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Essential Items for Your Show Box: A Livestock Showman's Guide

1. Grooming Supplies

Grooming is a critical part of showing livestock, and you need a variety of tools to get the job done right. Include the following grooming supplies in your show box:

  • Brushes and Combs: Have a variety of brushes and combs for different coat types and styles.
  • Clippers and Blades: Ensure your clippers are in good working condition and have extra blades on hand.
  • Blow Dryer: For fluffing up the coat and drying after washing.
  • Shears: Useful for trimming wool or long hair.
  • Show Sheen or Gloss: To add shine to your animal's coat.

2. Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your animals clean is essential, especially when you're competing. Here's what you need to keep in your show box:

  • Ringworm/Fungus Treatment: Ensure your animal's coat is free of fungus and other harmful skin diseases with Ring Out!
  • Shampoo and Conditioner: Look for products formulated for your specific type of livestock. Our Ring Out Shampoo is specifically formulated to prevent ring worm and fungus while also cleaning your animals! 
  • Waterless Cleaner: For quick touch-ups during the show.
  • Towels and Rags: For drying and spot-cleaning.
  • Spray Bottles: For applying water or cleaning solutions.
  • Sponges and Scrub Brushes: For cleaning hard-to-reach areas.

3. Handling Equipment

To keep your animals under control and move them safely, you'll need appropriate handling equipment. Here's what to include:

  • Leads and Halters: Have spares in case one breaks or gets lost.
  • Whip or Show Stick: For guiding and positioning your animal.
  • Collars and Tethers: Depending on the type of livestock you're showing.
  • Gloves: To protect your hands during handling and grooming.

4. Feeding and Watering Supplies

It's important to keep your animals well-fed and hydrated throughout the show. Include these essentials in your show box:

  • Feed and Supplements: Bring enough feed for the duration of the show, along with any supplements your animals need.
  • Feed Buckets and Water Pails: Label them with your name to avoid confusion. Ensure your water is free of algae and optimize your animal's drinking water pH with AciMate!
  • Feed Scoops and Measuring Cups: To portion out feed accurately.
  • Treats: To reward your animals and keep them motivated.

5. First Aid Kit

Accidents and injuries can happen at any time. A well-stocked first aid kit is crucial for dealing with minor injuries or illnesses. Here's what to include:

  • Bandages and Gauze: For treating cuts and scrapes.
  • Antiseptic Wipes: To clean wounds.
  • Pain Relief Medications: Consult your vet for appropriate options.
  • Thermometer: To monitor your animal's temperature.
  • Emergency Contact Information: Include your vet's contact details and other emergency numbers.

6. Miscellaneous Supplies

There are a few extra items that can be incredibly useful at a livestock show. Don't forget to pack these:

  • Zip Ties and Duct Tape: For quick repairs.
  • Extension Cords and Power Strips: Essential for plugging in clippers and blow dryers.
  • Flashlight: In case you need to work in low-light conditions.
  • Notebook and Pen: To jot down important information or show schedules.
  • Snacks and Drinks: For yourself—it's a long day, and you need to stay fueled.

With these essential items in your show box, you'll be well-prepared for your next livestock show. Organize your show box in a way that makes sense to you, and regularly check your supplies to ensure nothing is missing or damaged. With a well-stocked and organized show box, you'll be able to focus on what matters most: showcasing your livestock and enjoying the show. Good luck!

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