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4 Feel Good Stories: Peterson Bros, Steer Auction, Burger Facts & Ranching Memories

Today's blog rounds up four positive headlines that celebrate ranching, beef and the wonderful people in the cattle business. Here are four items worth reading:

1. The Peterson brothers have released new video, “All I Do Is Farm.”

I’m a big fan of Kansas farm boys, the Peterson brothers, who have released another parody video which I think is their best yet. The video tackles everything from feeding cattle, to watching the markets, to no-till farming, to nourishing a growing planet. Watch it here, and let me know what you think.

Plus, oldest brother Greg Peterson explains the lyrics of their video in a blog post, which you can read here. Check it out and be sure to share with others! 


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2. “Steer Sells At Special Auction For $31K” featured in

This is a story about a kid who lost his dad in a farming accident but knew he had to keep living life and doing the things he loved. That included showing his steer at the county fair.

Zander Endress’s dad, Lynden, died on June 20 after being electrocuted on the farm, reports At the county fair livestock auction, Zander and his family were surprised when his steer sold for $31,000 -- a huge number compared to the average of $2,000-$4,500. The community rallied to raise the money, which will go into a trust fund for Lynden’s three children. I can’t imagine losing my father at such a young age, but this is a story of perseverance, love, a passion for agriculture and the support of the agricultural community during tough times. 

3. “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ground Beef” by Meat Counter Mom for Buzz Feed

Janeal Yancey, “Meat Counter Mom” blogger, knows that if you want to talk to consumers about beef, you can’t just preach to the choir. You’ve got to have a presence where consumers are hanging out. Yancey did just that recently with her most recent blog post on a very popular website, Buzz Feed. Here is an excerpt:

Ground beef is one of our favorite cuts of meat in the U.S., but I’ll bet that you have lots of questions about it. The USDA dictates what can and cannot be labeled as ground beef and that information is published in the Code of Federal Regulations. They call those rules ‘standards of identity’ and they apply to labels of ‘chopped beef’ and ‘hamburger’ as well as ground beef. Here are a few things that you may not have known about ground beef.

4. “Timeless Photographs Capture ‘The Simple Life’ Of Colorado Cattle Ranchers” by Gannon Burgett for PetaPixel

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these images by photographer Michael Crouser say a lot about the hard work, dedication and timeless beauty of cattle ranching.

Gannon Burgett writes for PetaPixel, “Timelessness is a quality we all strive for in our images. It’s a quality earned, not given, through the time and effort put into conceptualizing, visualizing and capturing an image. And when it is earned, the results are phenomenal… oftentimes winding back the clock or making time seem almost irrelevant to the image. Such is the case for the work of Michael Crouser, a Minnesota-based photographer who has spent the past eight years documenting cattle ranching families in Colorado.

View the pictures by clicking on the link above and let me know if you agree that Crouser captured the wonderful life of a working cattle ranch.

What do you think about these positive headlines? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below and be sure to pass along this blog to others who might need a pick-me-up. Have a great day!

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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