hands. I loved the clinic bc of how hands on it was. I had the chance to LEARN and then go DO on an animal. Kylie and I had a great time getting her animal show ready and learned some great tips on showmanship. I feel more prepared than ever before and can’t wait for jackpot season to begin.
Sincerely Jenna Schmidt
Kylie and her Experience: This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a Kirk Steirwalt clinic and meet the other scholarship recipient, Jenna. On Friday night we went over the importance of daily care and the typical items that you need, easy right? Well it got a lot more advanced real quickly. On Saturday we went over clipping front ends, rear ends, toplines, legs, and heads. We concluded the night with a tritip dinner and a lesson on the importance of nutrition. On Saturday, we were taught how to properly fit and glue up our animals. It was a good thing Jenna and I were working on the same animal as we both had our strengths and were able to complete the entire heifer. Thank you to Justin, Morganne, and Kirk Steirwalt for an education and fun packed weekend. Thank you to Colburn Cattle Company for sponsoring this year’s heifers. And finally, thank you to Curren’s Cows for giving me endless opportunities. I look forward to an amazing year!
Kylie picked up her heifer:
The weekend concluded when I had the opportunity to pick up my heifer from Colburn Cattle Company. She is an Angus heifer out of Dameron First Class X Philus. For not being started on full feed yet, she has an incredible spring of rib. She is a little feisty on the halter however is getting better by the day. Although she doesn’t have a name yet, you can be on the lookout for more pictures and announcements following this weekend where we will be attending the first show of the year, the Harvest Moon.
Jenna received her heifer on Tuesday, here is a pictures of her after her first Bath at her new home:
Kylie and Alice’s year:
Dear Curren’s Cow,
Approximately a year ago I applied for Curren’s scholarship heifer. Although I wasn’t originally selected as the scholarship recipient, I was given the opportunity to raise one of Curren’s original cow’s calf, Alice. Alice and I have had a year of adventures, full of learning and fun. We participated in shows, such as: Pacific Coast Jackpot, Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair, San Diego County Fair, and Ramona Junior Fair. Probably my most memorable moment was winning Champion Grade heifer at the San Diego County Fair.
Alice has taught me many skills including patience, work ethic, and dedication. As we move into the fall, we will keep our fingers crossed and hope that she gets confirmed pregnant. She has been bred 5 times and most recently to a bull named KR Synergy.
In addition to Alice, I had the opportunity to care for Curren’s foundation females, Gloria and Auntie, these past two months. Auntie is currently bred to Dakota Gold and Gloria is confirmed pregnant to Primo. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have been given with Curren’s girls.
We had a great first year but it is time for this upcoming year to get underway:
Applications are due by October 1, please get started if you are interested in applying for the Heifer Scholarship for this upcoming year.
Danna and Logan at State Fair:
Just a quick update, pictures and more details to follow:
During the Junior Division Danna and Logan won their class, however they did stay for the open show and won the Angus show then went on to be Reserve Supreme Heifer! They had a Great State Fair!!
Kylie and Alice at the Ramona fair:
Just a quick update, pictures and more details to follow:
Kylie and Alice just completed the Ramona Fair, Alice placed Second in her class, Kylie placed 4th in Beef Showmanship first in Dairy and went on to win master showmanship.
Danna and Logan May – June Update:
Two weeks ago the most amazing thing happened to Logan and I….we WON the Angus show in Turlock. I know winning isn’t everything but when you put the time and energy into a project (she is not just a project to me) to have it pay off is the best feeling I have ever experienced. I have never had a heifer or steer that knew she/he was good. Logan is beautiful and seamless, when we walk into the ring her ears perk up and she knows she is in it to win it. I truly just love her and everything about her and so proud to be able to lead her into a show ring. She will be bred in the next couple weeks then we will be traveling up to Sacramento for the State Fair where I will be competing with her in the Junior Livestock Show as well as the Open Angus Show and can’t wait to see how she does!
Danna and Logan April Update:
Coming into the summer months, things will be slowing down as far as shows to go to but we are preparing to breed Logan and Im excited to see how she will do once she’s bred. Im looking forward to the Angus Field DaysShow in Turlock and really hopes she does well. We continue to bond and I can’t wait to get her back in the ring.
Kylie and Alice (Alice was awarded Champion Grade Female at the San Diego County Fair)
Kylie has done an outstanding job with our little backyard heifer Alice. The day she came to look at Alice they bonded and it seems they have made a great duo. Great Job Kylie.
Kylie and Alice April-May Update
The past two months have introduced many new aspects to my project with Alice. In May, Alice was exhibited at the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair. She received 1st in her class and was then named Reserve Supreme Champion of the breed Show. This past week Alice was bred to B&B Rest EZ who is a registered Angus bull, known for his docility and low birth weight for an easy first calving. This week we will be participating at the San Diego County Fair in the breed show, where over 150 beef cattle are entered. I will be showing Alice in the grade show on Saturday (6/8) in the morning if you are interested in coming and watching. Thank you for the opportunity to raise and show Alice this past year. Keep on the lookout for pictures!
