I frequently receive questions about how (of if) beef can be part of a healthy diet. Often times, beef is acquainted with cuts of yesteryear which carried more saturated fat. Thanks to advances in meat cutting to trim excess fat, cattle breeding and feeding, we see more lean beef today than we have in previous … Continue reading Can Beef Be Part of a Diet for Weight Loss and Heart Health?
Over on my Facebook page, a friend asked about my strategy for fueling on my runs. While I don’t have it down to a science, I have found what works for me while running. Asking for fueling advice is like asking for recommendations on the best vehicle, the best travel credit card, or the best trails … Continue reading Running – How do I fuel my runs?
Farmers and ranchers love feeding their cattle. There's just something about going out to the field and emptying a bag of cubes or dropping off a few more protein tubs. This is especially true for livestock producers in the Southeastern U.S. with smaller herds. But does that extra feed pay off in the long run? … Continue reading Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?
Late last year, I set a goal to run a Half Marathon. After completing a few 5k and 10k races, I was hungry for more. So, this Spring, I accomplished that goal by running the Yellowstone Half Marathon. I wasn't competitive for any medals, but I did accomplish my goal of finishing. Following that race, … Continue reading 3 Lessons Learned From My First 3 Half Marathons
This year’s Alltech Symposium offered many great programs during the breakout sessions. Of greatest interest to me were several sessions focusing on the future of animal nutrition. I had the opportunity to attend two of these sessions. The Programs Not Products Ruminant section highlighted the need for livestock nutrition to focus on lifetime performance and … Continue reading Alltech Symposium Breakout Sessions Highlight Advances in Livestock Nutrition Programs
Want to make a first-year graduate student feel really dumb? Put him in a room with several leading researchers in his field of study and ask what he learned. Talk about a challenge. Luckily I didn't have to actually get up and speak, but it was encouraging enough to sit in on the "Think Tank" … Continue reading “Think Tank” on Cattle Reproductive Technology
"The stockman whose training has been solely in the school of experience often holds in light regard that which is written concerning his vocation. Let him remember the facts and truths are the same whether the repository is a book or the human mind. Held by the latter, all perish with the possessor; in keeping … Continue reading Photo Friday: Experience and Knowledge
Much of the country has been blessed with a mild, dry winter, avoiding many of the problems severe winter storms can bring to the cow herd. With this good weather, we can become side tracked and forget about some very important nutritional needs from Spring calving cows. North Dakota Beef Specialist, Carl Dahlen, recently shared … Continue reading Late Winter Cow Management
Last week I received a link to a story from The Daily Beast, an aggregator news website affiliated with Newsweek. The headline was "20 Most Useless Degrees" and wouldn't you know it Horticulture (No.2), Agriculture (No.3), Nutrition (No.10), and Animal Science (No.20) made the list. The website laid claim that the first two degree fields … Continue reading Agriculture – Top 20 Most Useless Degrees?