Christian. BoyMom. Farmer's Wife. Marathon Runner. Ag Professional. Bourbon Lover.
Advocate for all things agriculture and rural.
Advocate for all things agriculture and rural.
Tunis Sheep Hampshires heed
I don't know you, although now I wish I had met you before my husband. Kidding (well sort of)!
I am Facebook friends with many people who know you. They apparently know you well enough to publicly judge your morals, integrity and breeding program on their Facebook walls. They know you well enough to "know" if the money was "real" or "fake".
But like I said above, I don't know you so I'm not sure about any of that. I am sure of this though.
You deserve a huge “Congratulations”!
I cannot imagine the excitement you and your family felt that night. I cannot imagine the pure exhilaration at having your work rewarded in such an unbelievably awesome way! You deserve a party and I hope you throw one!
You deserve a huge “Thanks”!
Thank you for putting your ram lamb out there. It takes guts to publicly sell an animal, and even more guts to publicly sell a good one. People who don’t sell animals in such highly watched (and criticized) forums under estimate that fact. Some days it seems there are more people out there who would rather see their fellow breeders fail than have such an awesome success.
Your buyer (and bidders) deserves a huge “Thanks”!
Thanks for believing in the business (not just one program, but the entire industry) enough to put that kind of investment in. And thank you for being willing to do it in a public forum where more of us can share in the excitement and energy it brings!
People have said it’s crazy. If you analyze the numbers, it's really not insane. A top breeder utilizing current breeding technology and marketing, using new sale methods with lower costs and higher returns can cash flow the purchase well. Most of us wouldn't be able to, but the elite breeders in the profitable sectors of the industry can.
And finally, you deserve an apology.
As long as we all run in this competitive business with winners and losers there will be jealously. But I am always a little crushed by the way that jealousy manifests itself into personal attacks and rumors, at a time when the industry should be rallied around a breeder in support of a huge milestone and accomplishment.
I hope through all the negativity you can hear the shouts of excitement from those of us who don’t even know you but were celebrating with you!
I hope above all else you can enjoy the moment and celebrate the success with your friends, family and customers! Because it was one awesome success! A success that I cannot imagine, but can at least dream about now…
P.S. In case you do ever see this, I wouldn't be good at my job as show manager if I didn't mention the Midwest Junior Preview Show is seeking support for the commercial breeding division of the show and we pay back 100% of any donations received to the kids! More information on the show can be found at www.midwestjuniorpreviewshow.com.
3/11/2015 02:49:26 am
Very well stated. Thank you for your positive input. I hope everyone who has a negative outlook on the subject gets a chance to read this and reflect on the goals of our industry and how it relates to their individual programs. We all strive for success. Be happy for those who achieve it.
3/11/2015 03:23:02 am
I know the Johnson family. Known them for years. Brian is a very kind hearted man, a very hard working individual. I believe in him and his program, would recommend his program and his family very highly. He knows the sheep industry well and is a great asset. Congratulations on a great lamb. Tommy Nix
3/11/2015 03:26:07 am
Kate, Greatly appreciate your words of encouragement! It was an exciting milestone for all of us in the industry and for the Johnson's.
3/11/2015 03:45:19 am
Kate you are a class act!! You are so right - I have to admit I judged a bit and questioned in my head.....really? For a sheep? But I question my own sales as the prices go above what I feel the true value is. That being said -- it's not like the other animals in the sale sold for $300.00. They all sold well. Your spin on this was perfectly timed - thank you for always creating a positive outlook in times of negativity!!!
3/11/2015 03:46:31 am
3/11/2015 03:53:18 am
What an incredible post! Thanks so much from one of the little people that just love livestock showing and think it is an incredible way to raise children that appreciate hard work and competition!
3/11/2015 04:11:08 am
Well said!!! Great family and leader in the sheep industry, congrats to Brian and family and thank you Mrs Lambert for standing up for what is right!!!!
3/11/2015 05:19:26 am
Very well said. Brian is a industry leader in what he does. His honesty and integrity and impartiality are unequaled. Without that trust this doesn't happen. He told me the buck was a game changer. Let's hope he reproduces his kind. I am excited to see his progeny.
Glen E. Anderson
3/11/2015 05:22:17 am
Kate, I've been thinking the same thing. A January southdown ram lamb, sold recently on line, for $7,750.00 for half interest! I called and congratulated the seller.
3/11/2015 06:14:28 am
Well said!! Thank you for putting things in a positive perspective !
3/11/2015 07:48:44 am
I don't know Brian Johnson, but I do remember "chatting" with his Dad on the old Breeders World chat room and he was a wealth of information for all who had questions. My sincere congratulations to a hard working family. This sale did not just happen -- it was years in the making.
3/11/2015 08:22:38 am
Congrts to Brian and his family !! Well deserved ! And Kate nice comments after I seen the pic of your family that is about the age of your oldest boy when I met Brian !!
3/11/2015 08:46:21 am
Well put. I have to admit I emailed my grown children to tell them about it and to jokingly say that perhaps that is why I have more buyers than club lambs this year. I am to cheap. :) All joking aside I also say congratulations!
3/11/2015 10:25:02 am
Such a great post. Thank you.
3/11/2015 10:29:15 am
Great read Kate! Brian Johnson is one of the few breeders left that does not photo shop or alter his sheep. One of the "good" guys.
3/11/2015 01:19:28 pm
If you have not met Brian and Misty Johnson and their family, you should make it a point to go visit them. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They are straight forward honest people that I am proud to call friends and feel blessed to know them.
3/11/2015 11:07:26 pm
Very well said. Thank you for the positive side you put on this.I know the Johnson family are outstanding good honest people. Outstanding sheep people, who I have alot of respect for. As always I wish them all the best.I stand behind them as their friend and fellow sheep people. .Congratulations
5/10/2015 05:31:30 am
Well I had the ultimate pleasure meeting Brian Johnson and he toured me Around his operation not only is he a caring and charismatic guy he listens to your want and needs to benefit your program not once did he glote about his bank account or this ram but was attentive to the questions I asked and with honest answers. I can only hope to be able to say I achieved a quarter of his success. To see he operation you would see it is a well oiled machine. My hats off to him and his family. And Brian if your reading I truly appreciate the hours spent with me and I hope to change the production of sheep on the east coast.
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Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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