"Butch Cassidy was one of the most wanted outlaws in North America in the early 20th century, leading legendary gangs like the Wild Bunch and the Train Robbers Syndicate. Hounded by the law, he fled to South America with his friend the Sundance Kid. Both were supposedly killed in a shootout with the Bolivian army in San Vicente, Bolivia, in 1908. Recently, investigators analyzed remains found at the location where witnesses had claimed they were buried. They were not there."
And so the adventure of the movie, "Blackthorn," begins. This Western, starring Sam Shepard in the lead role as Cassidy, premiers Oct. 7 in theaters, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to screen the film before its release. My family and I really enjoyed the movie, as Butch Cassidy, also known as James Blackthorn in South America, runs from the law, chases dreams, recalls days gone by and fights for his life and his gold. A Western in every sense of the word, the spirit of the cowboy, here in the U.S. and abroad, is well-represented in this story that has it all -- cattle ranching, outlaws, romance and adventure. I encourage you all to check out this film, coming out this Friday!
To celebrate the premier of this movie, we are giving away two Western art prints to lucky readers who answer the following questions: "How is today's beef industry similar and different to cattle ranching 100 years ago?"
I always tell folks that today's beef industry looks a lot like it did 100 years ago. Cattle still spend much of their lives grazing on pastures. Cowboys still utilize horses to round up the herd. And, beef is still America's favorite protein. We are a long way from being vertically integrated, and the spirit of the American cowboy is still deeply invested in a few key traditions: family, the cattle and the land. To me, there's nothing better than being a beef producer, and I'm proud to be in an industry that has deep roots in history and a long-standing reputation for doing what's right.
Answer the question and be entered to win an art print. Winners will be announced tomorrow! Good luck, and thanks for participating!