The official start of summer begins tomorrow, and to kick off the beginning of a new season, I thought it would be a good time to have a photo caption contest. The photograph that needs a caption is one of my sister Kaley hugging her “fluffy cow” at the state fair a few years ago.
Two weeks ago, the term “fluffy cows” got a lot of buzz in the media, and the conversation continues. I must say at first I was skeptical; after all, we had just equated a food animal to a teddy bear. But now I see it as an opportunity to invite folks to county and state fairs to learn more about where their beef comes from and who the people are who care for cattle. What better platform is there than seeing a 4-H kid work on his or her market steer? Now that we’ve got the media’s attention, we can talk about things like the nutritional value of beef and the byproducts we get from cattle that enhance our daily lives.
Read my previous blog on this topic: “Is The #FluffyCow Trend Good For The Industry?”
Troy Marshall also opined on these fluffy cows: “Should We Fear Lovable Fluffy Cows?”
On the beefmagazine.com homepage, we ask what you think about the fluffy cow trend. With 140 votes so far, 49% say “it’s a negative for the industry; these are food animals, not pets.” Another 27% say “it’s good for the industry; people are paying attention to beef.” The remaining 24% either say it doesn’t matter or don’t know. You can vote in the poll here, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Regardless of what you think about the fluffy cow trend, summer marks the time of year when kids across the country are spending countless hours grooming, feeding and prepping their 4-H projects for the fair.
To enter this contest, simply provide your best caption or title for this photograph in the comments section below.
Entries will be accepted until noon on June 25. The three best captions will be announced on June 26. Each winner will take home a limited-edition, western art print, each worth $100, courtesy of BEEF magazine. Good luck!
I’ll round out this blog post with a brand new video by YouTube stars and Kansas farm boys, the Peterson brothers. Enjoy!