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The Casone Exchange
  • April 25, 2008 03:13 PM UTC by Cheryl Casone

    My Days on the Farm

    Ok, sometimes you say something on television, and then you regret it. That happened today! Tom was interviewing Ryan O’Reilly of 415 Entertainment. He wrote a book called “Snapshot”, about a gen x-er who decided to abandon the family business and hit the road to find himself.

    So, I decide to comment on MY family business. My grandfather owned and operated a meatpacking company in Northeast Texas for most of his life. When I was a kid, I had to wear boots when I would walk around the plant, and I told Tom about these knee high boots on the air. Our producer’s sexist jokes aside, I’ll explain the knee high boots after the jump. Only read if you can really handle how meat is processed before it hits your dinner table.


    When I was 8, I really wanted a pair of tall white boots. The style at the time was knee high, and I wanted the kind that the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders wore. (oh, they were live in in the Fox studio with Shep a few months ago, I honestly could not stop laughing) but at the age of 8 living in Dallas, the cheerleaders were everything!

    Ok, back to the meatpacking plant. So, we had what we called “the kill floor”, which was the room where the cow was dragged in by the back hooves after being shot, and then skinned (leather) and then bled out (by the neck) and then cut into halves. From the kill floor, the meat was moved into a giant cooler, and then later sent through to be cut and packaged in another section of the facility.

    Hey, I warned you.

    So, I decide to do what my grandfather told me NOT to do, walk back to the kill floor in my brand new white boots. Oh the yelling! He was so mad at me. I was up to my knees in blood, and the white boots were covered.

    So, I did not go into the family business. And neither did Ryan O’Reilly. But, I still eat meat. And if Jeff Flock wants to do another slaughterhouse segment for Fox Business, I will be happy to tell more stories.



Joe Donovan

The solution is obvious. We need a program, the likes of the Eisenhour Interstate Program, to develop alternate fuels. Hydrogen, Electric (after we build generating capacity), whatever. We could even stop turning food into motor fuel. Iraq and the middle east would become mostly irrelevant. The infrastructure construction boom could further fuel the economy. Without the destabilizing effect of oil prices our economy is just fine, thank you, and the dollar would be floating along nicely. What am I missing?

April 29, 2008 at 11:41 am


Cheryl, you are an original American girl that I didn't think still existed in this country. Maybe I should move to Texas. God bless you and the family that raised you. Oh and, I'll enjoy that angus beef burger that much more after reading your article ; - ), Thanks!

April 29, 2008 at 10:01 am

David Lee

Dittos to Justin but in Louisiana where not only can you still live off the land but the crawfish from the bayous too!

April 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Lee Fisher

Cheryl: I too grew up on the farm and took a meat technology class at UofI where we helped in processing a beef, hog, and lamb; also have toured packing plants in Chicago. Seeing them make hot dogs was rather gross but I still like them occasionally. On the farm was just,"on the farm", many things just had to be done, the squeamish went to the house.

April 28, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Cody Willard

Wow, great, honest post, Cheryl. Not so hungry now though, no.

April 25, 2008 at 11:58 pm


Dork. haha. God bless Texas though. There's no place I'd rather be when this house of cards known as the American economy comes crashing down. I'm off to the bank to withdraw my deposits. While I don't have a whole lot in savings, I have no faith in our government, the FDIC, Wall Street, and I'd prefer to beat the bank run that is coming by the end of this year. Come back to Texas if you find yourself out of a job. There are still quite of few of us that know how to live the way our ancestors did. The old ways of life are always worth preserving in a world where nothing of man's creation is certain.

April 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm

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  • Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. Prior to FBN, Casone served as a correspondent for FOX News Channel’s (FNC) business unit and was a regular guest on FNC’s Your World with Neil Cavuto. Casone brings years of experience covering finance, business, and consumer news to FBN.

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