Two weeks ago, I opened the floor to listen to your ideas and suggestions for future topics of discussion on this blog with the BEEF Daily Reader Review Survey. Thanks to you, I have some really good ideas to pursue. Suggestions included: discussing HSUS activity more often, sharing my personal story back at the farm, covering events such as the World Beef Expo, differentiating between natural and organic beef, informing readers of university activities and research and sending updates on ballot initiatives and bill activities in Washington D.C. These are all very important topics, and I'm excited to explore different areas within the animal agriculture industry to better serve your needs. Participants in this survey were thrown into a sweepstakes to win a cool BEEF paperweight, and it's time to announce the winners!
Congratulations to Jeff Bohn, Wendell Davis and Scott Gafney!
I think you are doing a great job. I like reading your writings. No real suggestions. But we always hear what very large producers are doing and the majority of beef is produced by small outfits. Comments that can help us 50-100 cow producers or just what they are doing is nice. -Jeff Bohn
I think you are doing a great job, and focusing on what I think is the most important topic: making everyone aware of the activities of groups like HSUS. And it is important that you make your readers aware of opportunities to voice their opinions in these debates. A segment of this country wants to shut the livestock industry down, and we need to have current information on their activities. -Wendell Davis
Wisconsin will be the center of Bovine activity the next couple of weeks. World Beef Expo kicks off Thursday, September 24 at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. Saturday and Sunday are packed with a variety of sales and shows. On Sunday, juniors will close out the Expo with their heifer and steer shows. The following weekend dairy cattle producers from across the world will descend upon Madision for World Dairy Expo. It is a great time to catch up with your local sales reps that work both sides of bovine industry. Hope you consider checking out either event. -Scott Gafney
Stay tuned for the following topics this week: a recap of my weaning calves weekend, tackling challenges in the agriculture industry head on and sharing the story of your homestead. Join the discussion today! Have a great start to a brand new week!
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: The number of small farms counted in the 2007 Census of Agriculture
was 1,995,133, or 91 percent of all farms.