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

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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 … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: What do feedlot cattle eat?

Ask A Farmer: What is a cattle feedlot?

What is a factory farm? What is a CAFO? What is a feedlot? These and numerous other questions are some that I receive on a weekly basis pertaining to cattle production. I have spent most of my life becoming better acquainted with many aspects of cattle production. Over the next several posts, I hope to … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: What is a cattle feedlot?

The Face Of Food Production

Factory Farm. Big Ag. Corporate Agriculture. CAFO. These are just a few of the terms used by those who oppose large business agriculture in today's food production. Let's face it, agriculture is made of many different farms, ranches, and operations, none of which are exactly the same. Some may be owned by families, others by … Continue reading The Face Of Food Production