Month: October 2012

“Think Tank” on Cattle Reproductive Technology

Want to make a first-year graduate student feel really dumb? Put him in a room with several leading researchers in his field of study and ask what he learned. Talk about a challenge. Luckily I didn’t have to actually get up and speak, but it was encouraging enough to sit in on the “Think Tank” […]

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Bull Semen Collection and Ohio Select Sires

This month I checked another state off the list as I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a work trip. We were there for a “Think Tank” meeting with some of the best reproductive physiologists in the academic world of cattle in the U.S. Along with this meeting we had the opportunity to tour the Select […]

In response to HSUS’ “A Pig’s Tail” [Video]

In case you missed it, today was Food Day – an opportunity to focus on our food system and the diversity within. The Humane Society of the United States (read my thoughts on the organization here) took advantage of this event to aim at modern pork production. The HSUS, not affiliated with your local pet […]

Ask a Farmer: Are feedlot cattle fed antibiotics and hormones?

Due to a large amount of criticism and misrepresentation of the facts, many people have expressed mixed ideas about what occurs in beef production. I have spent a large portion of my life getting well acquainted with all stages of beef cattle production and have a few thoughts and opinions to share. Recently, I have […]

Ask a Farmer: Cattle Feedlots and the Environment

I had an interesting conversation with a young woman from a Journalism class a few weeks ago who asked to interview me about Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) in livestock production, specifically environmental concerns. A Meat Science professor had recommended me since I have spent most of my life acquainted with cattle feeding – my […]

Talking Social Media with Florida Agriculture

Central Florida in October? Talking food, farming, and social media? Why not?!? Plus it worked out perfect as the weather in East Tennessee last week was cloudy and cool. Last week I had the opportunity to meet some great folks involved in farming at the Agriculture Institute of Florida‘s Annual Meeting and Workshop. The workshop, […]

99 Bushels of Harvest with Frosted Mini-Wheats [Video]

Have you seen the latest Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats commercial? It brought a grin the first time I saw it. I wonder if wheat farmers really drive through the golden fields singing “99 bushels of wheat on the farm, 99 bushels of wheat!” (especially with dancing cereal biscuits?). Here’s the video in case you haven’t seen […]

Ask A Farmer: What do feedlot cattle eat?

I have had several conversations where folks assume that grain-finished cattle have little to no access to grass. That is not the complete truth and many are surprised to learn just how short the period is that those cattle remain in the feedlot. The majority of the animal’s life is on pasture. Recently I have […]

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