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We’re winding down 2012 with an art print giveaway! Enter to win by captioning this photo.

Whether you feed 10 or 10,000 cows, the talk of 2012 was the increasing price of feed and forages in the beef industry. While high input costs in the cattle business isn’t new news, the worst drought the U.S. has seen in a half-century blanketed more than two-thirds of the country and created a shortage of these commodities, elevating the problem even further.

Now, I’m not sure what 2013 will bring; if the drought continues, it could be a dangerous combination for U.S. beef producers, who are currently maintaining the smallest beef herd since the 1950s. Maintaining or increasing the size of the U.S. herd could prove difficult as pasture and hay supplies run short.

Despite this worry, I certainly don’t want to end 2012 on a negative note. So, to round out the year, I thought I would give away one more prize -- three copies of a western art print entitled, “The Overseers,” by Amarillo, TX-based artist, Jack Sorenson. This is a limited-edition, numbered print, signed by the artist and retails for $100.

To enter, simply leave a caption for the photo below in the comments section. The deadline to enter is noon on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Our winner will be announced on Jan. 3, and two additional copies of the print will go to entrants drawn at random. Good luck!

 
 

By the way, be sure to participate in our weekly reader poll at beefmagazine.com. This week's poll asks the question: "Are you optimistic about 2013?" The choices are:

  • Yes. I’m feeling optimistic.
  • No. I expect it to be worse for me.
  • 2013 will be a lot like 2012.
  • I have no idea.

And be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

Discuss this Blog Entry 224

Dan Kutschkau (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"Life is good!"

Carl (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

At Peace

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Peace on earth

Lindsey (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

The View of God's Country with a Cowboys 2 Best Friends

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Converting wind into energy to water our livestock. The same livestock that convert grasses not suitable for humans into protein. We are the true "Green" movement.

on Dec 31, 2012

Living the dream

Cowgirlsrus (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"Satisfaction"

Jerry Brandon (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

I've counted and counted and still come up ten short.

2013 will be a good year!

Gloria Stroud (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

With hard work and and God willing I can have something like this some day.

Larry (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Good Breeze, Good Water....Good Day!

gary (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

The Future Lies Ahead

don (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you , Lord

B Westerberg (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Didn't know I died, but this sure looks live heaven!

KELLY CORBIN (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Getting a count

Mallory (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"Harmony on the plains"

David Miller (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Living the Dream

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Hope the wind starts blowing.

LCS (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Enjoyment of Allusive Harmony

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

My little slice of Heaven here on earth.

Silverado Cattle-VA (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

The Future of Sustainability

Quien Sabe Cattle Co. (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"Thank You Lord!"

Jerome Behm (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

A Legacy To Be Envied

Tim (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

The Good Life in Gods Country

Katy (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Grazer's Paradise

shaun evertson (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"There are no words..."

Rob Schaaf 44649 (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

A Cowboy's Future

seems to fit this picture nicely

on Dec 31, 2012

Best day ever Great horse,Good dog,Great view Why don't people understand us!

Darcy (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Corn every day keeps the vet away!

on Dec 31, 2012

To think I gave up a desk job for this

Clyde (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

The cattle on ten thousand hills!

DMcWill (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Mesmerized by blue skies, mesa montages, mama cows, and mighty-fine memories--far from the fiscal fiasco of the financial cliff and climate of the money monarchs of Washington, DC....take me home, to the arid, Amarillo plains.

cbeebe (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

waitin for rain

Karl Dallefeld (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"Peaceful Paradise"

TFolks (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

BTW i want this job-- "The value of food and freedom with my best friends"

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"No need for dreaming"

on Dec 31, 2012

Thank You Lord for all the good!

Mindy (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Watchin' em water

Gary Tretter II (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Break Time

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

waiting for their turn

Sara Hill (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Title for painting: Countin' Heads/Countin' Blessings

I think 2013 will be a lot like 2012-but I pray better. The election was a discouraging event. Have to play with the hand that was dealt us...

Joann Arata (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"PURE COUNTRY"

on Dec 31, 2012

Surveying the herd

Melanie Gail Poock (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Peaceful Valley

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"We'll give them another few minutes. If the dudes don't show, we'll just move them ourselves."

Joann Arata (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"PURE COUNTRY"

on Dec 31, 2012

"All in a Days Work"

Bob Gwilt (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Taking it all in.

Debra Smith (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Found'em. Days like today make me want to say, "Thanks Lord for makin' me a cowboy."

Tracy Johnson (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"It's a good day"

Jim Hogue (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

"They look good today...what will next year bring?"

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