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College Student Takes BEEF Editor To Task Over Antibiotic Resistance Article Commented on: 2 years ago (March 12, 2014)

Schedule f--I apolgize for being late to the party. Been putting in a lot of windshield time the past three days and the highway patrol frowns on posting while driving.

I agree. The term "...

U.S. Beef Herd Is Mostly Black But Changing Slightly Commented on: 2 years ago (February 21, 2014)

I was surprised with the birthweight answer as well.So much so, in fact, that I wrote a commentary about it.


McDonald’s & Walmart Demand Sustainable Beef – What Does That Really Mean? Commented on: 2 years ago (January 17, 2014)

Good question, Charlie. However, I don't know the answer. All McDonald's has said publicly up to this point involves only beef.

Burt Rutherford

True Or False: Animal Agriculture Uses 80% Of All Antibiotics Commented on: 2 years ago (December 18, 2013)

Rumensin (monensin) is an ionophore, so it goes into that large bucket of antibiotics that have no impact on human medicine. Bovatec (lasalocid) is another ionophore that is used in cattle...

Doctors, Mothers Responsible For Antibiotic Resistant Bugs Commented on: 2 years ago (December 11, 2013)

Sandkicker--That 80% figure, just like my headline, is both true and false. It will take much too much space to address that here, but I will do so in Friday's BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly.In the meantime...

Beef Prices Set New Record Highs Commented on: 2 years ago (September 20, 2013)

It's easy to confuse consumption with demand, but they're not the same. Yes, consumers are buying, and retailers are selling, fewer pounds of retail beef than they did previously. But that's a...

Good Heifer Development Is All Or Nothing Commented on: 3 years ago (June 18, 2013)

He uses the Igenity test.

Burt Rutherford

Indexing Your Way To Genetic Improvement – Part 1 Commented on: 3 years ago (June 18, 2013)

Joe--You make a very good point; one that Dr. MacNeil also made and that I failed to flesh out in the article. I don't know what the magic number is in terms of herd size--perhaps you or Dr....

Will Genetically Engineered Food Feed A Hungry World? Commented on: 3 years ago (May 10, 2013)

Burt Rutherford responds:
Must be spring. I saw the first rattlesnake of the year last week and now it appears the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) are coming out as well...

Lesser Prairie Chicken Puts Ranchers and Government On Same Side Of Endangered Species Act Commented on: 3 years ago (May 5, 2013)

Excellent points, especially about the need to reform the Endangered Species Act. However, political realities are such that it's not likely to happen.

So here's the salient question: what...

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