It was a beautiful, sunny day in Mitchell, S.D. this weekend for preg-checking the cows. The cattle quickly moved efficiently through the wheel corral and working tubs for the veterinarian to examine them, and we sorted off the open and late cows as the day progressed.
It's always difficult to select cull cows, and as I grow up, I'm realizing more and more, how important it is to keep a level head and not fall too "in love" with any one cow. However, at the end of the day, when the cowherd is totally content and happily grazing on corn stalks, it's hard not to fall head over heels for them all over again.
 As a young producer, outlining a financial plan, detailing a risk management strategy and making dreams become a reality is definitely overwhelming at times. As we prepare to kick off another work week, I was hoping to hear some of your stories about how you got started in the beef cattle business.
Was it something you always knew you wanted to do? How did you establish your business? What challenges have you had to overcome to sustain through the years? While all of our stories may be different, at the end of the day, we have one thing in common: we can't help but love those big bovines out in our pastures. Despite the challenges, the rewards in this career path are more than worth it.
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Domestic cattle were first brought to the Western Hemisphere by Columbus on his second voyage. (Source: Columbia Encyclopedia )