Spring break, it’s all about sunshine and tan lines… in Colorado. On Sunday, I helped deliver over three tons of water, food, and clothing to fire victims in Ashland and Englewood, KS. It was a humbling reminder to be thankful for what I have. If you’d like to donate to the fire relief fund, do so here.

Coming home to Colorado afterward was a time to reflect on what exactly I do have. That included looking at newborn calves with my grandma. 81 years young, she still drives the John Deere Gator to look at the year’s calf crop and shares stories from previous years.

Here are a few pictures that captured the afternoon.

Calf eat tag #012

“Don’t call the world dirty because you forgot to clean your (ear tag) glasses.” – Aaron Hill

REW Land and Cattle

REW Land and Cattle working chutes

Rancher's work gloves

Look at a rancher’s gloves, they will share of the hard work he never tells.

Weeds with the Branding Irons

Dee Burns

Dee Burns talking cattle.

R.E.W. in the Spring

#BeefMeet in Music City

Seven. I have spent seven nights in my apartment since December 19. Between celebrating my Grandma’s 81st birthday, playing cards on Christmas Day without electricity for four hours, clerking the National Western Stock Show, and interning at the Cattle Industry Convention, little time was left for life in Canyon, Texas. Including going to my last semester of classes at West Texas A&M University.

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The previous week, Jan 29 – Feb 5, I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of two returning interns for the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade show. Over 70 college students applied for the internship. 18 were selected.

This year’s convention was record breaking with 9,331 attendees. With over seven acres of trade show exhibits, guest speakers like Dana Perino and events at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Opry kept everyone, including interns, busy. I walked over 85,300 steps!

Visit my Facebook page to view my Snapchat stories that captured the internship.

I also have the opportunity to share my internship experience with Brain Allmer of Barn Media via phone interview. Listen to it here.

If you are involved with the cattle industry in any form, attend the convention in Phoneix next year. The knowledge shared in the few days cannot be matched anywhere else.

If you are still in college, I highly suggest you apply for the internship in October.

This opportunity was a chance of a lifetime. I was lucky enough to experience it twice. The networking is invaluable. Thank you, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.