Boats, Boots and Burgers
This week’s Burger Blog post is a bit unique from previous weeks, as our team was out this week at the 2017 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Beef Tour in Starbuck, MN. Even though we were on the road, have no fear, we still enjoyed our burgers!
But first, a Board Meeting.
Before the tour on Tuesday, we have our quarterly Minnesota Beef Council Meeting with our Board of Directors. We gave reports, accomplished business and celebrated our directors.
The meeting was held right in Glenwood, MN at Captain’s Bar and Grill on Lake Minnewaska.
For lunch, guess what we enjoyed? Burgers, of course! Take a look –
I’d call this one the Classic American Cowboy Cheeseburger with none other than a side of baked beans. #AllAmerican #beefyburger
During lunch, we had the opportunity to hear from SDSU Graduate Student, Megan Webb. She discussed her findings in a recent beef consumer preferences panel. It was very interesting to hear recent beef research and learn how we can excel in meeting consumer preferences at the production and retail levels.
After we heard the full presentation, we got back to our meetings and finished up around 4:45 p.m. After that, the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual PAC Event Fundraiser, which consisted of a beef brisket sandwich for dinner and then a boat cruise around Lake Minnewaska. That’s right, classy cattlemen we’ve got here in Minnesota! It was a gorgeous night, and everyone had a grand time!
Summer Beef Tour
The next day, July 11th, was devoted to the 2017 Summer Beef Tour which was hosted by the Glacial Ridge Cattlemen’s Group. Approximately 1,000 cattlemen, cattle-women and industry influencers from across Minnesota and surrounding states came together to learn more about agriculture and beef farming. Jim and Twyla Wulf, and their boys (Travis and Brady), of Clear Springs Cattle Company provided top-notch hospitality for the tour.
From Clear Spring Cattle Company, of Starbuck, MN, tour participants got on 1 of 14 buses that were sent out like clockwork!
Buses were sent out to the following stops:
Clear Springs Cattle Company – Jim & Twyla Wulf
Redhead Creamery – The Jennisenn Family
Bar J Ranch – The Reed Family
Bakko Brothers, Inc.
Highland Acres Cattle – The Anderson Family
Public Land Grazing Efforts – DNR & USFWS Land
My bus made its first stop at the Forage Demonstration field. Not only were we able to see the machinery up close and personal, but we also saw it in action.
Next, we headed to Bakko Bros, Inc. which was incredible in terms of the power and equipment that comes in and out of their shop. Bakko Bros, Inc. specializes in offering haybusters, spreaders, tub grinders and bale shredders.
Now it was time to see some cattle! We headed on over to Highland Acres Cattle, of Starbuck, MN, which is run by the Anderson Family. Highland Acres is committed to raising high-quality Simmental cattle for the show ring and production.
Next, it was back to Clear Springs Cattle Company for lunch. Lunch was a beef brisket sandwich served with potato salad, coleslaw, veggies, cheese curds and a celebratory cookie for the Minnesota Beef Council’s 50th Anniversary. Aren’t personalized cut-outs so fun?! Even better, they tasted great! Special thanks to the Benson Bakery for completing our 1,000 cookie order! You #nailedit!
After lunch, we visited with the numerous vendors that were set up at Wulf’s. There were also ag interviews going on at this time! Check it out – paparazzi at the Minnesota Summer Beef Tour!
Then, it was time to hop on the bus for our second portion of tours. We headed out to Bar J Ranch of Brooten, MN. Bar J is run by John and Jake Reed (and family) and focuses on Angus production. They sell the top cut of their bull calf crop and high-quality heifers at their production sale each year.
Our last tour stop for the day, was Redhead Creamery. Redhead Creamery is owned by the Jennissen Family who milks 180 cows, and is better known as “Jer-Lindy Farms.” Alise and Lucas Sjostrom are the owners of Redhead Creamery, which is located right on Jer-Lindy Farm.
At the end of the day, we headed back to Wulf’s for a steak dinner. Because – Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. No complaints! Our steaks were so good that we demolished them – another prime example of there being #nobeefleftbehind.
We hope you’ll join us for next year’s tour in Cottonwood, MN on July 10th, 2018!
See you then,