Posted tagged ‘Ag’

Ranching Awesome

March 12, 2013

A little goofy, but shares some good information in a fun natured way! (:

PETA vs P.E.T.A.

February 4, 2013

What’s the BEEF with MEAT?

In today’s society meat has become taboo, a “no-no” word in certain circles. Phrases such as “slaughtering feedlot steers”, have been forbidden and replaced with words such as “harvesting protein”. Our reasons behind our fears, misconceptions, and some times ignorance each have their own stories, but as Agvocates I believe we need to try our best to learn ourselves and in turn to teach others.

I know that personally my life has been filled with people who eat a solid diet of meat, potatoes, and a veggie 3 times a day; I mean why mess with perfection, right? Honestly i’m what most would call a “picky” eater and what my aunt refers to as “phasey”, I go through phases where I may eat nothing but bananas and coffee for a week, the next item of the week may be mac n’ cheese, and every now and then I feel like demanding that my aunt make chicken for dinner! Still I’m not sure why I’ve become accostomed to shying away from a daily diet of meat, in fact most of the time I rather enjoy it (:

Now all jokes aside, you may be asking yourself where this “agvocate’s” beef with meat happens to lie and truthfully that’s what I my self have been questioning latley. I for instance, once went a year without meat because of a “challenge” I had signed up for; I also was so convinced that it was practically a sin for my family to eat Jim (my favorite steer) that my younger cousins wouldn’t eat beef for about a month; then there was my fiasco with Moo and Quack my two hogs (don’t ask) and needless to say I’m still a little iffy on the pigs residing out back. Needless to say I’ve had my fair share of adventures regardless with meat and I’m often the black sheep of the family, however  I’m working on that too.

Since I’ve moved to Kansas my roommates have informed me that Mac n’ Cheese is not dinner unless it’s beside a meat, that I am NOT allowed to feed them chicken every night, and that eating meat and more than one variety more than once a day will not harm me in any way (; I’ve also managed to eat my first ever T-Bone steak raised on the Gleason homestead, been fed pork from more places in the country than I have yet to venture, and been offered lamb that I have yet to try (; But hey, I’m getting there, my teammates have gotten through to me more in the few months that I’ve been here, than in the 19 years my family has been trying to. I’m even taking a Meat Science class this semester where I hope to learn more and broaden my horizons just a touch.

I  do know the healthy benefits we recieve from the intake of meat protein and I often recite them to others; the added iron, vitamins, protein, and essential amino acids are just the tip of the ice berg. We often get so caught in what we hear in the news or read on Facebook that we forget to find out for ourselves.  And in my case we let silly habits, illconcerns, and stuborness overtake us. I honestly belive in current production agricultural practices based on what I know, what I’ve seen, and what I myself have done; however I believe it is up to each of us to make that educated decision for ourselves.

So,what’s your BEEF with MEAT?

The trials of an Ag kid…

December 8, 2012

It’s not news to anyone that everyone has their share of quirks, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized one of my biggest ones! As members of a collegiate livestock judging team we spend a fair amount of our time looking at livestock. With each class set up in a way that its hard not to compare-although as Chris always says, individual evaluation is key!- but even with Chris’ advice in mind we don’t always listen and this is where our quirks begin!

Trial # 1

The search for the PERFECT animal

With the majority of us growing up in, or around the show industry and with a large majority of contests made up of show animals it’s hard not to  get swept up in the notion that a perfect animal does exist. Yet, it’s this idea that while most of the time harmless, can get us into trouble. Whether it means we over analyze every heifer we come across on the most current online sale, or we rail on the 4th place animal in the reasons room. Our search for perfection leaves us over critical and instead of seeing a good animal, instead we see how far they are from our checklist for perfection!

Trial # 2

The compulsive need to correct people on the proper sex title of an animal

Whenever you hear people talking about livestock its real easy to get excited and want to be a part of their conversation, but there’s no faster way to get their input than to say something about those “cows” over there, when in fact they happen to be bulls! It’s a personal pet peeve of my own when people who actually know the distinction still choose to refer to all cattle as cows! It makes no sense to me! Never have I ever come across people who feel the need to call every hog they see a sow, or every sheep a ewe, or every horse a mare! C’mon people it’s not that difficult! If you don’t know just simply refer to them as cattle, then no matter what you’ll be correct! Although I know this gets on the nerves of a lot of Ag people my quirk goes a little to far. I’ve found my self in situations where I’m even correcting little kids! I realize it’s silly, and ridiculous, but every time I tell myself not to my mouth opens without my permission and out come the words! The biggest problem with this is mothers tend to glare when a stranger corrects their child!

Trial # 3

The belief that drawings should be a reflection of a true show animal

This happens to be a new-found quirk of mine and I’m not sure why, but as of lately it drives me nuts when I see a drawing of a steer I now care about his structure, his length of body, and how much muscularity can be seen in the drawing! Case in point Allie, Bracy and I  just ordered an ice cream cake for Jackie’s birthday and of course we asked for the drawing to include a show heifer!  The lady miss understood and informed us she would have no problem depicting a cow, we let the mix up go and hoped for the best! Instead we got this…

18704_559946757353881_199918814_n We were less than impressed with her topline, how high her tail head was, and her thick unfeminine neck among other things! To remedy the situation Bracy took a candle to her to make her into a much more presentable female (:


The finished product!

All in all it’s pretty harmless and it’s really not all that hard to be an Ag kid, but next time I correct someone for calling a steer a cow they might understand why (:

Casey Donahew Concert

March 10, 2010

The Casey Donahew Band is hands down one of the best out there in my opinion. A couple weeks ago, they happened to be preforming in Manhattan at the Longhorn’s Saloon. Since Manhattan is only a couple hours from El Dorado, my friends and I attend whatever concerts our schedules allow. This time Sarah, Kallie, Morgan, Analena, Ethan and I were the ones to represent Butler.

Me, Sarah and Kallie before the Donahew concert. They are my fabulous roomies 🙂

Not only did we have a great time listening to some amazing Red Dirt music, but we also got to meet the drummer for band, Taz, afterwards. It was definitely a great night! 🙂