Tag: Cattle

People Behind The Beef | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

(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. […]

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

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 […]

How are antibiotics used in cattle? What room is there for improvement?

“Who would want to eat beef, especially when you consider all the antibiotics and growth hormones used in raising the cattle.” — Actual comment that represents many online article comments. General consumer sentiment on beef today? Yes or No? If so, what can we do to change this? And I’m not looking for the easy […]

Frostbite on their teats and other cold weather farming issues | CNN Eatocracy

Despite all the cold during the past few weeks, farmers and ranchers across the country have been out and about, taking care of their livestock, and getting things done on the farm and ranch. I wrote an article that looked at several of these cold weather tasks that was published on CNN Eatocracy yesterday. It […]

Antibiotics Use in Cattle Feedlots | Ask A Farmer

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 […]

Atlas Blizzard Costs South Dakota Ranchers and Area Economy $1.7 Billion

Note: The following a release from SDSU and update from this month’s devastating Atlas Blizzard that had an economic impact of $1.7 billion on the area economy. Relief efforts for the affected ranchers continue to flow in while federal disaster aid has been limited and slow in response. Consider checking out the designated Ranchers Relief […]

Update: How to help ranchers affected by Atlas Blizzard

A few days ago, I wrote about the Atlas blizzard that struck South Dakota and surrounding states. That post has links to several news stories and perspectives from the agriculture community. (Be sure to check back, it’s been updated with more links.) This disaster still hasn’t received large national attention, though some media outlets have […]

#FlatRyan Learns About Antibiotics In Milk

Tennessee dairy farmer Ryan Bright, who writes Silo Skies, took us up on the offer to host Flat Ryan on his farm! And Ryan Bright’s secret agent cows from The Udder Side¬†watched what he was up to and they prepared the following blog post on it. ¬†Thanks Ryan! And we hope all of you enjoy […]

It’s not a trip home without…

Last week I had the opportunity to make a quick trip back to Arkansas to see family and friends. It was my first visit since Christmas and it seems like 5 days flew by entirely too fast. With every trip home growing farther apart these days, I always have a brief list of things that […]

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