S.E.F.A — A Cowgirl’s HACCP Plan…

My 13 year old blonde cowgirl grew up at a cattle feed yard. She learned about cattle, Beef Quality Assurance and HACCP practices as she learned how to walk and talk — internalizing them during her formative years.  Megan lives life with an interesting blend of faith, quiet confidence, determination, and a never ending smile.  Her adventurous spirit blended with the practical skills learned on the farm create a unique package.

Although this picture is several years old, the look on her face as she lopes her beloved horse says it all...

Although this picture is several years old, the look on her face as she lopes her beloved horse says it all…

Some might say that Megan is a bit of a “wild woman”, but the truth is that underneath her outwardly exuberant personality is a calm problem solver.  She holds steadfast under pressure and always has a plan.  I attribute a lot of that ability to the hours that we spend together at the feed yard.  During those times, I expect her to focus, be tough, and make good decisions — constantly adjusting to the situation in order to ensure the best possible outcome.  This skill carries over into other facets of her life.


Sometime in the middle of track season this spring, I heard Megan refer to her S.E.F.A. kit.  I was focused on something else at the time so I did not ask her about it.  A few weeks later, I found a black cosmetic bag with bright pink duck tape on the front.  It was filled with first aid tools: neosporin, band aids, vasoline, q-tips, anti-itch cream, chap stick, and ibuporfen.

Printed on the pink duct tape was the acronym:

S: Super

E: Extreme

F: Freak

A: Accident Kit…


I have to admit that I laughed when I first saw the S.E.F.A kit.  It was just so Megan: Confident enough to always engage, but smart enough to be prepared for any outcome.  Megan knows that there are no guarantees in life.  She lives on a farm where life is sometimes very harsh and even the best plan can go awry.

I have taught her to accept that behind every adversity is the opportunity for improvement. To face life head on: confident enough to expect the best, but realistic enough to be prepared for the worst.

When I finally asked my favorite blonde cowgirl about her S.E.F.A kit, she smiled and said:

“Mom, it’s my HACCP plan”.


Filed under Animal Welfare, Family, General

4 responses to “S.E.F.A — A Cowgirl’s HACCP Plan…

  1. Heather

    You present a great example of why I love living the way we do, raising animals and teaching our young ones how to handle the stresses of life. Thank you for the laugh and the inspiration.

    • Glad that you enjoyed it, Heather. Things like this are a good reminder of why we do what we do 🙂

      Thanks for the note — I appreciate it.


  2. Bobbi

    I may need to borrow her kit. We are working on developing a HACCP plan for our “animal food production facility” thanks to new federal laws put in place. The band aids and pain meds would come in handy!!

    • Oh boy. My husband has done this recently as well for his Alfalfa Dehy Plant. Good luck.

      Lots of red tape and unfortunately little positive, practical results created from a huge amount of work. That seems to be the current theme of federal regulations — it is incredibly frustrating.

      I feel your pain.

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