Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Who am I?

I'm Debbie Lyons-Blythe. I am a cattle rancher in central Kansas, in the heart of the Flint Hills. My husband and I both grew up raising cattle. It is an excellent way of life, not just a job!

We have been married for more than 22 years, and have five kids: Meghan, a college junior, age 21; Allie, a college freshman, age 18; Trent, a high school senior, age 17; and Tyler and Eric are sophomores in high school, age 16 (yes, they are twins!).

We have about 250 mama cows raising calves, and 350 heifers (cows that haven't had a calf yet). We sell bulls and heifers and sometimes feed out our steers at a feedyard. But usually our product is the genetics that other ranchers use to produce beef.

My job is to raise the cattle and kids. My husband works in town and helps on the ranch in the evenings and weekends. We love our ranch in Kansas. It is a beautiful place to raise cattle and a family.

I post to this blog weekly to share with people around the world what life is like in rural Kansas and how my family works every day to ensure a safe, nutritious supply of beef to consumers.

4 comments:

  1. Hello Debbie ~ It's nice to meet you. I'm also a farm wife, but much older than you (almost 71). We have cattle too; currently we're trying to feed a little calf on the bottle but she refuses to suck so she's being kept alive with tube feeding ~ how long can that go on!

    Our main source of farm income comes from being contract poultry growers (40 years!)

    I love reading about your farm life!
    Charlotte

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  2. hello from the Great Smoky Mountains, the Tennessee side. we watched macys parade but did not observe the new commercial that you had referenced.

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  3. Debbie, We watched for the American Farmers ad during Macys parade but did not see it. We are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We rec

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  4. Debbie, your commercial was awesome. So positive for agriculture! My boys and I just got watching it after seeing it announced on the electronic version of BEEF magazine. You make us proud! Thanks for all you do for promoting ag! Sarah Mills, DVM

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