Cultural Agriculture Experience

Two Reese's peanut butter cups in orange packaging

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Our judging team has been blessed with an Australian exchange student, Steve Pocock, to travel around with us for a few months. I enjoy chatting with Steve as visiting Australia is on my list of places of places to visit. While visiting with Steve today I realized that Australia does not have Reese’s peanut butter cups and that Steve is planning on talking a whole truck load back to Australia with him. Can you imagine a world without Reese’s? Beyond that however I was very excited to learn that Steve had interacted with Sprys Shorthorns through his work. When I was about 10 or 11 years old we shipped our first semen to Australia on our new Canadian herdsire, Eionmor Port-O-Call, to Sprys Shorthorns. My father and I always wanted to go visit the operation and see what the bull had brought to his herd. However, we have never  made it there, but someday we will have a wonderful father/daughter bonding experience in the “down under”.

The real point of the post however is the interesting things we can learn from each other through a simple conversation. Everyone holds some locked up piece of information that by taking the time to carrying on a conversation you can continue to expand your knowledge. That is why I love meeting new people! As the saying goes, “you learn something new everyday”, but how many of us take the time out of our busy lives to do just that. As I sat there conversing with Steve tonight I decided that I needed to make more of an effort to get to know the people around me and learn as much as I can. Someday, that small piece of information may become my ticket to success or failure.

Therefore, I challenge you to take the time to pick up that small piece of information locked up inside and ” LEARN something NEW, each and everyday.”


P.S. Steve also informed me that bloomin’ onions are not an Australian thing no matter what Outback Steakhouse says…FAIL

bloomin' onion

Outback's bloomin' onion

3 thoughts on “Cultural Agriculture Experience

  1. Steve says:

    G’day mate, i found the blog. and i think you mom’s comment of “God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth” gives insightful humility. Im keen to try the bloomin’ onion’s, but i think that it will still come in behind Reese’s, they are a winner!

  2. mom says:

    Love your blog. You are doing an excellent job. I would like to be included on your trip to Australia! I also agree that most people should listen more and speak less; that is why God have has 2 ears and 1 mouth.

  3. gma; says:

    I like your Australian blog. Interesting. And you are soo soo right a person can learn a lot by just listening instead of doing all the talking.

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