New Director of Performance Programs

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (February 9, 2016) – The American Shorthorn Association hired Matt Woolfolk as the director of performance programs.

Woolfolk graduated from Mississippi State University in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in animal science and a minor in agribusiness. He was involved at MSU with block and bridle and collegiate cattleman. After graduating he attended Texas A&M University to obtain a Master’s in Animal Breeding.

Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, his family focused on raising registered Hereford cattle and Bermudagrass hay. Woolfolk’s family was active in the Hereford breed on the state and national level. He served on the National Junior Hereford Association Board of Directors from 2010-2013 and was the chairman in 2011-2012.

Since August 2014, Woolfolk worked for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) as a field representative, as well as the director of commercial marketing. He worked with BBU members visiting their operations, assisting with marketing, selection and management decisions, attending sales and industry events, and providing other services. He also was the coordinator of the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association junior program.

“I am excited to join the American Shorthorn Association team,” Woolfolk said.” It’s a great time to be involved in the Shorthorn business, and I believe the trend will continue. I look forward to working with the membership and continuing to provide the outstanding service they have come to expect from ASA.”

Woolfolk with also assist with junior activities and shows as well as being the director of performance programs.

Tom and Susie Turner Earn Cattlemen’s Industry Excellence Award

(MARYSVILLE, Ohio) –The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Tom and Susie Turner of Somerset, Ohio, the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 21, 2017 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Each year, in an effort to recognize individuals who continue to promote and excel in the beef industry, OCA and Brownfield Ag News jointly sponsor the Industry Excellence Award. The award presentation featured a video of Tom and Susie Turner that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.

Throughout Tom’s life, he has always been involved in the beef industry one way or another. After growing up on his family’s farm, Tom’s college and graduate work was focused on the beef industry. During his professional career, he coached the Livestock Judging Team at The Ohio State University for over 30 thirty years, served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. During his term as President, Tom aided in the development of a strategic plan, the restructuring of the Board of Directors and helped create the BEST youth program. Now retired, Tom and Susie stay involved in the beef industry by managing their beef cattle herd, staying active with the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, traveling around the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand judging beef cattle shows.  With their family values and love for the beef industry, they have helped develop quality programs within Ohio and are excellent role models for young beef leaders across the state. 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to farm families that raise cattle. It serves as the voice and issues manager for all of Ohio’s beef cattle business including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the beef industry’s grassroots policy development organization and is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio’s beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

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Emily Thompson, Director of Communications

614-873-6736 or ethompson@ohiobeef.org

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED

The American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting and Forum was Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Argosy Hotel and Casino in Kansas City, Missouri.

During the Annual Meeting the membership voted to elect three new board of director members. The membership re-elected Rick Leone of Fowler, Colorado; Robert Alden of Hamilton, Missouri; and Tom Turner of Somerset, Ohio to serve on the ASA board of directors for an additional three years.

The new officers were elected: Mark Gordon – President, Jim Freed – Vice President and Ed Kruse – Executive Director.

Former ASA President Passes

William Arthur Masterson, age 69, of Guthrie, Texas; May 10, 1947- September 27, 2016. Life happens along that dash, between those dates. William Masterson, known as “Bill”, was a man who was loved by many and truly loved life. This was evident by his infectious smile, silly jokes and boisterous laughter.

Bill grew up in Guthrie, Texas, on the JY Ranch. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1969 with a BS in Animal Science; he continued to support the university long after his graduation, serving as a beef coach, board member of the Range and Wildlife Management division and scholarship donor for the Red Raider Club. Bill served as president of the American Shorthorn Association, secretary of the Masterson Management Corporation, and the board of directors for the National Cattlemen’s Association, Brazos River Authority, King County Tax Appraisal District, First National Bank of Paducah, and the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He also received his Texas State Honorary FFA degree in addition to breeding and showing many outstanding cutting horses.

He lived most of his life on the JY Ranch with his horses, cattle, welsh corgi dogs and family. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf. His nine grandchildren called him “Papaw” and he spoiled them with his favorite things: donuts, Blue Bell ice cream, birthday parties, jolly ranchers and Jujy fruits. Bill lived out his love of God best by his stewardship of land and his love for people. He rarely met a stranger and was a great friend to many, who will no doubt miss receiving his telephone calls.

