On Monday, we concluded the end of an amazing photography contest featuring calves and cowboys  from across the country. With more than 100 photographers participating and 200-plus voters, it was our best contest yet. I hope you haven't put your cameras away, folks, because we are saddling up for another contest with a theme worth celebrating -- the wonderful women in agriculture!
 With Mother's Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to salute the cowgirls and cattlewomen in this great business. Use your creativity and imagination to highlight these dynamic ladies who raised us, taught us right from wrong and instilled in us a passion for the land, the animals and family values.
Once again, I will be compiling a gallery of your entries, and the deadline for photographs will be Monday, May 2. Finalists will be announced the following day, and the voting for our top two "Cowgirls and Cattlewomen" photos will be open until May 7. Our champions will be announced on Monday, May 9, the day after Mother's Day. (Don't forget to thank your momma on Sunday!)
It will be a quick contest, so don’t wait to send in your entry! To enter, simply send your best photograph to [email protected] with the name of the girl or woman in the photograph and a few words on what she means to you. Don't forget to include your mailing address, too! Please, one entry per person.
 Now, on to the prizes! Winners will receive “The Overseers” by Jack Sorenson, one of a limited-edition run of signed and numbered prints that measure 24 x 18 in. It is the third in a series of four images Sorenson produced for BEEF magazine covers in 1998-99 and retails for $125. This image depicts the summer season in cattle production; others were of fall, winter and spring cattle scenes. For more on Sorenson, read the April 1999 BEEF article, “The Storyteller." 
Take out the camera and let the beloved cowgirls and cattlewomen in your life be an inspiration. Let's show these great gals just how much they are appreciated!