Ag Life: Lane Thomae's days are long, rewarding

Ag Life: Lane Thomae's days are long, rewarding
Posted on 02/13/2019
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Senior, Los Fresnos High School

Growing up on a farm fosters many rewards and shares knowledge that is transferable into almost anything that you do. I have come to know many pleasures and many sorrows by dealing with living things that I’ve become attached to through countless hours of hard work.

Most people know me for showing breeding cattle and this lifestyle is where I take the most pride from. I have won numerous state titles and have competed at the national level with my cattle.

I can safely say that all of that should be credited to my parents Galyn and Dennis Thomae. Without them, I would not know the pleasure and struggle of cattle showing and wouldn’t know how to win or lose.

Waking up early and working is something that I have come accustomed to throughout my show career. Many times before a livestock show I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and am at my barn loading the heifers on my trailer by 5.

However, the routine starts long before that. The animals must be trained on how they need to show and react to what I do to them. Their hair needs to be trained to lay a certain way. On the day a show, I bathe them, blow dry their hair and then trim their hair to make certain body features more pronounced and enlighten what they lack in.

Life on the ranch can be peaceful for animals but I also have to train them so that they are accustomed to seeing people around them.

Once I get to the show site, I usually bathe them again and then blow dry their hair. I’ll tie them down and feed them and then wait for the show to start.

In the down time before I go in to show my animal, I have to prepare myself by constantly repeating the heifers’ birthdays, months of pregnancy and family tree. This is something I’ve done since I was smaller and I don’t need it now but it helps to calm me down and enter the “zone.”

It's just like a sport when you are preparing yourself to start a competition.

Showing cattle has created an amazing network of people that I couldn’t have made without it. I have made countless friends and I would even say family. Through my career I have learned and become skilled at traits such as sportsmanship, will to work, humbleness and communication.

Lane Thomae and dozens of Los Fresnos FFA students will show their animals at the Cameron County Fair and Livestock Show at the Los Fresnos Rodeo Showgrounds Feb. 15-17.

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