5 Month Old FFA Show Steer Set on Fire at High School’s Agriculture Barn

This steer was part of the Paso Robles High School FFA show steers. Someone broke into their Agriculture Barn and set this steer on fire. He was found like this 15 hours later when his owner came to feed him.

Photo Credit: ksby.com

I am sitting in my anatomy and physiology lab right now, preparing for my lab practical that I will be taking in precisely 25 minutes. I stopped to give myself a little Facebook break, we all know they are deserving, and I find a good friend posting this story about a five-month-old steer that someone set on fire. 

I had just taken the time to write a letter on this post to the monster who thought that this was something worth doing. Whoever you are, disgusting doesn’t even begin to touch what I feel about you. I then realize, being the psychology major that I am who has an intense interest in studying criminals and sociopaths and psychopaths and serial killers, that it is probably a terrible idea to put so much energy and effort into making his crimes known and detailing them. Serial killers, sociopaths, psychopaths, etc. get a sort of “high” when they realize they are getting attention and “famous” and also a lot more dangerous. I am using these serious labels because normally those are the only people who would do such a monstrous act.  So, that being said, I ask you agriculture and agvocate friends one thing: spread this page around and let us use our intensely amazing powers of networking to help police find out any information that we can about the piece of trash who put a 5 month old calf through Hell.

Again, here is the link for the story:

Local FFA Student’s Steer Set on Fire

Please, please let’s join together to help catch the son of a _______ who did this. On that note, I need to get back to studying so I can graduate and help capture people like this scum of the earth and put them away for the rest of their life.

Thoughts and prayers go to this calf and his struggle back to recovery as well as his owner and family.

Tens of Thousands of Cattle Dead Due to Winter Storm Atlas

Dead carcasses lay along US Highways 212 & 34. Courtesy of Kristina Barker, Rapid City Journal

Dead carcasses lay along US Highways 212 & 34. Courtesy of Kristina Barker, Rapid City Journal

A lot of things have changed since I last posted a year ago. For one, I no longer am at Colorado State University as an Animal Science and Equine Science double major, to my heart’s dismay. I am now at Boise State University and studying Psychology with a minor in Biology so I can go on to acquire my masters and doctorate in Neuropsychology. I still have the pup and love of agriculture though, so don’t you fret. No matter how hard psychology will try, there is no way anyone or anything can take the love of cattle and agriculture and the people who make up it’s wonderful world away from me. I swear I am one of the few and the proud who rock my Tony’s on campus. And I wouldn’t ever think of being ashamed of it.

Anyways…

I return, after a long hiatus, to make a post that is not full of excitement. To be quite frank and direct, I wish I didn’t feel the aching in my heart to post in Rancher’s Daughter because that would mean that I could go back to studying for my anatomy and physiology lab quiz that I have tomorrow about human bones. However, this is something I could not simply ignore.

Enter: Winter Storm Atlas. Mother Nature apparently let her wrath go on Western South Dakota these past few days. And I do not say that in a joking or over exaggerate matter. Reports have been coming to light about a very heavy snowfall that came on in lightning speeds. Literally feet of snow was dumped on the Dakota plains and it is going to take an astronomical toll, emotionally, physically, and financially, on the ranchers that make up it’s population. I first read about Atlas in Rapid City Journal’s piece that was published today (October 8th, 2013). My heart ached and then broke into a million pieces. Ten’s of thousands of cattle are dead because of this storm. Tens of thousands. And, that isn’t even close to a final number yet.

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Photos of Winter Storm Atlas Casualties- WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGES!

All of the below pictures are from Big Balls In Cow Town

These images are graphic and contain images of dead cattle. However, in my opinion, they are important to share as they are the damages that the ranchers of this devastating storm are having to face. See my original post about Winter Storm Atlas for more background.

