18 Years of Life At a Feed Yard — 4 Years of Blogging…


Matt and I, on stage for the Trailblazer Award, last week in San Antonio at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention.


As a result of the 2014 Trailblazer Award, Beef Magazine asked that I write an article reflecting on important issues for cattle farmers.  This was a great opportunity for me to share thoughts relative to 18 years of working in a feed yard and 4 years of blogging.  The target audience was cattle farmers, but I wanted to share the piece here as well.

In the article, I share lessons personally learned from both my cattle and my beef customers.  You can view it by clicking here.

**On the home front, we are celebrating being free of the flu as well as the crutches that plagued our house for a couple of weeks.

  • My favorite teenager’s 9th and 10th basketball team finished their season with an 8-1 record, and a final game Friday night will end her Junior Varsity season as well.  She is gearing up for the high school musical performance that is a few weeks away, and looking forward to the start of track.  Last but certainly not least, she brought home the 3rd place award for the Nebraska Voice of Democracy Oral Essay contest last week in Lincoln.
  • My favorite blonde cowgirl will have her first competitive gymnastics performance of the year this weekend in Lincoln.  Having mostly healed from her first career pole vaulting accident, she is also gearing up for the start of track.  I am very glad to have her back as a contributing member of the chore brigade and once again helpful on the farm!
  • My favorite 10 year old is rocking the volleyball court with a second place tournament finish last weekend.  I never thought that I would have a child play middle blocker on the volleyball court, but she stands several inches taller than any other teammate so seems well placed!


 I hope that your week is full of joy!


Filed under Family, Feed Yard Foodie "In The News", General

5 responses to “18 Years of Life At a Feed Yard — 4 Years of Blogging…

  1. Great article! Congratulations on the award!

  2. Congrats on the Trailblazer Award… that is a tough award to get, but out of everyone I know in the cattle industry you defiantly deserve it. You are a trailblazer not only for the cattle industry but also for women in the beef industry. I am very proud of you. You work so hard and are such a role model. I am glad Matt got to go with you.

    I am happy for your girls, it seems they are all doing well and tell my volleyball counterpart congrats on her 2nd place finish that is awesome 🙂
    Hope you all have a blessed and love filled Valentines Day! 🙂


    • Thank you, Kim! The award is truly an honor — and not one that I ever anticipated receiving. It has been a really neat deal. I asked Matt to travel with me to Texas as I really do not enjoy going alone. Since Saturday was my 40th birthday, I had a little extra bargaining power when I asked him to go 🙂 My in laws kept the girls, and likely were exhausted when we got home but all went well.

      Karyn is enjoying volleyball. They have one more tournament this winter before the club league is over — then she heads to track. She and I continue to swim a couple of times a week to keep her lungs strong, and I really enjoy that time with her as well.

      I hope that all is well back East. I am ready for spring 🙂

      Take care,

  3. Ann Smith

    (A belated) Congratulations! And Happy Birthday what a great way to turn a year older!

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