Stock Show University Model

Here is Blake Young showing off his Stock Show University shirt he got for his birthday. He will be showing Herefords in Minnesota when he is old enough. Parents are Karen & Mike Young from Hemmahs Reg Polled Herefords!

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5 BuzzFeed Lists Showcasing Consumers’ Love For Cattle

Last summer’s “fluffy cow” trend has been replaced in popular culture with these BuzzFeed articles that celebrate the beloved bovine.

For those of us in the cattle business, we already know our beloved bovines are pretty awesome creatures. The business is labor-intensive and expensive, and although making a profit is important, there’s something about thejoy of raising cattle that keeps ranchers working far beyond reasonable hours, and a reasonable age of retirement.

Maybe it’s the pleasure of working with nature, seeing frisky calves play in the pasture, the pride of watching calves sell for top dollar in the fall, the challenge of improving on genetics, making a better beef product, or marketing that beef in new ways to consumers. No matter which sector of the industry you’re involved in, the cattle business is like no other, and the cows just make the work worthwhile.

While this information is common knowledge for cowboys, consumers are starting to figure out just how cool cattle are, as well. Remember last summer when “fluffy cows”were all the rage on social media? People couldn’t get enough of those cute show calveswith all of the hair.

While that trend has quieted a bit, cattle are getting attention once again on social media. This time, cattle are being celebrated on BuzzFeed, a popular community-run website that features fun lists folks scroll through such as, “The 100 Most Important Dog Photos Of All Time,” or “38 Epic Fails That Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself.”

Sound silly? You bet, but it’s strangely addicting. And it’s been neat to see that in the last couple of weeks, two new BuzzFeed lists have been all about the cows. Here is an excerpt from those lists:

1. 15 Common Meat Myths That Need To Be Crushed For Good

Created by the American Meat Institute (AMI), the list opens up with, “Meat: You love it and yet read so much false information online about it. Next time someone comes to you with these common meat myths, hit them back with the facts.”

The list debunks misinformation about meat plants, food safety, antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, grass-fed beef vs. grain-fed beef, “pink slime,” hot dog production, environmental impacts in beef production, superbugs and animal welfare.

2. 21 Reasons Cows Are Actually Awesome

Created by Lindsey Robertson, the BuzzFeed staff member writes, “Bonafide bovines are ahead.”

She cites cows’ lovable personalities, curiosity, long tongues, funny faces, furry appearance, perfect faces for selfies, and friendships to other animals as reasons why cows are pretty awesome. This list is more fun than informative, but the cute photographs certainly have drawn some attention on social media, endearing the beef industry to consumers who checked out the list.

Apparently, the site has found humor in the cattle business in the past. While they may be on the fanciful side, by talking about the light-hearted side of the business, we can better relate to our consumers who simply want to know more about where their food comes from and what ranchers are all about.

Here are three more BuzzFeed lists about ranch life and cattle worth checking out:

3. Cow Auctioneers Set To Hip Hop Beats Are The Jam You Need In Your Life

4. 19 Cows Who Don’t Quite Have This Cow Thing Down

5. 11 Reasons Fluffy Cows Are The New Micropigs

What do you think about these BuzzFeed lists? Do you think they help connect producersto consumers? Or are they too cutesy that they might make it hard for consumers to want to eat a cheeseburger after reading them? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


The 4-Square Philosophy

When Purina first was founded back in 1894 by William H. Danforth he felt that people should lead a 4-Square life and practice a 4-Square method of livestock production.

In livestock production, the 4-Square philosophy states that we apply Good Breeding, Good Feeding, Proper Sanitation and Sound Management. This gave rise to our 4-Square brand of products.

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The philosophy that Mr. Danforth established over one hundred years ago persists today in the people and programs of Purina Mills, LLC That heritage is displayed in the 4-Square brand that Purina uses at the Research Center on products that they proudly provide to their customers.

As the leader in animal nutrition, Purina Mills provides guidance and leadership to both the commercial feed industry and its customers. Through the years, many significant discoveries have resulted from Purina Mills’ dedication to research. Purina Mills continues to achieve significant milestones in the field of animal nutrition.

Stockshow Confidential

Don’t miss the latest episode of Stockshow Confidential airing tonight at 8:30 pm CST on RFD-TV! This episode will feature highlights from the lamb show at the National Western Stock Show!
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