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What is a Farmer?

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We Can Get Along!

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So much is going on in my life right now!  I have been on Three different college campuses in Three weeks!!    I went to Purdue, then the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and now I am at Oklahoma State.  Blogging while away from my computer is a challenge, but I am excited to tell you what has been going on with my message to spread the news that Beef is healthy and nutritious and that farmers across the country care.

A couple of weeks I ago I attended the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University.  There were over 5000 youth from across the world in attendance and needless to say it was awesome!!!  It was great to get together with so many people for the purpose of worshipping the Lord, doing service and learning about how we can be the LIGHT in the world.  I met so many fantastic people including the girl in the picture above from Columbia, South America.  We became fast friends!  Through conversation and getting to know each other I found out that This girl is a....VEGETA…

SO God Made a Farmer

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I was recently looking at some awful pictures that were supposedly taken from the livestock industries.  I of course, teared up.  I know that this doesn't happen often.  I know because I am in the business of farming.  I rely on my animals to provide customers with a great product.  All farmers and ranchers know that a happy cow produces a great product.  Animals are easily stressed by many things.  A good farmer knows how to identify those stresses and eliminate them.  When an animal is stressed they are unable to gain weight and get sick more often, so it is not in our interest to have a stressed animal.   In a rare isolated case that someone who shouldn't have animals at all gets a hold of a farm animal and doesn't treat it well everyone suffers.  The media locks onto those isolated incidences and that is all the public sees.   It hurts my heart.   Turning on the nightly news one can get very depressed.  The media covers sensationalism. They cover bad things.  They cov…

Tennessee Polled Hereford Field Day

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I expanded my horizons recently and  I really liked it!
I was asked to go with the high school FFA kids to judge livestock at the Tennessee Polled Hereford Field Day held in Bryanville, Tn.  It is about a 3 hour drive away. We left at 6:30 and then stopped and ate at the official stop for aggies…..HARDEES! We arrived to a beautiful little cove like place.  It was surrounded by corn crops, a white picket fence, huge oaks, and a beautiful quaint barn! When we pulled in we went to start helping and that’s when the work started! A man in a cowboy hat approached us and handed us electric hot dehorners and rope! Our job was to basically burn rope, but we also burned ourselves in the process!The rope was to be used later in the day. After we did this, it was time to judge some cattle! There was however a twist to this contest!Usually for a
tie-breaker the officials pick a random class but not this one.We were going to “Pick-A-Pair”.  Five cows and calves were separated and our job was to put…

Two Shows. Two Days. Two Showman

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Show season has definitely begun!Two shows in two days! Boy were we tired! On Monday, June 24th we had our county show.  I participated in showmanship,  Commercial Heifer, and registered Heifer shows.  The Monroe County show team got some beautiful coral show shirts sponsored by Jennifer and Mark Houston of East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater.  They are always o supportive of us. I won Senior Level 1 showmanship.My commercial heifer, Friendly, won her class.In the registered show I had three heifers to show: Savy, Natalie, and Batman (Danni).They all won their classes and advanced to the final drive! Batman walked off with Champion Simmental Heifer and Natalie received Reserve Champion Heifer.Upon receiving Champion, Batman was eligible for Supreme.The judge, Tyler Wilson, had us in the ring for a little while getting our nerves worked up!He however ended up picking Batman for SUPREME! I love showing with all my BEEF friends and having that friendly competition. But, now it …

Cow Appreciation

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Cows. We all know they give us beef,  but what else do ya think they provide us with?  I have been teaching 3rd graders about cows at our local Farm City Day for over five years! When the kids come up I always get their attention by asking them, "Can you lick your elbow?  A cow can!"  Then I go into how cows eat grass and how they give us steaks and hamburgers.  I consider the education of the children that visit my cows on this day really important.  Most of them don't live on farms, some have no idea where food comes from and some have never even seen a live cow. I get excited about cows because they are amazing creatures.  Much of the land within our states cannot be used for crops, but cows convert the nearly eighty-five percent of unusable land into delicious nutritious beef. That is not their only purpose! Yesterday was Cow appreciation day and after I spent most of my day telling my cows personally how great they are I decided to appreciate them today on my blog. …

Today's Show Adventures!

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Fluffy Cows

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Have you heard of THE Fluffy Cows?    I have, well I actually knew about them long before they became famous!  Being a Beef Ambassador I love seeing all the hype but I don't want people to think "oh they are so cute, we can't eat them."  All animals are cute in a farmers eyes.  The fluffy cows just have that wow factor the media likes and I'm sort of glad.   The only thing I want to say is that these fluffy cows, steers, or bulls are still providing safe, wholesome, nutritious BEEF.    Yes, fluffy cows are spoiled but when you actually think about it all animals that live on the family farm are! I spoil everything on my farm as do all my BEEF friends.  ALL beef cattle whether they were blessed with golden (I like black) locks or not spend the majority of their lives eating that lush green grass out back behind the house!  Texas Tornado raised by Matt Lautner Cattle
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