Author Bill Vaughan once said, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in, while a pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” As 2011 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the ups and downs of the cattle business, while looking ahead to a bright tomorrow in 2012. With a new year just around the corner, I’m choosing to be the optimist — confident that food producers will be rewarded for their efforts with increased beef demand, both domestically and abroad. Before we move on to another year, let’s reveal this year’s most-read BEEF Daily blog posts.
Top 10 BEEF Daily Blog Posts:
1. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Represent Real Country Values 
2. I’ll Get My Burritos Elsewhere, Chipotle 
3. Don’t Mess With Texas, PETA. 
4. The Truth About HSUS Might Shock You 
5. Cowboys And Cattlemen Photo Contest Finalists 
6. Don’t Support Hollywood Stars Who Are Anti-Agriculture 
7. Announcing The BEEF Daily Calves And Cowboys Photography Finalists 
8. Why Are Celebrities Khloe Kardashian, Miranda Lambert and Nina Dobrev In BEEF Daily 
9. Who Cares About Cowboys Anymore? 
10. It’s Our Turn, Oprah 
Looking back on these topics, which one was your favorite? What would you like to discuss further in 2012? I would love to hear your ideas to better serve you and this blog community in the upcoming year.
Finally, it’s time to award the winner of the final give away in 2011. Congratulations to Joseph Scott, who has won $100 VISA Beef Bucks, courtesy of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary. Scott responded to yesterday’s blog question: What advice do you have for young ranchers?
Scott writes, “Having been in the cattle business for more than 20 years, I’ve had my share of good years, but there have been plenty of years in the red, too. My best advice is to be smart and realistic about money. Don’t try to have now what your folks have worked for their entire careers. Be patient and do your homework. Be prepared when you go visit the ag-lender and have good relationships with your neighbors. Work hard and do your best. Take pride in the land and the livestock you have, and always remember to thank God for His many blessings.”
Cheers to a great 2011 and best wishes for a wonderful start in 2012! Don’t forget to snap photos over the holiday weekend in preparation for a January photography contest. The theme will be “Winter Wonderland On The Ranch.” Get creative with your camera and stay tuned for more details! We have more $100 VISA Beef Bucks to giveaway to talented photographers and the voters who choose our winners!