|NC Beef Ambassadors share beef information with a consumer.|
Two ladies that stopped by the booth asked a question to Kaylyn about family farming in general. They had questions about the large operations they see in North Carolina, particularly with hogs. I chimed in on the conversation since I know a bit about hog production. Like many beef producers, my family also has experience in other livestock areas. For example, I grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog farm in Ohio, and my father is still involved in the pork industry today in Michigan. So when it comes to talking about or eating meat products, we certainly don't discriminate. I went on to explain to the ladies that 98 percent of U.S. farms are family owned. They didn't realize this is the case, and it took a minute for it to sink in. Once I explained how vertical integration works and that the large barns they see are a part of how modern farming is done today on many family farms; you could see the light bulb go on in their eyes. It is amazing how much you can teach someone in about two minutes to help keep them positive about agriculture. They appreciated the conversation and as they started to walk away, they said, "By the way, we love eating beef!"
So do we, my dears, so do we!