Farewell to 193

By Sue Schulte
KCGA/KGSPA Communications Director

If you haven’t heard, 193 is leaving the Pleasant Valley Ranch. If you follow Sharon Springs producer Mark Smith’s Pleasant Valley Ranch Facebook page, this will mean something to you. Mark has a camera, and he knows how to use it. He also has a heart. Mark has been posting pictures of 193, which is a nice looking heifer that was born on the ranch in February of 2010 and has been growing up on the ranch. Today, Mark posted a farewell picture of 193 with the following message:

“It is time to say goodbye to you and all my friends. I now weigh 731 lbs. and it is time to leave this place and move on to be finished to market weight somewhere else! Thanks for being a part of my life and watching me grow up. This is 193 and I’m saying goodbye to Pleasant Valley Ranch, take over Angelo!”

Angelo is #247. He was nicknamed Angelo because of the angel wing markings on his face. Angelo was born in a corn stalk field during the Thanksgiving 2010 and was chosen by some of Mark’s Facebook followers as the calf to follow this year.

Now, this isn’t necessarily an advertisement for Mark’s Facebook page, although it certainly is worthy. The Pleasant Valley Ranch Facebook page simply does a great job showing ranch life in west central Kansas and also Mark’s love for his cattle and his land. Another good Kansas ranch Facebook page is Debbie Blythe-Lyons’ Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch page.

Big money special interest groups like HSUS and PETA are spending millions to convince the public that farmers and ranchers abuse their animals and their land. Facebook pages like Mark’s and Debbie’s show the real story of farmers and ranchers, people with compassion and pride in their animals and the crops they raise.

With more and more people turning to social media for information, these kinds of pages are extremely valuable to help people, especially our city cousins, understand where their food comes from and what kind of people are producing that food.

Kudos to Mark, Debbie and all the farmers and ranchers who are using social media to share information about their operations.

Interested in Social Media? It’s not too late to join in a series of social media webinars being offered by the National Corn Growers Association. The first webinar of the National Corn Growers Association 2011 Social Media Training Program was held this week. The program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, and is the first of 12 free hour-long online learning sessions that will be held monthly through 2011.

Follow-up webinars are planned for February 17, March 17, April 28, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15. Times for these will be announced prior to the webinars.

Click here to register or get more information.

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