There’s a cow in Lowry Mall? As students walked across Lowry Mall May 8, they may have noticed a cow, booths of information about beef and a station to purchase rib eye sandwiches. The Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen and Boone County Cattlemen organized the fourth annual Meet Your Meat event to educate others about beef.
“Don’t believe everything you see in mainstream media,” said Kelsey Cornell, senior and president of Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen. “Ask questions. We want consumers to feel good about what they’re eating.”
After the club sold out of rib eye early last year, Cornell said they added 100 rib eyes to their supply this year in full anticipation of another large turnout.
Cornell, who has raised cattle since the age of 7, stated her frustration lies with the fact that individuals may have seen videos, such as the one where a cow is being moved with a forklift, and assume all cows experience that on a day-to-day basis. Cornell speaks from experience – she and her family come from a farming background – when she states this is not the case.
“Our animals are a very important part of our lives,” Cornell said. “We really care so much about our animals.”
According to Cornell, the main attraction of the event would be the cow. This year is Kaitlyn Lee’s third year of showing a cow. Lee, vice president of Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen, said her family has been in the cattle business for decades, and she believes it is important for the cow to make an appearance at the campus event.
“I see it as we’re selling steak sandwiches over there, and students can see the cow it would come from over here,” Lee said. “They can see where their food is coming from. Also many people here come from cities, they may not have seen a cow up close until now.”
The Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen’s mission states they are “dedicated to advancing Missouri’s beef industry.” Members put together poster boards and signs to demonstrate their mission and goal of beef education. Freshman Courtney Spencer was one of the many members in attendance handing out cards of facts.
“We’re not really here to sway them,” Spencer said. “We’re just here to inform them.”