Bill left this earth surrounded by his four loving children; Scotta Knight and husband Tadd, Robert Masterson and wife Wendy, Lisa Russell, and Laurie Bryson and husband Caleb; grandchildren, Kristen and Cameron Knight, Hadley Ray, Mattie Masterson, Alex Masterson, Sidney and Ben Russell, and Grace and Evie Bryson and many close friends he considered family. We will all get through the loss of this larger than life man by the words he told us often, “One Day at a Time”.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests memorials to theBill Masterson Educational Scholarship Fund at Western Bank, 5701 82nd Street, Lubbock, Texas 79424, or call 806.798.9700.

From Tragedy to Triumph

by Paige Crawford

Writer’s note: Although the accident happened more than three years ago, it has hurt too much for the family to talk about until now. I feel like the Bedwell family’s story needs to be shared.

 

2012 was supposed to be the year Bedwell Cattle Co., exhibited the champion Shorthorn heifer at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. It was not. Jennifer Bedwell placed second in her class, and the title was given to someone else. Instead, 2012 was the year her world turned upside down.

Bedwell Cattle Co., a family-owned cattle operation in Isabella, Oklahoma, is home to about 25 head of purebred cattle.

Jeff Bedwell is a seasoned cattle judge. He and his wife, Diane, raised their three children – Jared, Justin and Jennifer – in the livestock industry.

“From being a young girl and watching my brothers succeed so much as they grew up, I knew it was an industry I wanted to be a part of forever,” Jennifer Bedwell said. “It is all I have ever really known, and I would not have it any other way.”

Jared and Justin were both active members of the Fairview FFA Chapter. Jared had a love for club cattle, while Justin took a different approach and found his passion in horticulture, Jennifer said.

Jared received his associate’s degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., and his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., in 2009. Upon graduation, Jared moved to Clarion, Iowa, and began working for Cyclone Trace Cattle Co.

“Jared put himself through college by buying and selling cattle,” Jennifer said. “He was dang good at what he did. I think he could sell a goat turd to someone.”

Justin attended college at Connors State College in Warner, Okla., where he was a member of the livestock judging team in 2009. After one semester, Justin entered the workforce and began a job at Farmers Elevator Co., in Ames, Okla.

“School just wasn’t Justin’s thing, but he had this personality, which made everyone he came into contact with feel special,” Jennifer said.

On October 5, 2012, Jennifer was preparing to exhibit her Shorthorn heifer at the Tulsa State Fair. Jeff and Diane had taxied Jennifer to Tulsa, while Jared was en route to Oklahoma with a trailer full of cattle and a truck full of cattle jocks to help his baby sister.

Justin was just getting off work at his new job as an agronomist and fertilizer rig operator at the Great Plains Co-Op in Lahoma, Okla., and was planning his trip to Tulsa to help and watch Jennifer show.

The Bedwell Family was eating dinner when Diane’s boss called saying the fire department had contacted her and the family had cattle in the road, Jennifer said.

They began calling Justin because it was his responsibility to tend the cattle to avoid that situation.

“We were sitting there like ‘dang you, Justin,’” Jennifer said. “So, we started calling him and the sheriff’s department.”

At the time, the family did not realize Diane’s phone had been tracked and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department was sending someone to deliver them life-altering news.

Jennifer looked up and saw her agricultural education instructor and an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman walking through the door.

“I did not think anything of it,” Jennifer said. “I was like, ‘Hey, I did not know y’all were staying here.’

“That was when my agricultural education instructor took me to the side and told me what happened, while the patrolman told my parents,” she said.

On October 5, 2012, Justin Bedwell was killed on impact in a car accident near Ringwood, Okla., when a negligent driver ran a stop sign and struck his vehicle.

The following days after Justin’s passing were a blur, Jennifer said. Two days after the accident, Jennifer mustered up the courage to return to Tulsa with her brother, agricultural education instructor, Vince McGolden, and best friend, Lindsay Pembrook, to show her heifer.

“I knew she was good enough, and I did not want someone else to show her,” Jennifer said.

“We hid out in the truck until it was time to show,” she said. “I showed the heifer, won reserve division champion, took a picture, handed her off, broke her down, and left the show barn.”

Jennifer rode back to Fairview with her brother while Vince and Lindsay took a separate vehicle.

“To this day, I am so glad we did that,” Jennifer said. “I have never had that good of a conversation with my older brother as I did that day, and I consider it one of my best memories with him.

“Jared had always looked out for me, but it was a little sister and big brother relationship,” Jennifer said. “After Justin’s accident, he wasn’t just my brother, but he became my best friend.”

Whenever the family had tension, all Justin wanted was for everyone to get along, Jennifer said. After his passing, the family realized how much they meant to each other and if they always sweat the small stuff, the big moments would not mean as much, she said.

The Bedwells did not have long to adjust to the new family dynamics.

On December 27, 2012, Jared Bedwell was killed in a single-vehicle accident after he hit a patch of ice and lost control. This tragedy struck the family less than three months after Justin’s passing.

“We did not bounce back quite so fast after Jared’s accident,” Jennifer said. “Mom and Dad did not return to work, and I did not return to school for a while.”

After Jared’s passing, Jennifer realized how deep his love was for his baby sister.

Jared wanted Jennifer to be successful and live her life to the fullest, and he did not agree with her choice to attend a junior college after she graduated high school, Jennifer said. He wanted her to attend Oklahoma State University from the start, but he knew funds were not available to put her through four years there, Jennifer said.

Before his accident, Jared set up a bank account to help pay for Jennifer’s schooling. After he passed, the vast majority of his life insurance policy went into it, Jennifer said.

“We were blessed with three of the most amazing human beings as children,” Diane said, “even if just for a short time.”

The Bedwell Family traveled to its first show without Justin and Jared a month after Jared’s passing in an attempt to honor their memory and regain any chance of normalcy, Jennifer said.

“Being there sucked,” Jennifer said, “but we were fortunate because my brother’s friends have become our family.”

One of Jared’s best friends, Jacob Hudlow, has not missed a show, graduation, birthday, or family event, Jennifer said.

“The crew at Cyclone Trace Cattle Co., did everything they could to support us after we lost the boys,” Jennifer said. “If we would not have had them, there is no way I would have shown cattle my senior year, and there is no way we would be as successful as we are right now.”

The Bedwells received support from friends and family all over the country, even some people they did not know, and the prayers of those people still help them to continue, Diane said.

After the passing of Justin and Jared, Jeff Bedwell emerged back on the radar as a popular cattle judge across the United States, Jennifer said.

His schedule became full, and Jennifer said she began to see the passion he had for the cattle industry come alive again.

“I do not think my dad would have the opportunities he has been given if it were not for my brothers passing,” Jennifer said. “I have so much respect for him for doing that. It is hard to get back into it and allow yourself to be that happy again.”

During Jennifer’s senior year of high school, Diane returned to work. She eventually opened an embroidery shop in Fairview.

“I have not seen my mom this happy in a long, long time,” Jennifer said.

Diane said she never thought she would survive the loss of a child, much less two.

“But by the grace of God, I am still here, and I am a better person,” Diane said.

If Jennifer sat around and felt sorry for herself, which she said she does sometimes, and let the opportunity to attend OSU go by, it would be a dishonor to her brothers’ memory and what they wanted for her, she said.

“The hardest part is the passage of time and knowing that life goes on without the people you care about,” Jennifer said. “But at the same time, you have to think about what those people would want for you.

“Our biggest fear is 10 years from now, nobody is going to remember Justin and Jared Bedwell,” Jennifer said. “That is why we talk about them, I write my blog, and we present the memorial scholarships.”

The Fairview FFA Chapter, American Junior Shorthorn Association and Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association all have separate scholarships or contests in memory of Jared and Justin.

Jacki Herrel, a family friend to the Bedwells, said Jeff, Diane and their children have always been a staple in her family’s life when it came to weddings, birthdays, and the birth of her children. Holidays have since been added to the list.

“My family aids as a distraction for Jeff and Diane,” Jacki said. “We love them so much and consider them our family.

“The livestock industry loves the Bedwells and loved on them when tragedy stuck,” Jacki said. “The Bedwell Family is the salt of the earth.”

With the support the Bedwells have received throughout the past three years, new opportunities arose to them.

Jennifer received the honors of Reserve Grand Champion Female at the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver, and exhibited the Grand Champion Female at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show in Fort Worth.

“It was a bittersweet win,” Jennifer said. “I wanted my brothers there badly, but so did everyone else around me. Being able to achieve a goal without them there was hard, but it was comforting to be surrounded by the people who love my family.”

Diane said although she and Jeff miss the boys so much it “actually hurts,” they look forward to their future and cannot wait to see what Jennifer does with her life.

Jennifer said the number of people her brothers impacted and the legacies they left behind make it difficult for sadness to overcome her.

