Friday, July 8, 2016

National Ice Cream Month!

July is National Ice Cream Month!! Here are a few facts that you might not have known about ice cream:
- 90% of America's population enjoys Ice Cream
- One dairy cow can produce enough milk in her life time for 9,000 gallons of ice cream
- One cone of ice cream can be finished in 50 licks (is it actually true? Try it for yourself ;))
- Vanilla is the #1 flavor choice in the US
- 9% of all milk produced in the US is used for ice cream
- "Brain freezes" occur when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth
- California produces the most ice cream in America
- Chocolate syrup is the world's most popular topping
- The ice cream sundae was born in the 1880's
- June is the month in which the most ice cream is produced (also June Dairy Month)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"What they don't know won't hurt them."

The saying, "What they don't know won't hurt them", has more than likely been used by every single one of us. But have you ever stopped to think about how it isn't true? Especially when it comes to agriculture.

Scrolling through Facebook like I do every day, I see posts of all kinds; family vacations, fun times with friends, show cows, people showing cows and people selling cows. Unfortunately, every now and then I run across a post from PETA. All of my farm friends already know what was in that post; twisted truth and misinterpreted information. But what really got my attention wasn't the misleading video, it was the comments below it. People from all around the world saying things like, "This is why I'm vegan!" or "Those poor mistreated animals!" And I thought to myself, "People really believe those things?" Yes! They do! But why??

This where the phrase comes in. In this situation what they don't know actually does hurt them and the people that care for those "poor animals". Every time PETA publishes an article or video more and more people are convinced that the livestock industry is cruel and evil so they should just go vegan. Then they tell their friends and the fire spreads from there. I believe people are so easily convinced because possibly, they've never been on a farm, they've never seen a cow, they don't personally know a farmer and think that food just appears in the grocery store.

Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being a vegan because there's not. It's your choice after all. But there is something wrong with false accusations and turning someone away from a hard working family business. What do we as farmers and agriculturists do?

We answer questions, offer information, politely inform others about your job and why you do what you do. It cannot be just a handful of people trying to make the difference. So, I challenge anyone reading this to make a post, answer a question or even ask a question if you're unfamiliar with farming practices and teach maybe just one person, maybe a hundred people, that what they don't know.. well, ya know. ;)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cows can take prom pictures too!

Halfway into summer and here I am writing about prom that happened three months ago.. typical me. But first, let me apologize for slacking here lately. Between basketball, softball, FFA and church activities, I don't get much time to sit down at a computer! Anyway..

For the last couple of years I have been HOOKED on Pinterest but fortunately, I know I'm not the only one. Following some of my friends that show cattle with me I started repinning some of the cutest prom and wedding pictures that featured their show animals. So when I found out that I had time to make a quick, and I mean quick, stop at the barn for prom pictures this year I was ecstatic! My mom took some of the best pictures that I still gawk over two months later so of course I have to share with everyone else.

This one is by far my favorite. All of my favorite things in one picture! Cows, softball, basketball, and my boots.

This is Shiloh, my big sweet girl.

She's really fooling you here.. she could care less about this photo shoot.

Yes, I wore my boots to prom.. no shame.

All of my cow pictures turned out perfect! However, my actual date wasn't too bad either. ;)