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Mental Health Aspects to Eating Meat

Admitting I am young in this industry would be the understatement of the year. I have a body that was made for an early-twentysomthin’ gal who wasn’t going to beat it up too badly, whoops. My mind has outrun my body by a long shot, leaving my thoughts to be those of a much wiser and much more traveled soul. I’m not chalked full of wise words to live by, but saying that “nutrition is everything” wouldn’t be too far fetched. Day after day I read a different version of the same discussion that is crucial to us AGvocates. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the different perspectives that both parties bring to the table for expert opinions or research projects. However, there is one voice that seems to stay quiet in this ethics dispute and that is psychology.

The theory that the study of psychology strictly focuses on the unstable and insane, is simply a myth. Psychology is the study of any kind of cognitive choice that your mind makes or that you make with your mind. However, psychology gets a bad rep due to the bad rep that mental disorders get. When was the last time that you met someone and the first thing they said was, “Hi I am Pam, and I have depression.” The rarity of that occurring is extremely unlikely because of the bad reputation that mental disorders have been tagged with. People with mental disorders rarely are ready to tattoo their disorder to their foreheads and put on a superhero costume called “The Hyperactive Hero” that knocks out all those supervillains in a child with ADHD’s life called, well, everything. Individuals affected with a mood disorder more often than not spend huge chunks of time trying to stifle that huge piece of their life.

With all that being said, I ask for your respect during this post because I will be sharing bits and pieces of my own story. This is a huge leap of bravery and you are reading the result of hands that were trembling, so please show the respect that would be expected of you for any of my other posts, and feel free to ask questions, make polite comments, or close the page.

April of 2011 I was diagnosed with moderate-severe bipolar disorder type 2. If you were to ask my opinion on being diagnosed, it would be full of anger and resentment that is tethered back to nowhere. Ask me today what my opinions about bipolar are and you will hear an answer that is full of sincerity and truth, decorated with lessons that truly have been learned. The road that’s led me here has not been easy by any means, my mind doesn’t ever want to wander down the simple paths, so this was only characteristic of my hard-headedness. There are two dark sides to bipolar- mania and depression. However, those are just vague name tags for all of the symptoms that are the true deviants. Depression a much deeper and scarier kind of sadness and loneliness. Feeling worthless, skipping meals due to no appetite, isolating oneself, sleeping too much, feeling fatigued, and loss of self-esteem make up a recipe for depression that is nastier than a week old dead possum in southern Texas over Labor Day. I find the mania much harder on my body seeing as it’s ingredients consist of reckless behavior and poor judgement, little need for sleep (hmm… wonder why this is getting done at 8:30 am), increased energy that can push you to work out harder and in turn get hurt, skipping meals, taking too much on, talking too much or too fast, and going on spending sprees all make up for a pretty exhausting sentence, let alone a life.

Those things carry negative qualities, this is true, but without them I would never have been able to reach the full potential of my creativity, gained the ability to see emotion in almost everything I see, and my true desire to give back and sheer instinct to know that my life could be worse. For example, I have never had to face the awful reality of nutrient deficiency (more information can be found here). For my entirety, I have been blessed to have red meat on hand daily. That streamlined my brain in the right direction and I started researching meat’s impact on mood disorders. The results were interesting to say the least, but I also felt my own trial and errors would add a new perspective as well.

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The Contributions of a Cow

The usual assumption of cows can range from meat to milk to leather, and normally not too far past that. It can be easy to overlook the minuscule things cattle can provide us with, that result in a much more respectful way to utilize the animal and not be wasteful. From a cultural perspective, I can understand the confusion in regards to what is meant by “minuscule things”. Explaining the uses can provide insight and further enlighten those who are curious.

Beef, muscle from cattle, is what steaks, pot roasts, ribs, etc. is what most of the cow is used for, however there are so many other things that can be taken from a cow. Milk is another product that can be made good use of. Believe it or not, those are only two of things that cows can provide to society. The products that beef cattle produce, aside from beef, are called by-products. By-products have been carefully evaluated and researched to find their perfect uses so wasting helpful resources can be a thing of the past.

With all that being said, cows mean a lot more to society than they get credit for. Here is an image that shows just some of the contributions they are provide. So here’s to you bovines, here’s to you.

Here is a link to another post that goes into detail about all the other things cattle provide!
Wow That Cow!   Written by Feed Yard Foodie

-Shelby