Monthly Archives: February 2012

Like a Fat Kid in a Candy Store

I feel like a fat kid in a candy store right now. My idol. My hero. Dr. Temple  Grandin is coming to speak in Chico tomorrow. AND I GET TO GO. Dr. Grandin is pretty much the reason why I am here, that this blog is here. Her work changed my life, my Ranch, and my point of view about animal agriculture. Because of her, our cattle have a better life and death. Because of her I have a better understanding of what my animals need to thrive. I’ve been looking forward to this day for YEARS!

I first learned about Dr. Grandin in college. Her books touched me deeply, I even started to get a masters in a field where I could work with people living with Autism. I made every member of my family read her books, I gave her books away as Christmas gifts. We re-designed our corrals based on her teachings. I started “opening my barn doors”, like Dr. Grandin advocated farmers and ranchers to do.

I really hope I get to meet her. I would just die. Meeting Dr. Grandin is in the top 10 on my bucket list.

This opportunity means so much to me. I can’t wait to share with the Beef Jar Readers!!!



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Thank YOU for Your Donation…..

The Beef Jar has the best readers. The response to The Scholarship has been pretty spectacular. It’s only been live for two weeks and my readers have already donated 10% of the $5,000 I need to establish the scholarship. I want to give some recognition to my very first donators!!!!! Oddly enough, I only “know” one of these people in “real life”, the rest I’ve met through social media; facebook, this blog or twitter. It’s heartwarming to see the positive that social media can do. Folks, if you have a few minutes I urge you to learn a little more about these wonderful people who are joining my quest to help the next generation of Farmers and Ranchers!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for donating friends!

Meghan Brown –!/SimpleAsDirt

Ian H Moore –

Andrew Danielsen –!/profile.php?id=595855631

Michael Dulock –

Daniel Taylor –

Chelsea Parisio –!/profile.php?id=100001877191606&sk=info

Carrie Chestnut-Mills –

When you use the button below to donate please make a note that you are donating to the Fletcher Brown Memorial Scholarship in the memo section. I also can accept checks made out to the Butte College Foundation. All donations are tax deductible!

Please, please, please let me know who you are, if you donate. It’s very important to me that people get recognition for helping me with this, I’m a big believer in thank you notes!

Fletcher Brown and his horse Morris

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Wordless Wednesday: Burrowing Owl



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Fun Ag Facts VII

fun ag fact of the day: To prevent leftover cheese from hardening, butter the exposed edges before storing.

fun ag fact of the day: Selection for economically important traits like wool type, has resulted in more than 200 distinct breeds of sheep. Some breeds only have hair, some wool and some both.

fun ag fact of the day: In the US, all beef cattle spend most of their lifetimes grazing grass on pastures. Cattle designated for meat production are switched to high-energy, grain-based diets for about 100 days before slaughter.

fun ag fact of the day: About 16.8% of the food that we eat is imported, according to USDA, up from 11.3% two decades ago.

fun ag fact of the day: 90% of American cow herds have fewer than 100 cows. The average cow herd size in the US is 44.

fun ag fact of the day: A typical banana goes on a 4000-mile adventure before it is eaten.

fun ag fact of the day: The most profitable side of the food business is in processing and marketing, not the farmer’s share. In fact, for every dollar that consumers spend on food, farmers receive just 20 cents.

fun ag fact of the day: Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes. They have no teeth and swallow their food whole. Part of their stomach is used to grind their food up.

Fun ag fact of the day: the average American consumes nearly one half cup of soybeans, in some form, each day.

fun ag fact of the day: US dairy industry reduced its carbon footprint by 41% between 1944 and 2007 (from Dr. Capper, aka Dr. Awesome).

Fun ag fact of the day: one 3 oz serving of lean beef has only one more gram of saturated fat than skinless chicken breast. Go Team Beef!

fun ag fact of the day: Chickens come in a multitude of colors and patterns. But there are seven types of combs on them: rose, strawberry, single, cushion, buttercup, pea and V-shaped.

fun ag fact of the day: A pig can run a 7 minute mile (and I’ll be going to the gym today).

fun ag fact of the day: Riesling grape is a native of Germany where it has been cultivated anywhere from 500 to 2000 years.

fun ag fact of the day: Americans are eating 21 pounds less beef per capita than 1975.

fun ag fact of the day: there are 29 different lean cuts of beef!

fun ag fact of the day: The CA almond industry shipped 213.1 million pounds in November 2011, a 19.2 % increase over November 2010.

fun ag fact of the day: a pig’s squeal can range from 110-115 decibels; a Concorde jet is usually under 112 decibels.

fun ag fact of the day: there is no U.S. government-approved organic seafood.

fun ag fact of the day: Compared to other major agricultural producers around the globe, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the subsidization and tariff scale.


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Wordless Wednesday: The Poison Oak I Got From Last Week’s Wordless Wednesday



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