Burt Rutherford

Senior Editor, BEEF Magazine

Burt has nearly 30 years’ experience communicating about beef industry issues. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works from his home base in Amarillo, TX, in the heart of cattle feeding country. He worked as communications director for the North American Limousin Foundation and editor of the Western Livestock Journal before spending 21 years as communications director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Apr 08, 2014

Can The Beef Industry Get Along?

Perusing the comments from several recent blog posts points out several things—we’re a very diversified business that encompasses people with a wide....More
Mar 17, 2014

Talking Technology With Non-Technical Consumers

The debate surrounding how the beef industry should respond to activist attacks has been going on for quite some time, and it seems we're no closer....More
Mar 10, 2014

College Student Takes BEEF Editor To Task Over Antibiotic Resistance Article

The issue of antibiotic resistant pathogens is emotional, and particularly so when antibiotic use in animal agriculture is implicated. Antibiotic....More
Feb 25, 2014

Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders

In spite of a $9 million carrot, the National Beef plant in Brawley, CA, will close....More
Feb 04, 2014

Beef Stomach Could Be The Gold For U.S. Beef In China

One billion of anything is a lot. When it comes to China and beef stomachs, that’s good news....More
Jan 31, 2014

Anti-Technology Proponents Actually Cause Millions To Starve

It’s easy to become jaded as you drive past those people on the corner holding a cardboard sign. But food security is a real issue, and we in....More
calving ease selection tips
Jan 07, 2014

Despite All The New Selection Tools, Calf Birthweight Still Rules?

A recent survey by BEEF shows a bull’s actual birth weight is the most important trait for bull buyers....More
antibiotic use in cattle
Dec 12, 2013

True Or False: Animal Agriculture Uses 80% Of All Antibiotics

Animal agriculture is often accused of misusing and overusing antibiotics. Is it true?....More
who is to blame for antibiotic resistance
Dec 09, 2013

Doctors, Mothers Responsible For Antibiotic Resistant Bugs

Antibiotics are essential for human health and animal health alike. But antibiotic resistant pathogens will only be managed if everyone--cattlemen,....More
Nov 05, 2013

Horse Slaughter, Horse Welfare A Victim of Legal Maneuvering

In a surprise ruling, a New Mexico judge threw HSUS out of court and allowed horse slaughter in the U.S to resume. Will the amount of harm and abuse....More
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