Someone forgot to tell me about that part of the deal. I have only been working in my new job at the feedlot for one week and I have not stopped learning. Northwest Texas is awful close to the “No Man’s Land” of Oklahoma, and it sure seems like things run at just a slower … Continue reading First week in the feedlot!
Vasconcelos, J.T. and M.L. Galyean. 2007. Nutritional Recommendations of Feedlots Consulting Nutritionists: The 2007 Texas Tech University Survey. J Anim Sci. 85:2772-2781. A survey conducted by Texas Tech University collected information from 29 consulting nutritionists on nutritional recommendations for feedlot cattle. Previous surveys conducted suggested that a common source of nutrient requirements for beef … Continue reading Review of Nutritional Recommendations of Feedlot Consulting Nutritionists
Growing up on a diversified cattle ranch, I had the great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the cattle business from an early age. I had a deep dive into a large-scale cow-calf and stocker business; our family vacations were traveling to Amarillo, Texas to see our cattle in the feedlots. Despite having such an … Continue reading Agriculture Internships – tips to maximize the opportunities
How many hours per week do you tend to work on average? (Wrong answers only.) Join the discussion on Twitter. May is a busy month. As the days and nights finally begin to warm, things really kick into high gear. Daylight hours become longer and still, I find myself struggling to fit everything into the day. … Continue reading Sharing seasons of life through advocacy
Earlier this year, I found myself in a difficult situation where I could no longer support the values and culture of my employer and chose to leave and take a stand for diversity and inclusion. This provided me with a predicament of a career pivot in the middle of a pandemic. However, this was also … Continue reading Returning to the Ranch in a Career Change
This year has proven to be challenging. I have been presented with opportunities to stand up for the ethics and values I have been taught my entire life. Our communities – whether those be defined by race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or a rural-urban divide – are often passionate about our deeply rooted beliefs, which … Continue reading A word on organizational culture, diversity and inclusion
This week I was invited to join the Farm Traveler podcast for a brief discussion on impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry. I’ve spent much of the past 8 weeks reading everything I can on the impacts to our industry and trying to keep up with the questions coming from farmers, ranchers and beef … Continue reading COVID-19 Impacts on Beef
During the past few weeks, there has been an onslaught of questions about the beef supply chain and how beef is arriving in our grocery stores. Accurate answers to many of these questions are difficult to come by because there is so much uncertainty surrounding our current pandemic. Last week, I had the opportunity to … Continue reading Beef Questions and Answers | Interview with a Nutritionist
Growing up on my family’s cattle ranch, we always had beef in the freezer. While there were other proteins – pork from the neighbors, eggs from chickens in the barn – beef protein was always our primary choice. To be honest, I am still shocked when I meet adults who admit to never having cooked … Continue reading Can beef protein fuel strength for running?
Communication is hard, right? We’ve heard time and again over the past decade the need to “share your story” as it relates to advocacy and reaching consumers to answer questions about where our food comes from and how our food is grown. We try to make communication and advocacy complicated, but it can be broken … Continue reading 3 tips to improve your advocacy skills