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The 1st grade approach

Show and tell with the 21st Century Beef Club

Remember when you were six? Being chosen for “show and tell” was a big deal. My elementary-age kids have brought their class everything from Indian beads dug on the family ranch to a misshapen egg their chicken laid. A newborn baby sister has even made a school appearance once or twice. As they selected items, […]

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From the beginning

My mom does this thing with movies that I’ve just never understood. She’ll scroll through the channels, find a film and invest in it – even if it’s halfway over. “Mom! We have no idea what happened in the beginning,” I’ll say with a smile and a tinge of frustration. In reality, it matters none. […]

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The Kansas coincidence

The basics of quality beef production know no borders

Driving from Kansas to Ohio, farmland stretches out to the north and south of Interstate 70. Rolling hills that remind me of home soon begin to climb higher, and trees grow thicker alongside streams. “And people say this isn’t scenic?” I say aloud behind the wheel of my neatly-packed Nissan headed east last week. It […]

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Living their story

The Bledsoes rely on consistent suppliers to raise consistent cattle

Meet Lucile: She’s 96 and flies a Beechcraft. Then there’s her son Bob, who started digging up dinosaur bones on their ranch as a relaxing hobby. Bob’s son Grant fly fishes in Alaska. When I visited the Bledsoe family near Wray, Colorado, last week, it was a bit like reading a page-turner. With each question, […]

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Keeping after it

“You’re a great mom!” When people say that, I hope it’s true. But sometimes the remark comes as I’ve just luckily (somehow) managed to get through church with relatively quiet, happy children for an entire service. Sometimes strangers say that when we’re at a restaurant. They’re impressed we have six little people at the table, […]

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