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Have a "Ball" with May Beef Month

05/06/2013 @ 5:17am

Warm weather means Joy Bonin can look through the patio window and take in her favorite view, watching black cattle grazing in the green pasture. Her husband, Dave, jokingly calls their cows and calves “lawn ornaments” because she comments so often about what a pretty picture the cattle make.

The Bonins raise Angus and Black Baldies near Belmond in Wright County, Iowa. Their farm includes 40 acres of creek pasture where the cattle graze in the summer months. They also grow corn, and they’ve been contract Latham® soybean growers for approximately 30 years. 

Dave and Joy began farming 39 years ago.  For the past 37 years, they’ve lived on a farm that Joy’s grandparents purchased in 1950. Joy’s father purchased the farm in 1986, and ever since then she and Dave have farmed it. It’s also where they raised their son and daughter. 

Because Joy has worked off-farm at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds for nearly 36 years, she values meals that are quick, easy and flavorful.  She often relies on beef when she prepares supper and takes it to the field during planting and harvest.  And this time of year, rhubarb is a favorite dessert. 

Click here for Joy’s recipes for Rhubarb Crunch Cake and Sour Cream Meatballs. “Have a ball” with this beef recipe in celebration of May Beef Month!

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