“I am 20 years old now, and at 21, Justin meant the world to so many people, Jennifer said. “At 25, Jared had made his mark on the cattle industry and continues to do so,” she said. “If I can accomplish that much by the time I am their age, I will be pretty happy with the legacy I left behind.

“So, no, my brothers did not leave wives or children behind, but they left so much more – legacies we will remember forever,” Jennifer said. “I want to live a life in a way that, if I were to pass, I will have a packed church on the day of my funeral like they did.”

Insider 8.9.16 Information

EPDs are Updated in the Registry

The North American Shorthorn Genetic Evaluation for Fall 2016 is now updated in the registry.

Delegate Election Process

Each state will become a separate district to be recognized as a state delegation and Canada will be considered the equivalence of a state. The number of delegates from that state will be determined by the number of members in good standing at the time the ballots for delegate election are mailed.
Delegate ballots will be mailed from the ASA office in August of each year to members in good standing as of August 1 of that year. In order for members to make informed selections, a list of members in good standing from that state or district will accompany ballots. Only one ballot or delegate will be allowed per membership vote per entity or membership. The ballots mailed for each state or district will include the number of delegates allocated to their state or district. All ballots must be returned to the ASA office by the Tuesday after Labor Day in September of that year. They are due September 6, 2016. 
 
All delegates will be contacted to confirm their willingness and ability to serve as soon as possible after the ballots have been returned to the ASA office and counted.  Delegates will be notified at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. Delegates will serve as their state or district representative from October 1 to September 31 of each year.
Annual Meeting will be December 3, 2016 at the Argosy Hotel and Casino. Check future Insider and Shorthorn Country for registration information. 
For more detailed information about the election process visit the website.

NAILE Information

–   Ownership deadline NAILE Junior Show is Sept. 15
   Entry deadline NAILE National & Junior Show Oct. 1

Schedule Change at NAILE

Saturday November 12th
  Junior ShorthornPlus Show
Sunday November 13th
  Junior Purebred Show
Monday November 14th
  Jack C Ragsdale National Shorthorn Show
  Jack C Ragsdale National ShorthornPlus Show
 

Hotel Information

NAILE | Lousiville, Kentucky- 
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209. Rooms from 11/9/16-11/14/16, double and king rooms are available for $169 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 502-318-2346 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

National Junior Shorthorn Show 2017 Dates

The correct NJSS dates are July 3-8, 2017. Cattle can move into barn on the 3rd. Cattle and contest check-in will be on July 4th. Mark your calendars for attending NJSS in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Hotel Information

For National Junior Shorthorn Show | Tulsa, Oklahoma – 
Embassy Suites Hotel, 3332 South 79th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74145 (Approximately 4 miles from fairgrounds). Rooms are available from 7/2/17-7/8/17, double suites are $109 per night and king suites are $104 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-622-4000 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.
 
Expo Inn Hotel, 4531 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74145 (Located on Fair Grounds). Rooms are available from 7/3/17-7/8/17, double kings and double queens are available for $99 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-858-3775 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.
 
Country Inns & Suites, 3209 South 79th  East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74145. Rooms are available from 7/2/17-7/9/17, double and king rooms are available for $69 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-663-1000 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

Hotel Information for National Western

National Western | Denver Colorado –
Double Tree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207. King and Double rooms will be available 01/08/17 – 01/17/17 for $116 per night. For Reservations you may call the hotel at 303-321-3333 and ask for the American Shorthorn Association Block or contact Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

REMINDER
All Century Club members registrations need to be done by August 31.

Alabama Family Shares Passion for Shorthorn Cattle

Catrett FamilyIn Luverne, Alabama, Perry and Ashley Catrett raise their daughters, Cassidy and Cameron. Even though Perry and Ashley did not grow up showing cattle, their daughters expressed an interest in showing. Cassidy and Cameron started out showing crossbred and commercial cattle because their dad and his family raised commercial cattle.

After Cassidy and Cameron proved their commitment to showing, they family decided to start showing purebred cattle and purchased three Shorthorns to start a herd. They found that it was difficult to find Shorthorns in Alabama and other southeastern states, but they chose Shorthorns initially for their docility and color.

“Their dad likes that they have taken an interest in the beef industry,” Ashley said. “He thinks that showing helped them develop their passion that they may not have if they would have only stuck to the commercial cattle.”

Cassidy and Cameron have built up a herd of Shorthorn cow-calf pairs that is nearly as many cattle as their dad has in his commercial operation.

