It’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. Here in Mitchell, SD, the weather has been beautiful — the sun shines, the snow has missed us and the cattle are still grazing corn stalks! We have been incredibly blessed this fall and winter, after a very wet spring and extremely dry summer, and while many are dreaming of a white Christmas, I’m dreaming of a holiday weekend watching the cows graze instead of having to feed hay in the snow.
It’s that time of year to count our many blessings, give to those in need and enjoy the company of our dear loved ones. I hope you will be able to set aside the work that’s not pressing and enjoy the little things this weekend — the laughter of family gathering in your house, the joy of children unwrapping presents from Santa, the sounds of carols sung by the choir at church, the warmth of the kitchen as Christmas dinner is prepared, and the many new memories that will be made with those you love.
This week, we have asked BEEF Daily readers three questions to enter themselves in a Christmas contest; today, I am announcing the winners. Take a look at the last two weeks of conversations and read the responses for the following questions:
How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people?
How do you enjoy cholesterol-lowering, heart-healthy beef at Christmas?
What are you thankful for this Christmas?
Do you think the economy will rebound in 2012?
What is your favorite Christmas dish, treat or dessert?
Congratulations to Harrison Fosdick, who will receive a $100 VISA Beef Bucks gift card, courtesy of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary. About the challenge of feeding a growing planet, Fosdick writes, “Farmers in developed countries need to continue to be innovative to produce both crops and livestock more efficiently. Another important step would be to increase education and innovation to producers in third-world countries. Many technologies that are used here could be adapted to help increase production in these countries.”
Cheers to the winners of my children’s book, “Levi’s Lost Calf,” Doug Ferguson and Jennifer Nesbitt.
Like my family, Ferguson also enjoys beef at Christmas and says, “On Christmas, the meat is prime rib. Thanksgiving, we have brisket. We still offer other “traditional” meats like turkey or ham. The thing is, we run out of beef every time, and the turkey goes home in doggy bags.”
Nesbitt is thankful for many things this Christmas. She says, “I’m thankful for my family’s health and to have my husband home with us for Christmas.”
Finally, I would like to announce an upcoming photo contest that will launch the first week of 2012. The theme is “Winter Wonderland,” and we are looking for photos featuring the chilly season on the ranch. Get creative and take a minute to snap a few photos over Christmas. We will be give several $100 VISA Beef Bucks, and you won’t want to miss it! Have fun taking photos; I can’t wait to see your entries! Stay tuned for more details.
Merry Christmas from my ranch to yours.