They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and with a record number of photos submitted in our first photo contest of 2012, I would say the collection says a lot of great things about who we are in animal agriculture.
Viewing the gallery , I see well-fed and cared-for cattle. I see beloved pets. I see kids working alongside their parents in the snow. I see new baby calves, frost-covered barns, fences and trees, and beautiful horses gracing the countryside.
Jamie May, BEEF senior editor, has compiled all of your entries into a stunning video, which I believe tells the beef production story very well. Watch the clip below and share it with your friends! 
Simply stated, I’m awed and inspired by the photo gallery the BEEF Daily readers have put together for the “Winter Wonderland On The Ranch”  photo contest.
Now, to announce our finalists! Congratulations to the following: Diana Palmer, Meghan Anderson, Kimmel Dalley, Trey Chapman, Carrie Ludwig, Darcy Vial, Erin Smith, Erica Boyer, Kent Hanawalt and David Schafer.
Help us choose our champion and reserve photographs by choosing the number of your favorite photo from the finalist gallery and leaving it in the comments section below. The number can be found on the right-hand side of each photo. View the finalist gallery here. 
Our two winners will take home $100 in VISA Beef Bucks, courtesy of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, and three randomly selected voters will also receive $100 in Beef Bucks! Thanks for your participation! Voting is open until Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Results will be posted on Monday, Feb. 20, so stay tuned!
By the way, we will have another photo contest in April to celebrate calving season on the ranch, so start snapping photos now! Just a heads up, the prizes will be from our friends at Roper Apparel. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity!