I have a theory that no one actually likes Scotch. I, tried to make myself like it, I thought I would be sophisticated and cultured if I enjoyed a nice Scotch every now and again. I bought a bottle, and drank a small glass over ice. I did this every day after work for about two weeks and almost was like taking medicine. But, alas, it was not a taste I could acquire. I barely made a dent in the bottle before I gave up and gave it away to a friend who claims to like the peaty potable.

It's a shame I don't like Scotch, because if I did I could just throw some charcoal briquettes in a glass of water and have what -- if I liked Scotch -- would be a delicious beverage.

I think people who claim they like Scotch actually are just tired of other people drinking their booze. So, to counter this, they chose the one spirit that is disgusting and decide to grin and bear it. The reason I came up with this theory is because it is a practice I have used on several occasions in many different instances. From coffee to beer, ice cream to potato chips, I have chosen varieties not based upon my personal palette. Instead I choose based on what I can tolerate and weigh that on the probability that others in my house will eat or drink it all before I get a single taste.

I know this sounds selfish, and it is. But have you ever wanted a coffee or a beer, and thought you had plenty, and then found you had none? When you want a coffee or a beer, chances are you really want a coffee or a beer. The absence of these beverages can alter your mood, and not in the good way you were hoping by consuming them.

After some trial and error, I have found that dark roast coffee and hop-py beer are things my wife will not touch. I like them OK. As for ice cream and chips, well, the search is still on and I have little hope.

It takes a lot of planning to ensure I have the snacks and treats I want. Between my wife and kids, often those plans go awry and I end up with the crumbs. To make sure you and your cattle operation don't get your hand stuck in the Pringles can of life, you should have a plan, too, mainly for your herd health.

In our cover story, we take a look at developing a herd health plan, and all that such a plan entails. We also have news from aground the ag industry as well as information about upcoming sales and events. Hope you enjoy it, and as always, thanks for reading.

'Til next time,

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