Don’t Forget the Forgotten Rock Stars

Everyone likes to be recognized. There is something in us that strives for accomplishment. This week I attended a few awards banquets hosted by my college and department. At these banquets, alumna who had done extraordinary things, or donated copious amounts of money, were recognized and applauded. I found myself becoming a touch irritated.

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Please do not misunderstand me, I absolutely love being apart of my university, college of ag. and animal science department family. And I am very grateful for their support and their awesome contributions. But somewhere within the multiple recognitions, I couldn’t help but think of the many farmers and ranchers who work so hard every day, and yet receive little to no acknowledgement.


Beef producers have a record of working never-ending hours and sacrificing social engagements to provide for their cattle. I can remember the many church services, family reunions, school receptions, and dinner dates I had to miss to get calves back in, treat a sick animal or feed mama cows.


They may not have discovered a new strain of unnamed bacteria, or donated millions of dollars to build a new building, but ranchers still devote a whole lot of time, effort, and commitment to providing us with the safe, wholesome, and nutritious beef we love. A simple “thank-you” goes a long way in expressing gratitude.


Moral of the story: those who make the biggest impact do not always receive the biggest recognition. Be thankful for the small things. Look for the people who are the silent servants. Be grateful for the people who may not have the most “important” title, but who contribute to us being able to enjoy the little things. Remember, do not serve for the recognition. Serve to make a positive difference.


God bless, folks!


Kalyn McKibben

Blonde Beef BabeĀ 

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