Last week was a busy one on BEEF Daily with the launching of a new photo contest, an interview with an agriculture economist on marketing tips and the unraveling of a story with a twisted plot - a discovered alliance with 4-H and the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). Despite the eventful week, it's really just business as usual here at BEEF, and we are working hard to keep you up to date on the latest news happening in the beef cattle industry. I thought I would provide a quick update on the five most relevant things on my radar this week. Read on for more details.
1. The photo gallery  for the 2010 BEEF Daily Baby Calf Photo Contest  is officially up and running. As you may recall, participants were asked for a single entry of a baby calf to submit in this contest. For those who sent me numerous photos, (believe me, I'm not complaining...I loved looking at them) I only added your first submitted photo to the gallery to be judged for the top 10 finalists. Take a few minutes to flip through the cute photographs  of baby calves from across the country. I promise it will make your Tuesday morning just a little bit brighter. Keep sending in your photos to [email protected] Deadline is April 21, 2010. Also, let me know your favorites in the comments section; I love your feedback!
2. The story continues to unfold as 4-H released a statement  about HSUS being a part of their national conference. As this disturbing alliance was unveiled, I provided updates  on the blog in real time. Be sure to check out my blog post on this topic for the full scoop. And, remember to support your county and state 4-H programs. While national definitely made a huge misstep which they aren't apologetic for, I'm still a proud 4-H alumni and a strong supporter of what this program can do for young people in agriculture!
3. Earth Day  is just around the corner. On April 22, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of this wonderful holiday. Show consumers and the media just how farmers and ranchers celebrate Earth Day every day and reference the BEEF Earth Day 2010  resources to help you get the job done. Once there, you will find a wealth of information and quick tidbits to share in your outreach efforts.
4. As included in today's newsletter , an American rancher was killed on the Mexican border recently. According to the New York Times , Robert N. Krentz Jr., 58, the scion of one of the best-known and oldest ranching families in southeast Arizona, was found shot to death March 27 on his vast, remote ranch north of here after radioing to his brother that he was aiding someone he believed to be an illegal immigrant.
My deepest sympathies go to the family, friends and neighbors of Krentz. This is certainly an issue that I will continue to monitor in the future. If you have comments, stories or concerns to share related to this topic, send them to [email protected]
5. Finally, just for fun, spring is here and calving season is in full swing. It seems all I want to do these days is enjoy the beautiful weather and be outside working. I love watching the calves run around in the pasture, and I start getting excited about working on show calves and gearing up for summer. What's your favorite calving season memory? What do you like best/worst about this time of year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks in advance for your participation!