Every other year, the Madison Valley CattleWomen and the Madison Conservation District sponsor an Ag Day for area second- and third graders. It’s held at the Fan Mountain Arena south of Ennis. Ennis is my hometown. My mom is involved in both sponsoring organizations. Therefore, The Asphalt Cowgirl participates in Ag Day as a station leader. Don’t I look excited?
This year we had nearly 100 kids. They arrived at lunchtime, got to eat a tasty roast beef sandwich for lunch, and then watched a stock dog demonstration. After that, the students split into nine groups and rotated around the stations.
We brought a 3-year-old cow and her calf for the beef cattle station, where I gave nine, 10-minute presentations.
You might think that giving nine, 10-minute presentations would result in a polished, memorized speech by the end of the day. And you’d be wrong. While the basics were always the same, the conversation veered off in random directions for each group, based on the questions the students would ask. Here are some of my favorites:
· What’s her tail made of?
· How do people get fat from eating beef?
· What’s that upside down “2” on his side?
· How does she make the milk?
· So chewing a cud is like throwing up and eating it?
Needless to say, I was on my toes for the entire afternoon. But what a great opportunity to advocate for my industry!
Last week, I attended the second Western Extension Leadership Development seminar in Jackson, WY. You can read about some of our Las Vegas adventures duirng the first WELD seminar here and here. It was a phenomenal meeting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in a future blog post.
I’m in Miles City for nearly two weeks in a row…this weekend is the World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale…life is good!
The Asphalt Cowgirl
“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux