Arizona Cattle Ranch and Feedlot Tour

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

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Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter

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

Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm

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

National Geographic Features Cattle Feedlots | Podcast

Meat is murder. Meat—especially beef—is cigarettes and a Hummer rolled into one. For the sake of the animals, our own health, and the health of the planet, we must eat less of it. Meat is delicious. Meat is nutritious. Global demand is soaring for good reason, and we must find a way to produce more … Continue reading National Geographic Features Cattle Feedlots | Podcast

What happens in a cattle feedlot – Explaining Aerial Images

What’s really going on in the feedlots you see on television or in google images? Google cattle feedlot aerial photos and you come up with a number of results that describe the “horrors of industrial beef”. People like to make these images out to be scary and damaging for conventional cattle operations. Even when an … Continue reading What happens in a cattle feedlot – Explaining Aerial Images

What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot – People Behind The Beef

(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. … Continue reading What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot – People Behind The Beef

What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot – My Introduction As A Kid

So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough … Continue reading What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot – My Introduction As A Kid

Ask A Farmer: Use of Antibiotics in Cattle Feedlots

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

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

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 … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Cattle Feedlots and the Environment