Farming and ranching continue to be one of the most dangerous occupations with more than 28 deaths per 100,000 workers every year, not accounting for those under the age of 16. Most farm accidents occur with tractor work, but don’t discount the risk of working with unpredictable live animals. Two of the major contributing factors … Continue reading Considerations for Accident Prevention When Handling Livestock
I'll be the first to admit, I didn't really care for my livestock entomology course in college. Fortunately for us, there are people who love the subject and work to study the flies and biting pests that we often find during these long, hot summer days. On Episode 014 of the Agriculture Proud podcast, I … Continue reading Livestock Pests with Bayer Entomologist | Agriculture Proud Podcast 014
There's an app for everything, almost. Now cattle farmers and ranchers can add being able to manage their cowherd breeding schedules to that list! This is an exciting to have accessible because one hesitation for cattle producers to adopt better management in their breeding programs is complicated scheduling. This is one tool that may help … Continue reading Mobile App Guides Beef Cattle Breeding Management
"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 … Continue reading How are antibiotics used in cattle? What room is there for improvement?
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 despite cold weather farming issues. Let me know if you've seen other ag blog posts talking about working in the bitterly … Continue reading Frostbite on their teats and other cold weather farming issues
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 Antibiotics Use in Cattle Feedlots | Ask A Farmer
One of the most frequent questions I receive relative to livestock production often includes some aspect of antibiotic use. This has been a hot-topic in the food and farm dialogues over the past few years and one that draws a lot of criticism from consumers concerned about antibiotic resistance. Are farmers and ranchers going to … Continue reading Is Antibiotic Resistance due to Livestock drug use?
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 … Continue reading Atlas Blizzard Costs South Dakota Ranchers and Area Economy $1.7 Billion
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 … Continue reading Update: How to help ranchers affected by Atlas Blizzard
Native Kansan with a passion for K-State, agriculture, rodeo and free speech. Two-time K-State alumna with a background in animal science, rodeo and some livestock production combined with a tremendous love for writing and communicating. I find joy in the simple things: college sports, hot chocolate, ‘me time’ and a close circle of … Continue reading Ag Proud Outsider