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  • May 1, 2014
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    NEW Photo Contest: Send Your Best “Ranch Mom” Photo

    Happy May Day! At my house, we’re praying for May showers to green up the pastures, and we’re looking forward to summer grazing season just around the corner. With the month of May comes Mother’s Day. I’m now 35 weeks pregnant and looking forward to joining the “mom club,” but in the meantime, we are celebrating ranch moms with a new photo contest....More
  • Apr 28, 2014
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    "Man's Best Friend" Photo Champions Announced! 4

    The beefmagazine.com website has literally “gone to the dogs” this April. We’ve been celebrating “man’s best friend” with a photography contest featuring our beloved dogs on the ranch. The contest ended up being one of our most popular to date, with 180+ entries. We narrowed the puppy pics to 10 finalists, and you helped us choose our champions! It’s time to announce our winners!...More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    My Epiphanies Today Tend To Be More Painful 7

    When I was young, life was pretty exciting. There were a lot of universal truths that I discovered for the first time that came on like epiphanies. As I’ve grown older, the epiphanies have become more infrequent, and a lot of them could be categorized as epiphanies on how life is not always fair....More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    5 Beef Myths In Opinion Column Debunked 5

    A BEEF Daily reader recently sent me a copy of the Center For Science In The Public Interest’s (CSPI) Nutrition Action Health Letter from April 2014. She was upset by a column written by Michael F. Jacobsen, CFSPI executive director, entitled, “Hoofing It Away From Beef.” After reading the opening paragraph, I can see why it made her angry....More
  • Apr 21, 2014
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    VOTE Now For Your Favorite “Man’s Best Friend” Photo! 1

    In one of our most popular photography contests to date, we’ve sorted through the 180+ entries in the BEEF Daily “Man’s Best Friend” photo contest and narrowed them down to our top 10 entries. Now it’s time for our readers to vote for the champions!...More
  • Apr 17, 2014
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    Sign Petition To Remove HSUS From Non-Profit List 20

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is certainly no friend to animal agriculture. This is a topic that has been covered extensively on the BEEF Daily blog, so it’s not new news to any of you, I’m sure. However, when I travel the country speaking to agricultural groups, I’m always surprised when someone comes up to me after a speech and reveals to me that they had no idea of HSUS’ deceptive tactics. These conversations motivate me to keep educating both ranchers and the general public about the less-than-noble efforts of this animal rights activist group....More
  • Apr 16, 2014
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    Dealing With The Grief Of A Lost Spouse & Partner 1

    We hosted my sister Courtney’s bridal shower over the weekend. In just six short weeks, she will walk down the aisle and marry my future brother-in-law, Riley. Both being country kids, the women in attendance had plenty of advice to offer Courtney and Riley when it comes to having a successful ranch marriage. The words of wisdom passed along reminded me of a blog post I wrote when they first got engaged: Marriage Advice From One Rancher’s Wife To Another...More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    BLM Vs. Nevada Rancher Bundy: What Is The Real Story? 93

    I’ve been following with keen interest the case of the government seizure and sale of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s herd. I’ve also received countless emails from readers requesting I blog about this case. Admittedly, I’m a bit reluctant to touch this subject – not because I fear the controversy – but because I don’t feel close enough to the situation to fully grasp all the nuances and accurately report on the case....More
  • Apr 14, 2014
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    5 Best Dog Stories From Readers; PLUS: 125+ Puppy Pics 2

    We have compiled a gallery of 125 dog photographs submitted by our readers. View the gallery, enter the contest, and share your favorite photos on social media to showcase the bond ranchers have with our furry friends....More
  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Test Drive A Ram Truck, Raise Money For FFA

    I’m not in the market for a new pickup. Heck, a minivan is probably more appropriate with a baby on the way, but I’m going to test drive a Dodge pickup truck on April 26....More
  • Apr 8, 2014
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    Can The Beef Industry Get Along? 3

    Perusing the comments from several recent blog posts points out several things—we’re a very diversified business that encompasses people with a wide diversity of outlooks and opinions; and we’re an industry that allows those outlooks and opinions to become dangerously entrenched....More
  • Apr 8, 2014
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    NEW Photo Contest: “Man’s Best Friend”

    For a lot of ranchers, where they go, so do their dogs. Trusty, loyal and good help, too, these four-legged friends are part of ranching families and the ranching tradition. Whether it’s a cattle dog, sheep dog, hunting dog or just a family pet, dogs are truly “man’s best friend,” and we are celebrating canines in our latest photo contest....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
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    Readers’ Winning Essays Remind Me Of Why I Love The Cattle Business

    If you’ve been following the “Why I Ranch” essay contest, sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, then you already know that we are among kindred spirits in the beefmagazine.com community. It’s nice to share the same values of hard work, the importance of family, a love of nature and a passion for cattle with other folks....More
  • Mar 24, 2014
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    8 Things Happening During National Ag Week 3

    National Agriculture Week kicks off this week (March 23-30), and it’s the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture. Make an effort, particularly this week, to spread the positive message about agriculture in your community. On Friday, I asked friends on Facebook what they have planned for the upcoming week. Here are eight things happening across the country for National Agriculture Week. Please, let us know about any additional events in the comments section below....More
  • Mar 17, 2014
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    Talking Technology With Non-Technical Consumers 9

    The debate surrounding how the beef industry should respond to activist attacks has been going on for quite some time, and it seems we're no closer to finding an answer. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep asking the question....More
  • Mar 17, 2014
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    Contest Entrant Tells Why Her Roots Are Deep In Ranching 1

    It’s hard to believe March is half gone, but it’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring. For many ranchers, these days are filled with calving out cows. In fact, I’m already looking ahead to this summer, turning pairs out to pasture and haying season. You can’t blame a girl for wanting to fast-forward through the mud and muck of springtime and start enjoying long, hot summer days with lots of sunshine!...More
  • Mar 10, 2014
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    What Does HSUS & The Hunger Games Have In Common? 7

    Partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a lot like joining an alliance in the Hunger Games. If you’ve seen the movie or read the books, you know that each district in this imaginary world has to sacrifice a boy and a girl tribute to play in the Hunger Games, which ultimately results in the tributes killing one another until only one remains....More

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