Monday, April 22, 2013

Advocating Done Right

Steel Anderson a student at MSU, who happens to be a good friend of mine, posted a simple picture on The Humane Society's Facebook page last and got a huge response.  

The photo is of a man carrying a calf in the middle of a winter storm.. Something most ranchers do every year.  

Steel posted this under the photo, "I'm not sure why ranchers and farmers are demonized by your organization... but here is a photo to prove how much we love our animals and are very concerned about animal welfare. We are dedicated individuals who love what we do. So the next time you attempt to falsely criticize us, refer back to this photo to remind yourselves who we are!"

This photo went viral in the first few hours!

It got people talking, they were asking questions, stating concerns and making conversations with us, the producers.  Yes, if you read all the comment (which I have) people tend to refer back to the profit stand point often.  Saying things similar to, he wouldn't care of that calf if it didn't make a profit.  We have to make money BUT if we wanted to get rich quick, ranching is not the lifestyle we would have picked. 

But the moral of the story is to share your story if you are a producer or ask questions if you are a consumer.  We care about each and every calf, lamb, foal etc! 

Check out Steel on Northern Ag network discussing this photo. 
Northern Ag Network

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Guest Blog from the New Montana Beef Ambassador

Papa. Grandpa. Rancher. Caretaker. Best friend.

All of these define my Papa.

The theme of the 83rd Annual Montana State Convention was "Leave a Legacy", as we headed home onSaturday, I couldn't help but think of the legacy my Grandpa passed on to me. He owned and operated the biggest ranch in the state of North Dakota. He was featured in theAmerican Hereford Journal multiple times. He taught me to appreciate all of theblessings I have been given. He taught me to work hard and make my cattle thebest they can be. As Papa approached the end of his life, he was diagnosed withALS. This disease didn’t have any effect upon his mind. Although papa had todiscontinue working with his cattle, he didn’t refrain himself from encouragingme to continue the legacy he had started. He would always involve himself in conversationsthat included ranching, cattle, or his favorite breed- Herefords. My papa truly left a legacy.      

How are you leaving your legacy?

Proverbs 24:10