LUBBOCK, TX - In this week's Ag Journal, Plainview High School ag teacher Michael Dawson and his family prepare to hit the road for the last statewide major livestock show of year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Showing steers and pigs has been a family affair for the Dawsons for the past 18 years. Now, the Dawsons are in the process of making sure everything is perfect before they head to Houston.
Being an ag teacher in Plainview, Michael knows the dedication it takes in raising livestock animals.
"Other wants and needs of the animals come before their own needs," Michael Dawson said. "Sometimes there is a little disappointment in it, and you learn to handle the good with the bad."
"A ribbon or a buckle sure is good, but that is not what it is about," Tracy Dawson said.
Their youngest son, Jake has been on the stock show scene since he was little, watching his older brothers show and now continuing the tradition.
For the Dawsons, stock shows have been about the lessons learned outside the show ring.
"We have worked hard at raising steers and pigs, but we have really worked hard at raising boys," Michael said.
"You have to learn how to handle adversity and a big way to learn that is through stock shows," Jake Dawson said. "It teaches you hard work, integrity and the way you carry yourself when you win or lose. Those life lessons you learn will stick with you forever."
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