“When you’re asking a woman to spend the rest of her life with you, feed her beef, not chicken.” – Dave Nichols, Nichols Farms, Bridgewater, Iowa.

The above quote and wise life advice was a standout this fall during the election speeches at the 2014 National Angus Convention. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk to Nichols or listen to him speak his mind, you’ll be greeted with an upfront and colorful character.

This brings us to Valentine’s Day. Now, with the commercial hype that has been building up to February 14, people often sort themselves off into one of four categories: Cynics; Gloomers; Romantics; and the, “I wouldn’t mind celebrating, but have other priorities.”  

At this current stage in life, I tend to hang out in the Cynics category. My idea of a perfect Valentine is a glass of scotch legally old enough to date and a rare ribeye. But for you Romantics out there, take a lesson on love and choose beef to make your significant other’s heart go pitter-patter.

Love at first bite

Somehow it doesn’t come as a surprise that Texas A&M is doing Valentine’s Day right with heart-shaped ribeyes. The Aggies campus butcher shop, Rosenthal Meat Center, is selling the festive ribeyes for $12.99 a pound. A thicker cut on rib meat, followed by a butterfly cut opens the meat up into a heart. According to My Aggie Nation, the shop is student operated in collaboration with the meat sciences program.

“We are not like a normal meat market where we have an endless supply of meat," store manager Mica Ham says in the article. "Students are involved in the entire process from crate to plate. We have to wait until class and labs meet before more cuts of beef, lamb and pork are available."

Click here to read the full article, along with a link to the online store.

 “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”

Okay, it may not be beef, but we’ll give bacon a pass.

For those of you who are looking to get the most bang for your buck, bacon may not be a bad idea. In Kansas City, a dozen roses will ballpark in the range of $65 to $85, only to wilt away and die a week after purchasing them. Show the one you love by giving them a gift that has the potential to stick around awhile in the form of bacon roses – even if it is on their derriere. With a package of bacon costing around $5, you can give her a bouquet of roses and dinner for less than the cost of a movie ticket – this is what you call a win-win situation. You’re welcome.

Click here if you’d like to get really fancy and want step-by-step directions on how to make these pieces of art.

Or, take a simpler approach in wooing your Valentine this year by weaving a bacon heart and reciting this poem from 365daysofbacon.com:

Bacon Valentine Poem: To My ManBacon

♥ ♥ ♥

Bacon is red,

don’t look so blue,

if I fry bacon

I’ll share with you.

♥ ♥ ♥

Feed your wild side

If your significant other happens to be large in stature and overly hairy (hey, no judgment here) you may want to pass on this next product – or not.

For this year’s day of love, Jack Links has put together a Valentine’s Day special edition beef jerky package in a fur-lined, heart-shaped box. Somehow I don’t think this is what Kurt Cobain had in mind with Nirvana’s hit song.

The 1.25 oz gift of the year can be purchased on Amazon.com for $17.99. The box features a seductive looking Sasquatch holding a red rose.

Click here to get yours. Gift wrapping is available.

The perfect way to say, “I love you.”

On a more serious note, hats off to Bruce and Dee Travis from southwest Iowa with this simple, and perfect way of saying, “I love you.” From all of us at Drovers Cattle/Network, have a happy Valentine’s Day. And be sure to make it beef.