“The girls have even convinced Perry to use a Shorthorn bull,” Ashley said. “He transitioned to using a Shorthorn bull on the commercial herd as clean-up for artificial insemination work.”

Cassidy the older of the two, developed an interest in AI for bred and owned cattle. She even attended AI school to help grow her knowledge. Cameron has interest in embryo transfer. Ashley said the girls work together to improve their herd.

The Catrett’s began attending the National Junior Shorthorn Show in 2012 and it has been a great way for them to connect with other breeders.

“The girls have been able to learn more by attending nationals and networking with other breeders than they ever would have on their own,” Ashley said. “Shorthorn is our breed of choice and we enjoy having a week to spend with others that have a passion for the breed.”

Cassidy and Cameron were instrumental in starting a state association that now has at least 20 families involved, said Ashley. There is now a breed steer show at their state show and they offer scholarships through the state association.
“My daughters have goals of continuing in the agricultural industry,” Ashley said. “They will always want to have a Shorthorn herd. It is their passion.”

ASA STAFF ATTENDS BEEF IMPROVEMENT FEDERATION CONVENTION

American Shorthorn Association staff attended the annual Beef Improvement Federation Convention last week in Manhattan, Kansas. Convention participants attended general sessions with industry professionals who spoke about the beef industry.

The Young Producer Symposium was the first afternoon before BIF started. This event was designed to create a network for young cattleman and to help them gain knowledge as they work towards growing their role in the industry.

The first official morning general session was titled “Opportunities for the Beef Value Chain: Can we become more coordinated and more profitable?” Speakers for the day included Glynn Tonsor and Ted Schroeder with Kansas State University, John Stika with a branded beef program, Brad Morgan with Performance Food Group, and Keith Belk with Kansas State University.

The second morning general session was titled “Protecting producer profit for the future.” The speakers for the day included David Lalman of Oklahoma State University, Chip Ramsay of Rex Ranch, Mark Enns of Colorado State University, and Clay Mathis of King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

“This annual BIF event is a great way to network with people who are involved in the industry,” said Montie D. Soules, Executive Secretary/CEO of ASA. “The speakers are great, but some of the best opportunities come from meeting people outside in the hall. There are so many chances to make lifetime connections.”

The afternoons were filled with breakout sessions that focused on topics from beef-production to genetic-improvement. Convention participants chose the session that was most pertinent to their needs.

Participants attended dinners at the KSU Weber Arena and Stanley Stout Livestock Marketing Center, which gave more ways for networking with people who are involved with all aspects of the cattle industry.

“This is one of the best conferences I go to,” said Toby Jordan of Waukaru Farms Inc. “There is always information about the latest and greatest when it comes to breeding. I also really enjoyed speaking at the Young Producer Symposium that was focused towards younger cattle producers that are trying to grow in the business.”

ASA staff also participated in the International Genetic Solutions seminar that was before BIF. IGS is a collaboration of 12 breed associations that are working to put the progressive commercial cattleman first by creating genetic evaluation. Soules was among the panel of association leaders that spoke about the importance of genetic improvement.

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Anna Grace Parnell Wins Supreme Heifer at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (June 10, 2016) – Anna Grace Parnell is a sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma College Parnellwhere she is on the livestock judging team. Originally from Stanton, Alabama, she has shown Shorthorns since she was nine years old.

As a pre-vet major, Parnell plans on attending veterinarian school after NEO. She is unsure where she will go to vet school yet, but hopes it will be Oklahoma State University. She has plans to become an embryologist. Parnell said even if she does not go to vet school she plans on staying heavily involved in agriculture.

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In March, at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, Parnell won champion Shorthorn and supreme champion heifer. This was her second year to win champion Shorthorn and supreme champion heifer at this show because she previously won in 2014.

Parnell won senior showmanship at the 2015 Alabama Junior Cattleman’s Roundup and received a scholarship from the Alabama Cattlewomen’s Association. This scholarship was a contest for just high school senior and college freshman girls. Parnell tried three times before she won this prestigious scholarship.

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She has attended many National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference’s with her brother James Robert Parnell and her family has been active in the ASA for more than seven years.

American Shorthorn Association, 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151

Phone 816.599.7777; fax number 816.599.7782

The mission of the ASA is to provide quality service and support to its members by promoting the value of Shorthorn cattle in all aspects of the beef industry, while maintaining the integrity of the herd book and performance database. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 14,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org or www.juniorshorthorn.com.

