This is national Cow Appreciation Day. I salute my late father, Ken Bovard, an animal geneticist who spent his career researching beef cattle breeding. The 1958 photo below is from the Beef Cattle Research Station near Front Royal, Virginia. It was one of his all-time favorite photos and hung on the wall forever in our home.
Here’s a link to a 1969 article he co-authored on the effects of inbreeding on beef cattle. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bovard/45749892435/in/album-72157594516383915/
Here’s the summary of a 1961 article he wrote on DDT. He was no fan of Rachel Carson.
And here’s some photos I took on that glorious terrain where my father worked and where our family lived. The Beef Cattle station was closed in 1974 and the land was taken over by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Plenty of glorious scenery in Warren County, Virginia.
And here’s the peach orchard where I worked for two summers, receiving daily cussings from the foreman that were great preparation for dealing with reader feedback decades later 🙂