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Musings From The State Fair

Two weeks of state fairs will get to a person. Scorching temperatures, dust and back-to-back pig and cattle shows have worn me down. I’ve come home with a cough, a pile of laundry, a list a mile long of things to catch up on, and the need for a long nap.

Despite feeling exhausted from the hustle and bustle of the Minnesota and South Dakota State Fairs, my battery is recharged. Attending state fairs and taking in all of the livestock events offers me the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues in the industry who are passionate and dedicated to the beef cattle industry.

I was so pleased to meet many BEEF Daily readers in the barns, and I thank all of you who came and introduced yourselves and visited with me about your favorite blogs.

In addition to meeting new folks, it’s always nice to catch up with old friends and get updates on which sires they are using, which feeds they are utilizing, and the direction they are taking in their breeding programs.

The bleachers were filled with enthusiastic crowds this year, and more exhibitors were showing their stock. It's evident that excitement and passion for the beef industry are alive and well.

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Now that we are into September, start thinking about your best “generations” photographs as we will be launching a new photo contest coming soon. This photo contest will focus on the generations involved in the cattle business. Have a great photo of grandpa, grandma, dad and mom, and the kids interacting in the family ag operation? Send it in for a change to win great prizes, which will be announced soon.

How did you spend the Labor Day weekend? How did you fare in the show ring? Any good stories to share? What gets you fired up about the beef industry? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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