A fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD, Amanda grew up on a purebred Limousin cattle operation in which she and husband Tyler are active. She graduated with a degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University and was active from a young age in advocacy for the U.S. beef industry. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of a young FFA member who led a walkout of several thousand members from a Carrie Underwood concert in 2006 in protest of the country singer’s anti-meat positions and association with the Humane Society of the U.S. That young person was Amanda. She’s the 2006 National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking champion, and the 2006 National Beef Ambassador. And she’s served previous internships with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service in Washington D.C, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, and BEEF magazine. On BEEF Daily, Amanda provides timely industry news and commentary from the unique perspective of a young professional committed to a life in production agriculture and invites readers to join in the discussion.

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Nov 12, 2015

4 tips for feeding poor quality hay

What should producers do with all of that rained on hay? What other feedstuffs can be added to dilute poor-quality hay? Here are 4 tips for feeding....More
Nov 11, 2015

5 priorities to consider when estate planning

With the holiday season approaching, many ranch families will soon be together. Thanksgiving dinner may not be the best time for estate planning, but....More
Nov 10, 2015

First comes love, then comes cattle — and other marriage advice

What is the best advice you would give to a newly-married ranching couple? Today’s blog offers 5 pieces of advice to my sister- and brother-in-law,....More
Nov 09, 2015

Is it time for ag advocates to switch gears?

Which five messages do agricultural advocates need to ditch? What strategies can we implement to more effectively communicate with consumers? Today’s....More
Nov 05, 2015

Cattle market predictions; PLUS: 3 components of the cattle cycle

Are you bearish or bullish on the cattle market? Do you think the beef industry will continue to follow the traditional cattle cycle? Here are our....More
Nov 04, 2015

Do you have security to protect against cattle rustlers?

Cattle rustling is on the rise, thanks to high cattle prices and the spread of heroin and meth to rural areas. Is your ranch protected against theft?....More
Nov 03, 2015

WHO backpedals on red meat/cancer link

After the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that consuming red meat and processed meat increases cancer risk, media headlines....More
Nov 03, 2015

New iBook offers latest information on emerging cattle business trends

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension has released an iBook titled, “Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production” that includes the....More
Oct 29, 2015

3 tips for rumen development in weaned calves

For producers who will background weaned calves this fall, it’s important to remember gut health and know it all goes back to the rumen....More
Oct 28, 2015

3 ways to disprove IARC on red meat & cancer link

In light of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) announcement that red meat and processed meat causes cancer, here are pages of....More
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BEEF Daily Blog is produced by rancher Amanda Radke, one of the U.S. beef industry’s top social media “agvocates.”

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