Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Today’s Fun, Fact Friday celebrates the gifts of my Motley Crew of Cluckers! I have talked about my small but mighty flock of laying hens that live in our barn and free range throughout the corrals and yard. My girls are getting up there in “chicken years” nearing 4 years old so I am surprised that the little gang of 7 hens stills gives us 3-4 eggs a day, especially considering I have never bought a bag of chicken feed. With so many show animals always in the barn, there is always extra grain to scratch and then they find so much goodness out in the corrals and free ranging in the barnyard.
National Egg Month has been observed since the 1960s. Different months had the honor, however, as the reputation of the egg soured for a period of time, so did National Egg Month. But in the 1990s, the American Egg Board re-established National Egg Month in May. Since then, studies have been shining a light on good and bad egg nutrition, we have come a long way to understanding more about the differences in cholesterol and what it means for our health.
Whether boiled, baked, basted or fried, eggs are full of protein. They go well with vegetables and herbs, too. One of the world’s most affordable food sources, eggs contain all the nutrients a body needs except vitamin C. So if you’re on a budget and want to stay healthy, add eggs to your superfood list.
I bet you have a local source of farm, fresh eggs somewhere around you. So, if you can, support your local egg dealer. I challenge you to try a new egg recipe this week to celebrate the wonderful goodness they have to offer.
Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the Jones Ranch.
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