Jonathan and Tanks March, April, May Update
These past few months have been super fun. It’s been pretty steady. We had the Kruise Friday night lights livestock show at Escondido High school. Tank and I got 3rd in advanced showmanship and 2 in my class for market. I’m really looking towards the fair due to the fun I had last Friday. He is about 1200 pounds now so we will probably be weighing in in the ball park of 1300. His hair is looking real nice and once he gets the longer hair it will look even better. I’m still so thankful the opportunity I was given to race the steer in honor of Curren!
Danna and Logan Febuary March Update
These past couple months have been really great with my heifer. I have never clicked with my animals as I have with her, together we have won Showmanship classes and won a couple shows! I still can’t believe we won at one of the biggest shows in California…that alone has been the highlight of my year. Everyday and every show she and I have gotten better and better
and I can’t wait to see how the year will end up.
Jonathan and Tank February Update
This month has been great. First off we went to Western Bonanza in Paso Robles. Although I didn’t move on it was still a great experience and I learned a lot. Since we have gotten back I have been washing him and putting some hair products in to help him grow his hair back. This Saturday he is getting his hooves trimmed. Tank currently weighs 1060 pounds, the goal is to get him up to at least 1275 pounds by the San Diego County Fair
February/March Update- Kylie and Alice
These past two months have been full of learning. Alice and I attended our first show at the Pacific Coast Jackpot. She placed third in her class on Day 1 and fourth on Day 2. Because she is not registered she was exhibited in the grade division based on weight. She weighed in at 790lbs. It is amazing how much difference a haircut can make and I am grateful for the fitters who worked with me this past weekend. Looking forward to the next few months I plan to show Alice at the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair and the San Diego County Fair in the breed divisions. I am also doing research to help determine who I should breed her to this upcoming month. I am very grateful for the opportunity to raise and show Alice this year.
Thank you Curren’s Cows
Jonathan and Tank’s December/January update
The last 2 months have been really good, struggled with a few things here and there but overall it was good. Tank started rubbing on the fence and some hair started falling out so I then had to remove that piece of fencing. Another thing is I struggled with feed a little bit, some was upsetting him and some wasn’t but we tried to mix in some beet pulp and oats and that made a big difference. Next month i look forward to going up to Paso Robles and showing at Western Bonanza Jackpot show. Tank currently weighs 916 pounds, the goal is to get him up to at least 1275 pounds by the San Diego County Fair
Danna and Logan’s December update
The month of December I went to a show in Bakersfield called the Holiday Classic and WON Supreme heifer! I have never won a show before so I was just so excited and couldn’t believe my heifer gave me that first time win for me. The following day we did have a different judge and though we didn’t have a repeat win in the heifer division I am proud to say that Logan and I won showmanship together! Her and I have really bonded and do very well in the ring, she defiantly has a presence and I’m pretty sure she knows she’s a good one!
I continue to work with her every other day and we just keep getting better and better together! I am looking forward to 1 January show and two big shows in February!
Jonathan and Tank’s monthly update for November
This month has been really good. I have had the chance to bond with my steer, Tank. It has also been challenging. First Tank has a sensitive stomach so the first grain we tried wasn’t sitting with him well. We then tried adding some things to the feed, that didn’t work. We then moved onto switching the grain and adding a few more things to get him feeling better. Another challenging aspect of this month was that he got ringworm really early on and I had to treat that daily and keep track of that. But overall this month has been super fun and has taught me a ton.
Tank (looks like his ringworm is healing up great)
This past weekend, Dec 8-9
Danna and her heifer Logan had a great 2 days of competition, The Heifer was named Supreme Champion Heifer on Saturday, was 5th overall heifer on Sunday. Danna was named Intermediate Showmanship Champion Sunday as well. Lisa and I went up to Bakersfield for the show on Sunday, it was great to see them both do so well and to see all their hard work paying off. Congratulations to you Danna, keep up the great work.
November monthly Update from Danna
This has been a great month! Once I learned which heifer I was receiving, I began going out and working with her daily. She has such a sweet personality and has been nice to work with. I decided to name her Logan. Logan is an Angus heifer, which I know little about but am learning quickly. I was able to take Logan to her first show, The Harvest Moon in Bakersfield. We won Champion Grade Heifer, which was very exciting! I decided to use her for my showmanship class because she and I seem to work well together and we got 2nd in Intermediate Showmanship. I have been really enjoying getting to know her and working with her and am very thankful to have this special opportunity that is allowing me to meet new people in the industry. We will be going to Angus Days show this coming weekend as well as the Holiday Classic the second weekend of December. I am so excited for the next year with Logan.
Thank you Curren’s Cows Foundation
The First Show
Danna and her heifer attended their first show this past weekend, it was a 2 day show, and they were named Champion both days!