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.

Posts by Amanda Radke

May 11, 2015

Celebrating my first Mother’s Day; PLUS: 6 must-read blogs worth sharing

Mother’s Day was Sunday, and this blog post includes six must-read blogs and photo galleries celebrating the special women in our lives....More
May 07, 2015

Family Ranching Series Part 1: Is your family ranching business prepared for a crisis?

In May, we are troubleshooting common challenges family cattle businesses face. This week, we focus on emergency planning. Is your ranch ready for a....More
May 06, 2015

Bored while heat detecting? Check out these 5 resources for breeding success

Whether you love it or loathe it, heat detecting is an important part of getting cows and replacement heifers bred. Here are five great reads on the....More
May 05, 2015

NEW Contest: Let’s kick off May Beef Month with grilling photos

Just in time for May Beef Month, we are kicking off a summer grilling photo contest! Two winners will each take home a Greeley Hat Works cowboy hat,....More
May 04, 2015

5 good reads about Chipotle’s bad move to ban GMOs in its stores

Last week, the burrito chain Chipotle announced that it would no longer serve GMOs in its stores. Here are five good reads worth checking out about....More
Apr 30, 2015

Grazing Series Part 5: Be a good neighbor & maintain your fences with these 3 tips

The grazing season is already underway in some parts of the country and just around the corner for others, but are your fences ready to hold the....More
Apr 29, 2015

Why I disagree with Temple Grandin on reteaching predator instincts in cattle

Temple Grandin recently generated some controversy over her comments that ranchers need to reteach their herds to have better protective instincts....More
Apr 28, 2015

4 tips for dry-lotting beef cattle

Concerned about having enough forages to get through the 2015 summer grazing season? Many producers are considering semi-confinement, or “....More
Apr 25, 2015

3 must-read beef headlines to kick off your Monday morning

This week’s roundup of positive beef headlines includes five myths debunked, a former vegetarian praising the sustainability of beef cattle....More
Apr 23, 2015

Grazing Series Part 4: 7 resources for pasture management in times of drought

Is a serious drought looming, and are you ready for one? In the fourth installment of our April Grazing Series, we revisit seven BEEF magazine....More

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