Although I don't have a lot of time to relax and curl up with a good book, due to homework, chores and keeping up with this blog, I have found myself unable to put down Walt Barnhart's book, Kenny's Shoes. Barnhart gifted me his newly published book at the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, and it is, without a doubt, a page-turner.
The book relives the colorful life of Kenneth W. Monfort, a cattle feeder, meat processor, politician, businessman and friend to all who knew him. The book explains Kenny's life, how Monfort of Colorado was first started, and how this family changed the beef and lamb industries for the future. Barnhart was able to capture Kenny's insights into beef production for the upcoming generations, and his predictions are scarily accurate. If you work in this industry, Kenny's Shoes is definitely a must-read. From page one, you will learn more about the beef industry than you ever imagined. I sincerely recommend it.
Barnhart, who worked for Monfort of Colorado from 1974-1980, currently is a freelance writer and communications consultant who has worked extensively in the meat and livestock industries. He offers a unique perspective of Kenny Monfort's life, and his book is the result of hard work, research and a passion for the industry.
And, Walt? If you're reading this...thanks for the signed copy. I didn't notice the inscription until I got on the plane. You are a true gem in this industry! Thanks for the great read!