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.

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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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New Addition: Thoughtful Thursdays

Announcing a new addition to The Rancher’s Daughter: Thoughtful Thursdays! Basically I have taken my love (obsession) with psychology and intermeshed it with my love (obsession) for agriculture. Since I decided that moving back to Boise was the best idea for me at the time, I have had this intense feeling of loss because Boise State doesn’t have an agriculture program. So, naturally I went with my other natural instinct: psychology. But, living a life were one is non-existent makes me sick to my stomach, I am set to figure out a way to have the best of both worlds. It then occurred to me that I have an incredible gift that can channel and explain things about agriculture and our perceptions of them, as well as the opposing side’s own viewpoints. So, I hereby declare every Thursday (okay, not EVERY Thursday, but most) Thoughtful Thursday in which we will dive into the depths of the agriculture brain and try and play connect the dots. There is a good chance that I am the only one fascinated by this idea, but it’ll be here and you can take what you want and leave the rest.

 

Shelby

Dear Pork Producer…

This is a letter that I wish we could send to everyone who owns even just one pig. Keep in mind this is from the eyes of an animal science student that has spent her entire life in the beef and crops industry. With that being said, feel free to pass this around and maybe it will get back to some major pork producers and remind them of the support they really have. Thanks.

“Dear _________,

As a pork producer, there is one thing that you and the rest of the world can relate to: bacon. All jokes aside, a serious matter has come forward and hit the agriculture industry like a wave hitting a rocky cliff: hard. The war that animal rights activists have waged against us has taken a toll and slowly but surely we see our friends collapsing to the overwhelming bullying act they haunt you with. Continue reading

Protect the Harvest & Their Plan to Protect You

Animal agriculture has been around since the dawn of time and man has made great use by specializing and with advancements in technology to gain the ability to generously feed others. However, animal agriculture is under attack by groups that want to see an “abolition” to the industry. Erik Helland, a Representative in Iowa’s House of Representatives, wanted to make it known that that simply cannot happen last Monday night on RFD-TV, Rural America’s Most Important Network, by discussing a group called Protect the Harvest. Protect the Harvest is a group of individuals that have made it their mission to put a spread the truth about agriculture one farmer or rancher at a time. They are getting these truths out using social media, face-to-face interactions, TV appearances, and radio appearances because they know how critical it is to set the record straight. Although the individuals behind this organization were smart enough to know that just talking to consumers won’t be enough to truly put an end to this battle between the animal agriculture industry and the animal rights advocates.

The main point that should be taken from the interview is this: animal agriculture is under attack and here’s what we can do to stop it. The Humane Society of the United States, HSUS, is an organization known for its commercials that show pet shelters and a celebrity holding an animal and they ask you for donations. They have what is known as a “hidden agenda” and know how to use it, in other words, they have a plan that is not the one they advertise and then do anything possible to achieve the underlying goals with the help of money from those who may have just been misinformed. Erik says that creating an awareness of this hidden agenda could make all the difference in the world. That hidden agenda is then used to scare and intimidate others into doing as HSUS pleases. Visit Protect the Harvest’s website for more information.

Overall, Erik did a fantastic job of explaining how to utilize what resources are available in this fight, and the most important one is also the simplest: be honest with your consumer and let them ask the questions. I recently did a post about that very topic and it can be found here. Protect the Harvest not only provides information on the deception of animal rights groups, but it also provides a sense of community that you can find common ground with someone who might have a completely different story then yours. Make sure to check out their YouTube page for videos like this one:

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Confused About Agriculture?

What do you want to know about agriculture? Are you confused about anything regarding the industry? Want to know more about where your food really comes from? Curious about the dietary values and the effects, if any, of the methods practiced today? I WANT TO ANSWER THEM!

There can be many areas in agriculture that might be misunderstood or simply, just not known. I want to help those who have questions by providing them with an answer that can satisfy the curiosity. I want to personally make it my responsibility to give a fair, honest, and intellectual answer with a tone that is not defensive and that ultimetly isn’t looking for a fight. I also would love to get opinions so that I can aim my focus with those in mind.

So, shoot me an email at: shelby.bodine@yahoo.com or leave a comment or message me on WordPress. Somehow, get them to me! Just don’t keep them bottled inside! Let them out and let me answer em!

Thanks!

Shelby