Strange Saskatchewan Diversions: U-Pick a....Cow?

Is it just me, or is this just a really strange idea?

Saskatchewan cattle farmer, Ivan Allin has launched a new business venture called U-Pick Steak Farm, which is supposed to address consumer concerns about the quality and safety of the food that they’re eating.

The Saskatoon Sun quotes Mr. Allin as saying, “The idea just came to me one day. You have the u-pick thing with strawberries and raspberries so I thought, ‘why not beef?’”

I’m still trying to figure out how that makes sense. I think most people are pretty well qualified to pick strawberries and raspberries, but I start to feel a little out of my comfort zone picking a cow, and I can’t imagine that I might feel any “safer” for doing so.

Mr. Allin suggests that this is a way for consumers to “come back to nature, watch the calves as they’re maturing and even pick one that they might want to have.”

Perhaps it’s the city boy in me but the last thing I want is a long term relationship with something I’m eventually going to eat.

You have to hand it to Saskatchewan people for their entrepreneurial spirit and who knows, maybe this turns out to be a big thing. Strange as I may think it is, at least Mr. Allin is willing to try something different and he has managed some free ink as a result.Best wishes for your success Mr. Allin. I hope you mooove a few head of cattle. :)

If the idea of picking your own cow turns your crank, you can reach the U-Pick Steak Farm at 306-946-2440.

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