Updates from Beef Extension Intern Chelsea Freeman

Out of the Office (From the week of March 11)

Wednesday of last week, I went to Raymond, MS with Allie Vidak, another Beef extension intern. We prepared the facility at Hinds Community College for the BCIA dinner on Wednesday night and the bull sale which was on Thursday night. I hung bull pen signs and help set up the dinner tables and the food line. We served a brisket dinner to the BCIA members and sat in on their meeting. It was neat to see how many producers that are striving to improve the herds across Mississippi! Thursday was a busy, busy day as we registered buyers for the sale and then assisted with book keeping once the sale began. I sat up in the auction block with Dr. Parish and recorded buyer and lot numbers and prices. It was a great experience and I hope to be involved with the Mississippi BCIA in the years to come!

Busy, Busy, Busy Beef Interns (From the week of March 19)

The week of spring break was busy busy busy for the beef extension interns! We started off with the MythBusters workshop on Tuesday which addressed beef cattle myths and truths on topics such as genetics, reproduction, marketing, and environmental impacts. For example, did you know that it takes only 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of boneless beef compared to 713 gallons of water to produce 1 cotton t-shirt?? Contrary to popular perception, the beef industry is trying to make a difference to better our planet and make it last! Then, AI school was Thursday through Saturday. I had been looking forward to this event and it was a huge success! Over 40 participants from all over the southeast came to MSU. Unlike past years, there was a much younger crowd seeking to learn the artificial insemination technique! Young producers engaging in these events are so vital as they determine the productivity and longevity of the beef cattle industry!

Beef education and promotion (From the week of April 2)

This week, we are preparing for another beef education event call Beef Cattle Boot Camp. It will be April 4th at MSU’s South Farm and April 11th in Raymond, MS. Stay posted for pictures and an update on how these events went! Towards the end of the week, I has the opportunity to travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma with the Collegiate CattleWomen to an ANCW regional meeting. There we toured the Meat Lab at Oklahoma State University as well as their veterinary school. At the meat laboratory, we learned about the new cut of beef called the Vegas Strip Steak which comes from the top side of the scapula. We also were about to sit in on ANCW meetings which focused on how they as an organization will be promoting the beef industry! It was a great experience which fueled my fire even more to become an advocate for the beef industry!

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