|My daughters listen to speaker at general session of National Cattleman's Beef Association meeting.|
As a rancher, it is my duty to be involved in legislative decisions and industry organizations that decide how I run my ranch, and that directly affect my ability to pass the ranch down to my children. Laws and regulations are being passed that may have unintended consequences or misguided intent. If ranchers like me don't get involved, we may be legislated out of business!
Believe me, it is not easy to leave the ranch for any length of time. The cattle need fed every day, there are always problems that arise, and the weather makes everyday chores difficult. So when I prepared to head to Denver the first of February to attend that National Cattleman's Beef Association convention, I questioned my decision to leave many times.
|My daughters received scholarships at National Convention. Presented by Baxter Black.|
When I returned, you can imagine that the work had piled up...actually the cattle were well cared for, but the house was TRASHED! I know that no one had time to vacuum or mop the floor, let alone wash towels (remember I have a 7-person family so we use a lot of towels), but after six days away, I realized that they do need me!
I do not like to be gone from my ranch, but the events and meetings that I do attend are important to our business. They are not only a chance to be involved in the regulations and laws that affect our ranch, but are also a vital opportunity to connect with people who re-energize me. I am a social being--and the cows don't like much conversation (at least they don't reciprocate when I talk to them), so these events are a chance to connect with people who have the same concerns and joys that I have. We talk about what is going on at our ranch, and share ideas about how to be more efficient or effective.
|I bought Richard Picciotto, Dept. Chief, NYFD, a drink after his presentation about the tragedy of 9/11. He was trapped in the rubble at the World Trade Center.|
I don't make many trips off the ranch, but the ones I do make are important to my future and my children's future. That doesn't mean it is easy, but the work is always waiting for me when I get home!