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A new photo caption contest starts today, and readers can win fun prizes. Plus, check out the latest agricultural advocacy video by the Peterson brothers.

The official start of summer begins tomorrow, and to kick off the beginning of a new season, I thought it would be a good time to have a photo caption contest. The photograph that needs a caption is one of my sister Kaley hugging her “fluffy cow” at the state fair a few years ago.

Two weeks ago, the term “fluffy cows” got a lot of buzz in the media, and the conversation continues. I must say at first I was skeptical; after all, we had just equated a food animal to a teddy bear. But now I see it as an opportunity to invite folks to county and state fairs to learn more about where their beef comes from and who the people are who care for cattle. What better platform is there than seeing a 4-H kid work on his or her market steer? Now that we’ve got the media’s attention, we can talk about things like the nutritional value of beef and the byproducts we get from cattle that enhance our daily lives.

Read my previous blog on this topic: “Is The #FluffyCow Trend Good For The Industry?” 

Troy Marshall also opined on these fluffy cows: “Should We Fear Lovable Fluffy Cows?”

On the beefmagazine.com homepage, we ask what you think about the fluffy cow trend. With 140 votes so far, 49% say “it’s a negative for the industry; these are food animals, not pets.” Another 27% say “it’s good for the industry; people are paying attention to beef.” The remaining 24% either say it doesn’t matter or don’t know. You can vote in the poll here, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Regardless of what you think about the fluffy cow trend, summer marks the time of year when kids across the country are spending countless hours grooming, feeding and prepping their 4-H projects for the fair.

To enter this contest, simply provide your best caption or title for this photograph in the comments section below.

Entries will be accepted until noon on June 25. The three best captions will be announced on June 26. Each winner will take home a limited-edition, western art print, each worth $100, courtesy of BEEF magazine. Good luck!

I’ll round out this blog post with a brand new video by YouTube stars and Kansas farm boys, the Peterson brothers. Enjoy!

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Discuss this Blog Entry 36

on Jun 20, 2013

You can't hold me down. I'm getting up and hitting the feed bunk.

SCooper (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

Friends to the end,it's not fair but it's "The Fair"

Leann (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him...

(Bugs Bunny anyone?) Great article Amanda!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"Tender Beef"

M&K Angus (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

I will love you even when you turn back into a human!

M&K Angus (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

I am tired of all the hair all over the sofa!

Jack Nemec (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

Keep hugging me like that and I will continue to wear the pink halter.

on Jun 20, 2013

Farm Friends Finish First!

Jim Crawford (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

I'm way to cute to eat...right??

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

Thank god your not covered by ObamaCare.

Tauy Scott (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"Beef, raised with love!" Brought to you by farmers and ranchers near you.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

The "ancient contract" at it's best! A life to always be cherished.

AND.....whoever gets to eat steak had better appreciate it!

Michelle Harrington (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

You're a winner and I love you....don't listen to those other cows.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"Calfy Love"

on Jun 20, 2013

IT'S SO FLUFFY!

on Jun 20, 2013

Can I come back as a Human?

James Stauffacher (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"I know the auction money will help further my education. But I'm sure going to miss you.

Holly (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"Purple Ribbon Pals"

Ryan o (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

"Listen kid, I think it's time we see other people. Curly, red Heads really arnt my thing."

Tauy Scott (not verified)
on Jun 20, 2013

La mooo

on Jun 20, 2013

I love you more than that "udder" heifer

Melissa (not verified)
on Jun 21, 2013

Hey PETA, How ya like them apples?!?!?!?!?!?

Sandy knight (not verified)
on Jun 22, 2013

Your my hero

on Jun 22, 2013

Young Love, Strong Love.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

Labor & Love

Joe Tupper (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

"I Love my Beef"

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

Seriously...I have to wear a pink halter to match your nails.

Nicksi Dee (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

What do you think I am? Your COW'asaki bike??

on Jun 24, 2013

I'm going to miss you, Baby Steaks.

SD (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

All fluffed up with places to go and people to see.

kent (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

I love you, Fluffy Moo!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

The best times of our lives

Margie McKeen (not verified)
on Jun 24, 2013

"You are so soft and fluffy I could stay here all day"

Northern Illinois (not verified)
on Jun 25, 2013

Beautie and the Beef

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 26, 2013

I love my 529 College fund.

Mary Almond (not verified)
on Oct 22, 2013

Hangin out with our nation's future dinner plate - BEEF!

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