Happy Birthday, America! Today she turns 237 years old, not bad considering all she’s gone through. Just don’t ask me to light the candles on the cake! That sounds like a trip to the ER waiting to happen. Still though, I’m proud to be an American and to have such a great big beautiful country where men and women pursue, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
237 years….that sure has made a change in life has it not? Used to be, men and women spent all their time working in agriculture to feed themselves. But, as technology developed, then agriculture began to provide more with less…..well, that’s when the world took off. Once people didn’t have to toil and strife for their food, they began pursuing other interests (Hello Facebook). Thanks be to the growth of the grocery store and the corner stop!
Fast forward to today and you find that we feed so many more with so fewer inputs (you know things like: land, water, grass, crops, and beef), than I believe even our forefathers would have ever imagined. Today, our practices are more efficient, and we strive to use good stewardship. Beef production in the U.S is almost doubled yet acreage needed for corn and roughage for cattle grains has been reduced. As my 8th grade U.S. History teacher Mr. Bell always quoted, “those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it.” We’ve learned that taking care of the land and our animals ensures that they take care of us. Just one of the many miracles of nature.
The Hereford Breed of cattle is one of those miracles of nature. Known as “the efficiency experts,” Hereford cattle have been helping to feed America and the world since the late 1800’s. The breed dates back to 1700’s of Herefordshire, England where the farmers noticed that these white-faced cattle made some pretty spectacular beef. Jump forward to the importing of Anxiety 4, one of the founding bulls here in America, and you can see why Herefords have earned their keep by providing quality, naturally tender, nutritious, flavorful beef.
The American Hereford Association has been around since 1881, helping promote the excellent quality of their cattle through immaculate record keeping of breed lineage and production statistics. Thus establishing in 1995, Certified Hereford Beef to provide consumers with the best tasting, tenderest beef, at an affordable price.
This blog, “Eye of the White Face” is here to tell that story of Certified Hereford Beef; we aim to show consumers and producers the abundantly great attributes of Hereford Beef through education and awareness, mixed in with a little bit of fun. Because- what’s the use of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if you can’t have a little fun!
So in pursuit of your “happiness” this Fourth of July, hopefully that means bbqing up some great tasting Hereford Beef. (Which reminds me, was it my brother’s turn to buy the burgers this year?) Keep in mind that our 4th of July, couldn’t be possible without the sacrifices of a few before us. Be thankful for the U.S. soldier that stands on a line and says evil will not pass. Be thankful for the Hereford rancher who delivers an excellent, nutritious, flavorful product that we enjoy. And most of all be thankful that we live in a country where we can all pursue our rights to life, liberty, and happiness! Happy Birthday, America!
Happy 4th of July,
Anxiety 4 is the founding bull of the Hereford Breed. Tweet what you would name a bull and #redwhiteandbeef