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Intern Update: Favorite Beef Recipe

Hey there!

Abbey and Taylor again. We are officially in the month of June and less than a month out from Junior Nationals.  So excited to be there and get to meet all of you. Entering entries to the computer and contacting members for exhibitor packet information makes us feel like we almost know you a bit. (Does that sound creepy, it might be.)

Today instead of giving you an update on our lives as interns (because really the only update is that we are working hard to have everything ready for Junior Nationals), we are going to share our favorite beef recipes. We were inspired to write this post after finding some AJSA aprons in a very cold storage room that Abbey dubbed as the ‘meat locker’.

Abbey’s recipe ­– There is this amazing little taco truck a couple towns over from where I went to high school in Colorado called Lucy’s Tacos. After trying many different items on their menu with at least 50 different options, I discovered their Carne Asada Fries.  When I moved 10 hours away to Oklahoma for college I had to find a way to keep these fries in my life, so I developed my own recipe.

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Prep time- 45 min. to an hour. (Most of this is down time letting the fries soak)

Cook Time-45 min. to an hour.

Total time- 1.5 to 2 hours.

Serving size – 4 people

Ingredients – Fries

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil, or preferred cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (most days I like to add in a little garlic salt)

Ingredients – Toppings

  • Half pound to a pound of steak – depends on how much meat you want. I prefer a nice marble tri-tip steak for some extra flavor, but you can also use skirt steak of steak you want.
  • Weber Steak and Chop seasoning to taste
  • Shredded cheese – I like a three cheese Mexican blend, but from here on out the ingredients are all personal preference
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Shredded lettuce

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes into sticks, about a quarter inch to half inch thick depending on how you like your fries. Then place the fries into a bowl of ice water and soak for 30 min. to an hour. This will help the fries to be nice and crunchy.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F
  3. After the fries have soaked, rinse and dry them thoroughly. Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to coat a baking sheet then toss the fries in the rest and season to taste. Spread the fries even over the baking sheet and cook at 425F for 45 min to an hour until nice and golden. Turn the fries about halfway through.
  4. After the fries are in the oven cut the steak into half inch cubes and coat the cubes in the Weber’s seasoning and let sit at room temperature until ready to cook.
  5. When the fries have about 15 min. left cook the meat in a skillet on medium0high heat. I like to use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or a griddle for a nice sear but any skillet will work. If needed add a little bit of olive oil to keep the meat from sticking and burning.
  6. When the fries are nice and golden turn the oven off and remove them. I like to layer on some cheese and place the fries back in the still warm oven to melt the cheese.
  7. Plate the fries and add toping as desired.
  8. Enjoy!

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of my Carne Asada fries, but I have provided one I found from www.carlsbadcraving.com that is similar to what I based my recipe off.

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Taylor’s Recipe:

As we all know, nothing beats Grandma’s cooking and I am pretty much certain my granny is the best cook of all! Growing up just a hop, skip, and a jump away from her house, I spent many days learning all the tricks to making the perfect dish. Moving 1,300 miles provided me with the chance to practice all that she taught me. Although, I will never be the cook she is, I think I have done a good job of perfecting a few recipes.  One of my all-time favorites to make is stuff bell peppers. Especially if they are fresh peppers straight out of Papa’s garden! With little preparation time, this is the perfect meal to toss in the oven on a busy night.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 30-45 minutes

Total time:  45-65 minutes

Serving size: 6-8 peppers

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 bell peppers
  • 1 box New Orleans dirty rice
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 can of tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large frying pan and add in the chopped onion, cooking until the vegetable is softened.
  3. Next, add salt and pepper to taste, and then add the can of tomato sauce.
  4. Stir in cooked rice and cook for another 5 minutes or until the rice is warm. (Meanwhile, cut the tops of the peppers off and spoon out the rubs and seeds. Rinse.)
  5. Lightly, sprinkle the inside of the pepper with salt and fill the peppers with the hot meat and rice mixture.
  6. In the bottom of a 3 quart baking dish, put a ¼ cup of water (so you can steam the peppers while they are cooking).
  7. Place peppers in baking dish and top with shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees until the peppers are tender and the cheese is brown.
  9. Serve hot & enjoy!

 

 

apronsHope you have been practicing your beef cook-off recipes! It will be time to show those cooking skills off before you know it!

 

Shorthorn love,

Abbey & Taylor