A growing body of evidence suggests that supplementing cows during pregnancy offers benefits far beyond just cow body condition. And things are happening in a land far away from your pastures that may change the beef business for the good.
The DGAC’s move away from nutrition and science in in order to advance a philosophy and agenda under the great “sustainability” umbrella sent shock waves throughout our industry and the scientific community in general....More
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendation to avoid red meat is based on outdated nutritional science and an erroneous assumption that beef production isn’t environmentally friendly....More
Much of the national news media is abuzz this week about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and email address during her service as U.S. Secretary of State. Some say this breach of transparency by the presumptive Democrat nominee for president will hurt her chances if she decides to run in 2016. This week’s online poll is: “Will Hillary Clinton’s private email setup hurt her election chances in 2016?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments voting....More
The Society for Range Management (SRM) and ranchers and range professionals who participate in SRM are doing wonderful things with grazing to improve rangeland and plant biodiversity. The problem is that the public does not know anything about it...More
President Obama recently said the long-term threat of climate change far outweighs that of terrorism. This week’s online poll asks: “Is climate change or terrorism our greatest long-term threat?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting....More
The 113th session of Congress, which concluded at the end of 2014, was generally regarded as a lesson in dysfunctional government. However, for ranchers grazing cattle on federal lands in the West, there was some good news....More
Congress is currently wrangling over who should control the Internet -- the federal government or the private market. What do you think? Today’s blog looks at both sides of the debate and asks you to be the judge....More
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is charged by the government with developing recommendations for the 2015 update of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time ever, that committee weighed the environmental impact of various foods in arriving at its recommendations. That has meat and food groups, as well as lawmakers, nervous....More
As expected, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that he won’t pursue a second checkoff. USDA Secretary Vilsack accomplished what few people thought possible – he unified the cattle industry and got Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion....More
After losing support from one of the only ag organizations in favor of a second, duplicative beef checkoff program and then losing funding for the idea, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will walk away from his proposal to create a second, government-run beef checkoff program....More
The U.S. has a very long and very sorry record of its ability to effectively deal with immigration policy. For agriculture as a whole and the beef business in particular, this long-running stalemate must be resolved to ensure an adequate labor force....More
As the world turns its thoughts to the holiday season, the news affecting the beef business continues to keep the conversation hopping for cattle producers. Here’s a roundup of a few headlines that made the news.