The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) program provides the basis for good animal care and beef quality at my feed yard. It is the core of the Beef Quality Assurance Program, and originates from NASA’s protocol for ensuring food safety for their astronauts while on space missions.
HACCP plans are incredibly thorough and their development instills a mind-frame of critical thinking and challenge prevention.
A thorough understanding of HACCP changes the way that you look at the world. So much so, that when this cattle feed yard “boss lady” leaves the farm she takes it with her…
As I skied with my family last week, I developed a variety of HACCP plans for skiing safety. My list of protocols became rather long. The discussion of them brought my family many laughs and earned me a variety of eye rolls as we rode the ski lifts together.
For every detailed protocol that I defined, my husband and girls came up with a juxtaposing humorous one.
My personal favorite was my beloved farmer’s plan for skiing down the slopes…
Point your skies straight downhill— Ski really, really fast.
When someone or something gets in your way, TURN!
I feel the need to mention that my beloved farmer skied outside of the marked terrain, crashed into a SLOW skiing sign, and broke one of his skiing poles during the trip. Obviously his plan was not particularly effective…
I also feel the need to mention that I had NONE of these mishaps as I conquered the blue slopes on Steamboat’s beautiful mountains. Obviously my way of thinking set me up for success!
Perhaps all of you are lucky that I am the “boss lady” at our family’s feed yard, not my beloved farmer. The conscientious and thorough member of the family might just be the best one to care for our animals and raise your beef.
Although it is probably a good thing that he is around to keep me young at heart 🙂