Last week, I brought forward some Food For Thought on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock. The concerns surrounding an increase in antibiotic resistance seem to raise a lot of emotion and controversy around our food supply, just as the use of other feed additives, chemicals, herbicides, and countless other technologies and applications of … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: Use of Antibiotics in Cattle Feedlots
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 … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Are feedlot cattle fed antibiotics and hormones?
Last week, work took me on a trip to Phoenix to tour a cattle feedlot and ranch with a group of dietetic interns and the Arizona Beef Council. This is one of the exciting programs with my job where we help future dietitians learn more about how beef cattle are raised and the nutritional science … Continue reading Arizona Cattle Ranch and Feedlot Tour
During the past few years, I’ve frequently shared my experience working in and with cattle feedlots. From a young age, my family sent our cattle to feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and our Spring Break “vacation” involved a drive to Amarillo to see those cattle. During college, I had the opportunity to work … Continue reading Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter
Episode 003 of the Agriculture Proud Podcast features a discussion on a hot topic for both consumers and agriculture producers today. At the end of 2016, we will see the mandatory implementation of rules that will change how antibiotics are used in livestock. Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs) are a result of changes to FDA’s Guidances … Continue reading Podcast 003 – Veterinarian on Antibiotics Use in Livestock
When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot. … Continue reading Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm
I am often asked how antibiotics are used in cattle. Every situation is different and every veterinary prescription can change depending on a large number of environmental factors. The following Questions and Answers regarding antibiotics use in cattle come from South Dakota State University Extension. Be sure to visit their page to learn more about … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: How Are Antibiotics Used in Cattle?
If there’s anything positive to note following Subway’s announcement of a new antibiotic-free meat policy, it’s a new wave of farmers publicly sharing more about how they use antibiotics on farms and ranches across the country. While many consumers may be concerned about the use of sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock, such as feeding … Continue reading Ranchers Share Antibiotics Use Following Subway Announcement
Subway announced on Tuesday, it plans to begin serving meat that has never received antibiotics – poultry in 2016, pork and beef six years after that is complete. The sandwich chain makes the move to compete with its rivals and gives in to pressure from activist groups, following recent events that have dampened their PR efforts … Continue reading Subway Removing Antibiotics… And Facebook Comments
Each week, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time, people from across the farming and ranching community gather for a Twitter chat to discuss what is going on in the world of agriculture. A new topic is the center of discussion each week and ranges from cropping systems to livestock news headlines. A moderator posts the … Continue reading #AgChat on Antibiotics Use and Resistance in Livestock