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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beef Day: Bigger, Longer, Unbutchered

Posted by on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

As I noted earlier, today is Beef Day. I also promised video of Beef Day's celebration, in which cattlemen feed stacks of beef sandwiches to the lawmaking masses in Olympia to raise awareness about beef. Here's video (featuring former Stranger freelancer Bryan Bissell) from the Washington State Democrats:

Things to consider: Ranchers in Washington state slaughtered over one million delicious cattle in 2008. According to a law passed by the legislature, the state collects one dollar per head, which funds the Washington Beef Commission. The state beef agency exists to "fund beef promotion, research and consumer education activities" to support the beef industry. The more beef people buy, the more the ranchers make, the more the state beef promotion agency makes, and thus the more beef they can afford to give away in Olympia, and therefor the more AWARE lawmakers are of the $543 million beef industry. Happy Beef Day, ladies and gentlemen! Beef Day. BEEF DAY.


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Will in Seattle 1
I still say we need a Beefalo Day.

Think of those poor lonely herds of bison, up near Anacortes, with their yummy meat that uses 1/20th the grazing land to produce and doesn't have all the bad global warming emissions.

Beefalo burgers - it's whats for dinner!
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Posted by Telsa Grills on February 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM · Report this
nseattlite 3
But happy cows come from California.
Posted by nseattlite on February 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
No, those are dairy cows, not beef cows. Beef cows are different (usually).
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
I dunno, I think I'd rather be at the "JOHNNY CASH SPECTAULAR."
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 6
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on February 25, 2010 at 6:27 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7

More companies should adopt the "Free Beef" promotion concept of Les Scwab Tires. Nordstrom could offer Free Beef with cocktail dress purchase. Get a Boeing "747 Cargo Bay Full 'o Beef" with every new Dreamliner purchase.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM · Report this
One million delicious cattle. A sad phrase but still the best phrase of the year, so far.

Dairy cows are happy because they are only imprisoned, not killed.
Posted by sarah68 on February 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM · Report this
#5: That's the third SLOG ad in as many months with an egregious error. I especially liked the blast from the past 2009 Sound of Music performance advertised in January 2010. I'm wondering if the Ad Department charges normal competitive rates for ads with proofreading, but offers a 60% discount to illiterates.
Posted by i drp letres al teh tyme but I sukgudkok so I kep my jobb on February 25, 2010 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Thank you to The Stranger for raising our awareness of beef, beef people, and beef day. Now how about some equal time for a foodstuff less sexy than carcasses?

Here's sumpin to get you started, not cribbed from industry press releases:

"Washington leads the nation in the production
of several crops: 92% of all raspberries are
raised here, 77% of all hops, 75% of the nation’s
supply of spearmint oil, 51% of sweet cherries,
46% of concord grapes, 46% of pears, 41% of all
peppermint oil, and 38% of all prunes and plums.

Other crops grown include: barley, alfalfa hay,
corn, lentils, onions, wine grapes, apricots,
peaches, canola, garbanzo beans, blueberries,
aquaculture, forest products, and many varieties of
vegetable seed."

Kudos to me as well, for doing my bit to increase beef-related traffic to Slog. That's why beef is on Slog's menu, after all...
Posted by Gnash on February 25, 2010 at 8:40 PM · Report this
No! Don't fill up on bread. It's BEEF DAY!

Save room for March 7, National Crown Roast of Pork Day! Seriously.
Posted by Porky Pig on February 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM · Report this
danindowntown 12
@ 10 Huh? Like anyone wants to attend Prune Day.
Posted by danindowntown on February 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM · Report this
@8: Dairy cows are only imprisoned, and not killed? What do you think happens to them when they are used up? They are killed and eaten.
Posted by Irving on February 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM · Report this
I am shocked, SHOCKED!, to learn that the meat I buy at Safeway came from a living, breathing animal that was MURDERED! for it's flesh. How could I have been so ignorant my whole entire lifetime? I must commit myself to a vegan diet so no animal ever dies again to feed me.

/that was sarcasm, for those of you too dim to realize it.
Posted by montex on February 26, 2010 at 3:16 AM · Report this
@14 Yes, that was sarcasm, but unfunny, pointless sarcasm.
Posted by fuck_knuckles on February 26, 2010 at 5:07 AM · Report this
mcFly 16
I don't see an issue with this: isn't the industry paying for it, and not the public? And aren't the people who are effectively paying for it the consumers who are buying the beef? Don't business often give away things to raise awareness of their product, even if they are an established brand? Isn't the sale of a half-billion dollars good for Warshington, providing jobs, tax revenue?

I can only see this as an issue if you're not a fan of beef or meat or the industry. Personally, it sounds like a nice little afternoon in Olympia.

I don't think I am the only one who thinks of Sam Elliot when I think of beef.
Posted by mcFly on February 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM · Report this
@ 8 and @13 old dairy cows mostly go to Golden Arches when their time is up, oh, and school lunchrooms.
Posted by ratcityreprobate on February 26, 2010 at 8:01 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18

What is McDonald's doing with the dairy cows? Are they actually using real meat in their "hamburgers" nowadays? I thought they were still sticking with apple cores and Chinese newspapers.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 26, 2010 at 8:31 AM · Report this

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