Isn’t it fascinating how small the beef business is? 800,000 cattle ranchers in our country, and I guarantee every time you meet someone in this business, they are likely to know someone who knows you.
I just happened to be home in Wyoming this week on an extended holiday when the folks in St. Joe (home of the American Angus Association) announced the winners of the fourth quarter of the AngusSource Carcass Contest. The winner happened to also call Wyoming home. Now, Wyoming’s a large state, so it was even more ironic that the Vaughn family happened to live just an hour and a half down the windy road from where I grew up. To add a kicker, Dean and Ruth Vaughn happen to live just a mile down the road from the childhood home of the girlfriend whose wedding I am to be in this weekend.
You should know that I love nothing more than my home states (claiming both Wyoming and Nebraska), so I jumped at the chance to give up some vacation time to meet with the Vaughns and take pictures of cattle in our beautiful frozen landscape.
It was a happy surprise for me to get the chance to drive up I-25 and spend the afternoon chatting with these carcass contest winners. But it was an even happier surprise for them when they found out they had won that quarter with a pen of calves they fed at Beller Feedlot near Lindsay, Neb., this winter. An outstanding 66% of their calves graded USDA Prime or met CAB carcass specs.