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Caption This Photo To Win A Copy Of “Cowboy Wisdom”

beef records are vital to management success

Spring is a busy time of year for cattlemen. What with calving, planting, and getting ready to move pairs to summer pastures, there’s a lot on our minds and always a full day’s job to do. One of the most important things a rancher does this time of year is check his newborn calves and watch for any signs of coccidiosis, scours, pneumonia or anything else that might slow those babies down.

So, we make our lists and check them twice. Our calf records hold a wide range of information, such as birthdate and birthweight, sire and dam, calving difficulty score, color, polled or horned, etc. We also track if a calf has had treatment and how often. These little details add up in the big scheme of things, and I’m certain most ranchers maintain some kind of records, whether it’s in a spare notebook or on an expensive computer program.

Either way, this photo, taken by Lauren Chase, Montanta Stockgrower’s Association’s communications director, captures the spirit of the cowboy and his never-ending checks over his stock. The photo was taken near McMinnville, TN, and I’m sure hoping and praying we start to green up around here like it is down there!

The caption contest will run from today until noon on April 26. We will select three best captions to win a copy of “Cowboy Wisdom -- What The World Can Learn From The Wit And Wisdom Of The West,” by David Stevenson, with photography by David Stoecklein. To enter, simply leave your best caption idea in the comments section below.

As a side note, only registered readers can comment; we unfortunately can’t award prizes to “Anonymous.” Registering is easy. Just click here to sign up.

I can’t wait to read your captions. Good luck to all participants!


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