Come join us at the Minnesota Beef Expo October 20-23!
The changing of the leaves on the trees, crisp mornings, scraping of the windows on the car, football and hunting are what folks relate to fall. In my family it’s what happens at the State Fair grounds every year during MEA weekend that tells us its fall, The Minnesota Beef Expo.
Hi everyone, I’m Emilee White and a member of the Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team. In my 16 years, I can’t remember not attending the Minnesota Beef Expo. My family and I are first generation beef farmers who raise registered South Devons and I have started my own herd of Charolais cattle. The Minnesota Beef Expo was the first “big show” we attended as a family when we started on the show side of the beef industry. Since then it has become the kick-off to our show season for the next year. For our family, the Minnesota Beef Expo represents an opportunity to showcase our new calves that were born earlier this past spring. Additionally, it represents a time for us to bring some of our yearling heifers, to show off all the hard work from the past year that has been put into these animals. They have become such a big part of our lives before they go to pasture to become mama cows.
I mentioned the “show side” of the beef industry; over the years we have learned that there is a significant difference between the show side and simply raising cattle in the beef community. The show side has given us, as a family, the chance not only to showcase the quality of our animals, but the opportunity to serve as a representative of our breed of cattle, as well as network with people with similar interests in showing and raising beef. With my older sister, dad and mom and an occasional friend or two we have gotten to travel the U.S. doing something we all enjoy. Sometimes we have to convince Mom that it really is like a vacation, but we call it a “showcation”.
The Minnesota Beef Expo has become a tradition in this “show family”. It is one of the only shows that we all attend together as a family. As my sister and I get older, and our Jr. Show days come to an end, I will always value the experiences and life lessons I have learned through the beef industry.
Come join the family!
This blog was written by Emilee White, 2015-2016 Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team Member.