Thursday, August 25, 2016

What You Should Know About Imported Beef

What You Should Know About Imported Beef

Hello Readers,

There is a debate going on right now. Do you know what I am talking about? 
NO! Not Hillary or Trump debate. (By the way, can we vote yet? :)

The debate that I am talking about today, is about BEEF.

Yep, you see it in the news. You see it on social media. 
You hear about it on the radio. You hear it on the television.
I heard it today when I was in town. 

Is imported beef as safe as U.S. beef? Is it also antibiotic-free? And just how can we be so sure?

I did some research. (Thanks for the help Terryn and Brandi)
This is what you should know.
All beef (domestic or imported) are inspected by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). This is to ensure ALL products are safe, wholesome and have accurately been labeled.
To be imported into the United States, all beef products must come ONLY from certified countries – no exceptions. USDA

All countries and establishments have to become eligible to export. FSIS

All imported products must meet USDA labeling requirements. After those labels are filed with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and have met all the requirements of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), all beef products must be inspected by FSIS at an official import establishment

When beef arrives at the ports, it must be inspected by a FSIS import inspector before it is allowed into our country. The inspector gives it a look at the appearance and condition. The beef is checked for certification and label compliance and inspected by the Automated Import Information System (AIIS). The AIIS assigns other types of inspections including product testing, microbial and chemical analysis.
Yes. To export to the U.S., the country that the beef is coming from must have a residue control program in place with standards equal to that of the U.S. These programs must sample random animals at slaughter, use only approved sampling and analytical methods, test appropriate tissues for specific compounds, and test for compounds identified by the USDA or the country of origin. 
It doesn't matter if the beef you eat comes from a local farmer or rancher, the neighborhood grocery store, a chain food store, or from across the seas, you can be sure of this - it is a safe, wholesome and nutritious choice for your family’s table.  

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Mom Thoughts

Mom Thoughts

Reata and Ryder will be starting Kindergarten.
Time really does go by fast.

With summer winding down, I have the back-to-school jitters. 
Or maybe I should call them "Mom Thoughts”- you know those thoughts that bring tears down your face. 

The thoughts that you will never forget.

The thoughts about how fast kids really grow up. 

Over the course of this summer, I have been thinking about this new school year and what advice and/or rules that I would tell the kids when our school days start. The kids have been counting the days of summer that we have left. I, on the other hand, can barely talk about it without this large lump forming in my throat, which brings me into my list of thoughts…

*Don't forget to Pray. God is with you every day, even in school.

*Every day surround yourself with friends that lift you up. And if you find that your friends aren't lifting you up, quickly leave.

*Don't judge. Show Love. 

*Be a gentleman, or a lady. ALWAYS

*Chose your girlfriends/boyfriend wisely. 

*Never lie. EVER. 

*We are your parents, we have been in school, and you still have to obey us. 
We know more just because we are older and have been there and done that.

*Don't ever be afraid to say NO. I would rather you say NO and be the “uncool kids” 
than have you hurt, or worse have to bury you.  

*If you fall, get up and try again. If you have to sit the bench, give a little more than you did the week before. 
If your friend falls, help him/her up and encourage them to keep going. 

*Think before you speak. 

*Selfies are for your face ONLY.

*Be humble.

*Be helpful. 

*If it's not godly, don't do it.

*Every single day is a new day and a new start. Make them the best that you can.

*Remember this - you may not always get what you wish for, but you always get what you work for. 

*Don't ever forget that your mom and dad love you and are proud of you each and every day. 

Here's to all to have a good school year.

I would like to hear from you, do you have a thought that we can add to mine?
Has school started for your kids?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Open Letter to Ranch Bronc Riders

Dear Ranch Bronc Riders,

Dear Ranch Bronc Riders~ You are awesome!! 

Thank you for having the desire to climb on ranch broncs in front of a crowd week in and week out. Like so many others - I LOVE RANCH BRONC RIDING. 

You see, the world of rodeo is looking at YOU and YOU are changing the rodeo scene. 

You are breathing new life into the west. I mean, ranch bronc riding isn't a new event. Cowboys and cowgirls have been riding ranch broncs long before any of us were around. But now, you are in the arena spotlight. 
And, I think that is awesome. 

But with this spotlight comes a few responsibilities. I mean, did you really think I was going to stop there? No, of course not. But hear me out because while the world is watching, including my sons, you need to remember a few things:

The west was won on hand shakes and words. So if you enter a rodeo you better be there. If for some reason you cannot make it, make sure to call the producer and let them know. 

Be a good example. Yep, I know that's what your mom said, but I'm here to tell you the same thing. There are people watching your every action. So please tip your hat. Use ma'am and sir. Open doors for the ladies. Watch your mouth. Respect your elders because the next generation is watching. And you know what - we need the next generation of kids to want to ride ranch broncs.

Be kind to the judges. I know. I've been on the floor of the arena adding your scores up to show the announcer, and I don't always agree with their scoring either. But guess what - life isn't always fair. Scores are one person’s opinion for that 8 seconds. If you don't like the score, be understanding, use it as motivation for next time, and move on. Really - try it. P.S. Make sure you thank the judges.

Be on time. That is it.

Be respectful. Show respect to those around you - the bronc, the stock contractor, the other contestants, and everyone.

Be humble. We can all work on this.

Be tough, but play fair. 

So as I finish this letter, I want to leave you with this:
As you live the Cowboy way, please remember that you may not get the draw that you want or the score you deserve, but you are a HERO in someone’s eyes. While the world is changing around us, you help reassure all of us that COWBOYS/COWGIRLS still exist. 

Your favorite fan.

I want you all to know that this open letter is not only for those that currently ride ranch broncs, but also for those that have a desire to ride ranch broncs.