This year we received hundreds for some amazing farm moms and thousands of you voted and now the results are in. Debbie Lyons-Blythe, a farm mom from Kansas, is the 2012 Farm Mom of the Year.
Debbie and her family run Blythe Angus, near White City, Kansas, where her husband’s family homesteaded in 1890. They raise 250 registered Angus cows and sell registered bulls. They also have a Commercial Heifer Development Program where they purchase 350 heifers from bull customers, Debbie breeds them artificially in the spring, runs her calving ease bulls with them and sells them as bred heifers in the fall. Debbie’s husband works in town, and their five children all help on the ranch, but Debbie is the daily labor. They also have a diversified cropping operation, including hay, for their cowherd.
Debbie was nominated by her 5 children. Read her winning nomination essary below.
Debbie’s Nomination Essay – submitted by her children
It doesn’t take long to figure out what is in her heart…
Her love for agriculture is evident when reading her blog, hearing her speeches, and seeing her work. We would like to recognize and honor our mom, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, for her hard work and dedication to her family, farm, community, and agriculture industry.
Family: Not only did mom give us her eye color and smile, she shared with us her values and love of agriculture. She raised us five kids alongside her in the truck checking pastures, sorting cattle, and selling bulls. She loves hosting cook-outs and camping trips for our extended family.
Farm: With dad working in town and us kids at school, mom is left with the day-to-day work on our registered Angus and commercial cow/calf operation of 300 head. She sells our bulls private treaty, maintains our ranch website, artificially inseminates the heifers and cows, cuts and bales hay, calculates feed rations, and monitors herd health.
Community: Before we filled her calendar with sports games and cattle shows, mom used to own and write the community newspaper. She continues to support our town today as a substitute teacher at the local school, worship leader at church, and 4-H club leader.
Agriculture: Mom takes advantage of every opportunity to promote agriculture. She is very active in social media and posts weekly to her blog, Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch, which is written for consumers. She speaks to agriculture organizations about the importance of advocating, engages in consumer promotions, and recently began an Adopt a Rancher program with elementary schools. Additionally, she has held leadership positions in the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Angus Association, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to support and promote agriculture’s role in the economy.