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Caption this photograph submitted by Lauren Chase, Montanta Stockgrower’s Association communications director, to win a copy of “Cowboy Wisdom -- What The World Can Learn From The Wit And Wisdom Of The West.” Three copies will be given away.

Spring is a busy time of year for cattlemen. What with calving, planting, and getting ready to move pairs to summer pastures, there’s a lot on our minds and always a full day’s job to do. One of the most important things a rancher does this time of year is check his newborn calves and watch for any signs of coccidiosis, scours, pneumonia or anything else that might slow those babies down.

So, we make our lists and check them twice. Our calf records hold a wide range of information, such as birthdate and birthweight, sire and dam, calving difficulty score, color, polled or horned, etc. We also track if a calf has had treatment and how often. These little details add up in the big scheme of things, and I’m certain most ranchers maintain some kind of records, whether it’s in a spare notebook or on an expensive computer program.

Either way, this photo, taken by Lauren Chase, Montanta Stockgrower’s Association’s communications director, captures the spirit of the cowboy and his never-ending checks over his stock. The photo was taken near McMinnville, TN, and I’m sure hoping and praying we start to green up around here like it is down there!

The caption contest will run from today until noon on April 26. We will select three best captions to win a copy of “Cowboy Wisdom -- What The World Can Learn From The Wit And Wisdom Of The West,” by David Stevenson, with photography by David Stoecklein. To enter, simply leave your best caption idea in the comments section below.

As a side note, only registered readers can comment; we unfortunately can’t award prizes to “Anonymous.” Registering is easy. Just click here to sign up.

I can’t wait to read your captions. Good luck to all participants!

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 72

Darcy (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2013

He's making a list, and checking it twice. Going to make sure it's exact and precise!

Keith (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

That dead tree has to go before it falls on the fence. I'll put it on my list.

Heather Angle-Gardner (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

Calving season and record keeping. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

John Crain (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

She's been open for three years - I'd give her a healthy dose of Trailer-mycin but she was my first cow ever...

on Apr 18, 2013

Really? You need to ask? After the four, beautiful babies I gave you, you still don't know your way to the sale barn?

Stephanie Fitzgerald (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

The list goes on! Being a cowboy is not an 8-5 job but a 24/7 lifestyle.

Jeff Madison (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

A real cowboy's I-pad (batteries not required)

on Apr 18, 2013

Pencil and Paper in A Cowboy's Hand – Cows, Calves, Land –
√Check! √Check! √Check!

ncoleman (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

One more year!

on Apr 18, 2013

tag I.D. and registration please; do you know how fast you were grazing?

Darcy (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

I love this one! Excellent job.

on May 8, 2013

Can I get your mailing address, please, so we can send you your prize? You were one of our winners! Congrats! You can email me your address at beefnews@hotmail.com. Thanks!

Roger Huckfeldt (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

I'll never forget the storm that night when I found your head poking out of that snow drift. Worst blizzard we ever had.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Ok, one salt block, a side of minerals, and a proteen lick...do you want fries with that?

DDD (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Check your book, You gotta have more grass than this!

on Apr 18, 2013

" I wished I could be out here all day!, but this "honey-do" list is got to be done!

Douglas V. Wilson (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Let's see, I am supposed to take rain and dirt and make steaks and potatoes---cheaply.

on Apr 18, 2013

Hey, look, it's not the notepad and your questions that I'm worried about, but I have to admit that rubber glove in your back pocket is making me just a little bit uncomfortable.

Ron Livengood (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Where did you hide him!!

on Apr 18, 2013

"Okay, for a couple of cubes I'll tell you where the other girls are hanging out today..."

Amy Patrick (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

I'll have a pinch of molasses with my corn please....

on Apr 18, 2013

Really....How could you forget a face like this.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

would you like yours natural or medicated?

Harvey (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

That's right, it is spring, time for your performance review and I don't see a calf.

on Apr 18, 2013

OFF TOPIC: Not sure how many of you cowboys out there are hockey fans or not, but if you didn't have the opportunity to see the National Anthem at the BOSTON Bruins game last night, it was amazing. Please see the link below: It is exactly how it SHOULD BE DONE, everytime. The crowd takes it away:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzMsagY7oRs

on Apr 18, 2013

Labor and Delivery. Ok that last contraction lasted 2 minutes. Let me know when the next one starts so I can write it down.

Leroy Getz (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

What do you want now?

Tim Anderson (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

"I'll just have a salad and a glass of water."

Richard Bretz (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Ma'am would you like timothy hay or alfalfa as your salad?

Betty Shahan (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Yes, master, you got my number,I crossed the bog and came out here alone to deliver you my jewel.

Adele Bartholomew (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Just why are you looking at me?

Al Fuhrman (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

'Can I git yer phone number, too?'

on Apr 18, 2013

C'mon cowboy, use your wisdom and give me a good score!

on Apr 18, 2013

You lookin' at me? You lookin' at me? Then who the heck else are you lookin'... you lookin' at me? Well, I'm the only one here.

on Apr 18, 2013

Thinking Beyond Spring

on Apr 18, 2013

Tooty Fruity
Here comes Shoe Booty

d black (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

" if only i could read that number from here"

Helen Hassan (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

I gotta git me those electronic tags this year !

Crystal (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Did she have a calf this year?

Keith Evans (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

She's a little weak in the hind quarters."

Keith Evans

on Apr 18, 2013

A calf is invisible without its records.

on Apr 18, 2013

What's the score?

7u2u (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Well girlie, according to my records it rained last.....second tho't ya better just fill up. this may be as good as it gets...

Pigg Ranch (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Did you see that high-headed heifer come by this way?

Bob Mudd (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

Countin' the Days

J. Stauffacher (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2013

"How dare that SOB, putting my number on his cull sheet. "

Tauy Scott (not verified)
on Apr 19, 2013

"Let me tell you the story my momma told me of how 'Black Baldies' came about. You write it down now."

Roanboy (not verified)
on Apr 19, 2013

I 'm look'n back to se if your look'n back to see.

JUDY CLABORN (not verified)
on Apr 19, 2013

"WANNA SEE MY NEW BABY?"

billy joe (not verified)
on Apr 19, 2013

ok baldy where you hide this one ?

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