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 Babe 

The Story Behind Little Joey


There is something incredibly fulfilling about taking care of animals. What a humbling opportunity it is to pour out compassion in order to selflessly put another’s comfort above your own.



Sometimes baby calves require a little help to get off on the right foot. Because of extreme weather conditions, unique maternal circumstances, or birthing difficulties, sometimes babies require additional support from ranchers in order to thrive.


So this is how we saved Joey:


Joey was born a month early. When we found him, he was about 15 hours old. He hadn’t had anything to drink and he hadn’t had the energy take his first steps. His body was laying flat with the sun beating down on his red and white hair coat.

His mama hadn’t proved to be very motherly as she left him as soon as he was born. Good mama cows are usually very protective of their babies, often making sure they are cleaned off and encouraged to stand up and eat. Joey’s mama didn’t seem to take care of him.

So, first we fed him colostrum, which is milk high in antibodies and rich in immunoglobulins important to the calf’s future health and well-being.

After feeding Joey, we made sure he was comfy in his new home in the barn. The first night, Joey had a tough time. He wanted to nurse and stand on his own, but he just couldn’t muster the strength to do so. To offset his nutrient needs, the little guy was given more medicine, rich in the protein he needed to rev up his system.

The next day, we were a little nervous because we didn’t know if he would make it through the night. To our joy, Joey was alert and active the next morning and ready for breakfast.

Joey turned out to be quite the glutton when feeding time rolled around!




Moral of the story: If it had not been for the love and expertise of a rancher, Little Joey would not have survived. Producers care for their animals. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure a healthy, comfortable life for them. 

God bless, folks!


Kalyn McKibben

Blonde Beef Babe