How much do you trust your teammate? Enough to let them stick your calf for you while you can only hold the halter? While it sounds odd, this is exactly what folks have to do when showing in the National Roll of Excellence Charolais Show. Not only do the cattle work together as a pen to win the show – the exhibitors have to work together to help them look their best.
Beyond helping fit the cattle before the show, it takes a lot of hands to make everything happen. In the pen of five bulls, for example, five people take the halter while two handle the show sticks, adjusting feet and loining tops as necessary so the judge can evaluate the group. Additionally, this process can only happen afterall the bulls have been haltered again after being set loose upon entering the ring, which also is a group effort.
With all of these moving parts involved, it’s impressive to watch this collaborative event unfold seamlessly. Like a machine, each person has a job and if they don’t do their job the machine falls apart. Each person in the ring works to communicate about what needs to be done and makes it happen. Because team work truly makes the dream work.