Burkholder’s main goal is to share her story and to put a face on the beef that she produces. A big component of that is going to be explaining to the consumer the technology that she uses and why. “I believe that modern technology is misunderstood and as a result is feared and/or viewed pejoratively by many consumers,” she explains. “My goal is to provide good, practical information about what it takes to care for cattle that will be harvested to feed to my family and yours. Technology plays a large role in that. But, I also want to emphasize that it is people who care for cattle.
"I care deeply about what I do every day. I care about my animals, I care about the environment, and I care about the beef that my animals produce. I believe that it is an honorable vocation to care for animals that will be harvested to provide a high quality and safe human protein source.” Burkholder will be blogging a about animal care, animal psychology, and Beef Quality Assurance, and will also touch on the many issues that she faces each day managing a feedyard.
Lastly, Burkholder wants to share a piece of the journey that she has made over the last 15 years -- a journey from a well-educated urban woman to a rural-minded and savvy animal caregiver. “It has been an incredible ride!”
I encourage all veterinarians and producers to check out Burkholder’s blog and forward this link (http://feedyardfoodie.com) to colleagues, friends, relatives and even strangers who need to learn about the beef cattle industry from someone who lives it everyday.