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Wordless Wednesday: Future

This little lady as I keep calling her, or better known as X54 has picked up quite a few likes on my Facebook profile. So I thought I would share her over here as well. 

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Check out Chandler’s sale page for sibs of this heifer, while she isn’t for sale, there are others in the pen that are just as striking. And the sale ends tomorrow!

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Wandering the Country Side

 

They say you don’t get to choose your family,
and for that I am thankful everyday.

I have been blessed beyond measure to have not one, but several amazing cow families (cow joke!). These families have not only opened doors for me, but have taught me more about the industry and myself than I could have ever imagine.

 

I had a great trip to Idaho this weekend, but it was kicked off my Mother bringing the ladies home from the ranch. The calves look awesome and it doesn’t get much better than having an amazing family who is always looking out for us and sent her home with a set of calves that are ready to head into the fall. Followed by an excellent sale and time spent with people made my cheeks hurt from smiling. The four hour drive home took more like ten, and that was just fine. Reading a book to Kalli and getting to laugh with some of my oldest friends make this one of the best weekends in a long time.

 

Here are few snap shots from a fast 660 mile weekend.

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Closure on a great day.

Closure on a great day.

 

The evening view.

The evening view.

 

Focus.

Focus.

 

Durbin Creek Ranch fillies

Durbin Creek Ranch fillies

 

National Ag Day

March 8, 2012 marks National Ag Day!

Have you given thanks for all those (Agriculture employs 14% of the U.S. workforce, or about 21 million people) who are making your clothes, prepacking your food products, process food products, and working in the production facilities that produce just about everything that you use in your modern day life? 

I have, I am also thankful for all of those who gave me the blessing in life to be raised on a small cattle operation, where I learned more skills than I can list. I also gained the skills to persevere through the hard days; cause life is just not fair.

I went to a bible study this week with a dear friend of mine; we were discussing the book of James. A fitting verse appeared in the discussion, “Be patient, then, brother, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains” James 5:7.

I have pondered over that verse for a few days and I love it. It can be used in so many contexts of life. Literally, I am living in West Texas right now, which is one of the most drought stricken areas of the country, and I am not sure how much long farmers will be patient, but they will. The rains will come, I know it, they have too. And this is true in all forms of agricultural production, nothing than is ensured, ole’ Mother Nature is going to do what she want to do when she wants to do.

Again, I am grateful for my ability to be flexible.

Another favorite quote by Thomas Jefferson, who was a pioneering agriculturist, reads: “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will, in the end, contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.”

So go do something crazy and celebrate National Ag Day, but remember its always National Ag Day, and that living in the United States has given us bountiful opportunities to expand our knowledge and grow agricultural production to the level it is today.

And my new favorite quote of the day via Ray Prock, “Its National Ag Day, have you hugged a consumer!” 

National Ag Day Video Essay Winning Video

Ag Week Continues–So I Guess It Was Worth It

National Agriculture Week—Continues…

Did you read today’s AgFact? 

Here is an example of a member of the production agriculture community typical day this time of the year.

One of my best friends from high school is not active on social media, but his darling wife is. I asked her if she had any luck keeping Jake in line and how calving was going…she responded with

“Things are good, and your right, there is no such thing as keeping him in line lol. I woke up to twin calves in my house this morning because of him lol. So far the calving is going pretty well. We only had trouble with one, a c-section at 1:30 in the morning! They are both alive and going though so I guess it was worth it!”

 So I guess it was worth it…

Calves on the porch, little sleep, but its worth it, because all animals are alive and well. Not a typical morning wake up call for the majority of America.

Either way, have you thanked a Farmer, Rancher, or whatever they may call themselves as a producer of the food and clothing you ware everyday?

Heifer calf that is now an active cow in my small herd.

Challenge Friday–Share the Resources

The first Friday of March should signify something right? Spring is getting close, flowers will be blooming, crops will be planted (when mother nature allows), and beautiful white face calves will be hitting the ground (or any color, but I am partial).

Either way, I am going to kick of March with asking a question. Not to you the faithful blog reader, but to the Center for Food Integrity and their blog called Best Food Facts.

The Center for Food Integrity started the blog called Best Food Facts with the hopes of creating a running tab of agricultural resources from the leading researchers in the field. Anyone can ask a question, about anything related to food and agriculture.

So here is the Challenge for Friday March 2, 2012.

Go ask a question on the BestFoodFacts.org website, and then share this website with your friends, family, and social media network. This organization wants to become the WebMD of food, so lets help them! Don’t be scared, start asking, the organization and the panel of researchers want to answer your questions––we are all consumers!

Here was my question:

What is the hormone level in beef compared to that of other animal protein products? With that how does an animal that has been implanted with synthetic hormones excrete those hormones? 
 
I honestly dont know the direct answer to this, so I figured what better way to find out than asking an expert. 
 

I hope you will check out this new website that was launched this week by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is called Know Your Farmer, Know your Food Compass.

Again, SHARE these resources!
Consumers want to know about the food they are purchasing so let’s share with them!

Example of asking a question on BestFoodFacts.org 

Are You Talking WITH or AT Consumers?

The Texas Farm Bureau released a blog this week that states the fact that consumers don’t want to be talked at, but talked with from the perspective of who is producing the food the eat.

Now, really who likes being talked at, but talking with individuals about concerns that they may have or to correct misinformation is a strategy that we all could take a look at.  It has probably been close to two year ago that a blog post filtered through my Facebook news feed discussing the need for agriculturalist to take a step back and realize how they were approach this issue of agricultural literacy or education. We have all met the people who want to shove religion down our throat or any other subject, and in many cases people within agriculture are maybe too eager to share the story of agriculture.

I really wish I could find this blog post, cause it was a slap in the face for me. Reality check, I was (or still might be) that person.

This might be strange, but my Dad’s cousin passed away last week. He might have been one of the neatest christian men I have ever met. Don and his wonderful family showed me the true spirit and hospitality of West Texas when I first moved to Lubbock.

I attended his memorial service this week, I was greeted by family members that I knew were located in West Texas and across the country, but I hadn’t the slightest idea who they might be. This situation presented itself for me to explain my life story, and what my passion in life was.

It went something like this:
  1. My name is Maddee
  2. My Dad was Scott, he passed away in 2006
  3. Home is Eastern Oregon, but have lived in Lubbock for three years
  4. Bachelors degree in animal science, working on my masters degree in agricultural communications.
    1. BAM! Here was the turning point in the conversation, where I went from being a normal 20 something girl, to an advocate for agriculture (quite possibly on steroids).

i.     This was the moment most people gave me that look like, hmmm that is neat…maybe??? And they would pose the question “so what do you with that, what do you want to do with that?”

  1. Share the story of agriculture, or public relations in the beef industry in Boise, Idaho if I could chose my career exactly.
  2. Again this lead to more discussion about agriculture, I answered questions of hormones in meat, Michael Pollan’s books and theory, GMO’s, cotton production, raising beef, major medias inaccurate coverage of agriculture production and so on.

I thought to myself, oh gosh these poor people are going to need me to leave. I am pretty sure I was word vomiting about agriculture everywhere, but they kept asking questions and I kept doing the best I could answer them. Needless to say the Texas Farm Bureau’s post hit home for me, as I asked myself was I talking at or with my family who are general consumers of agricultural products and fascinate me about what they want to know about their food.

So I ask you, are you advocating for agriculture or an obnoxious advocate? I am sure I cross the line from time to time, but I try my best to keep myself in check.

Let your passion shine through, but still be respectful!

One of my favorite places on earth, Chandler Herefords--Baker, Oregon. Snow falling on the Blue Mountains.