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dsc_0348a_1.jpg Have you checked out the latest comments being exchanged on the BEEF Daily Blog lately? In the last two weeks, I've jumped into some hot topics including: politics, HSUS, PETA, global warming, the federal deficit and winter calving. These topics have stirred up some interesting conversations on the blog, and if you haven't checked out the recent dialogue, I encourage you to do so and feel free to join in!

Starting this weekend, I will be on the road again. My first stop will be Brookings, S.D. for the Pfizer beef customer appreciation meeting, where I will be offering quick tips and tricks for producers to start sharing their story with consumers. Next, I will be flying down to San Antonio, TX for the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show. While there, I will be speaking at the Masters of Beef Advocacy commencement ceremony, as well as training the National Beef Ambassadors how to blog and visiting with folks in the BEEF booth at the trade show.

At the end of the week, I will be headed to Minot, N.D. to speak at the North Dakota Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference before heading back to South Dakota. Of course, a person can't be two places at once, and while I'm gone, my parents will be selling two bulls at the 2010 Sioux Empire Farm Show. With a long week of traveling planned, I will be anxious to get home and get back to work on the farm. Our first wave of heifers will begin calving next week, and I'm sure Dad will want to get me signed up for nightshift checks.

Just thought I would give a quick recap of where I'm headed in the next couple of weeks. As always, I will share my adventures on the road, and I hope to hear about yours, as well. I hope to meet many of you during my upcoming trip. Will any of you be in Brookings, San Antonio or Minot? If so, be sure to look me up and introduce yourself! See you on the road!

BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Antibiotics may be given to prevent or treat disease in cattle. A "withdrawal" period is required from the time antibiotics are administered until it is legal to slaughter the animal. This is so residues can exit the animal's system. (Source: Beef Facts, Safety and Cooking)