Overfed and Undernourished?

It is common today for Americans to surpass their daily calorie requirements, but not meet their daily requirements for nutrients.  That explains why so many of us are turning out to be overweight, but undernourished.  Like cattle, we need a balanced diet that includes the five nutrient groups: protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins & minerals, and water.  Notice I didn’t mention fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, etc.  We don’t need any of them as such.  We need
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American Beef Goes to China

Earlier this month (June 2017), the U.S. and China confirmed that U.S. produced beef would be exported to China for the first time since 2003.  That’s a 14 year loss of export opportunity to U.S. ranchers, feeders, and packers.   Prior to the ban, the U.S. was the largest supplier of imported beef to China.  What changed in 2003 and in 2017?  When China initiated the ban in 2003, it was “stated” that it was over
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What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)?

The “Veterinary Feed Directive” is a new document that better allows the government to audit the use of oral antibiotics used in Beef Production. Why do we care? Well, there is concern both in animals and humans that we are seeing a rise in bacteria that are becoming resistant to our commonly used antibiotics.
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Male Meat?

While sitting at a sidewalk cafe last week, a older woman at another table struck up a conversation.  She seemed lonely and wanting to talk to someone, anyone.  Having a difficult time hearing  because of the sound from the fountain,  I got up and walked over to her table. “You look familiar, where do you work”, she asked.  I explained that I taught Animal Science classes at the local Community College for 20+ years.  As
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The Great American Cattle Shoot

Awhile back a blog post came across the desk discussing the horrors of cattle handling procedures during processing. The blogger was particularly offended by the use of the “cattle shoot”. Confused, I kept reading, all the while wondering who in the world was out there shooting cattle and why would they bother processing cattle they were going to shoot? Are you as confused as I was by now? After reading the whole article a couple
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What Children Know About Food

Guest blog by: Dr. Tiffany Lee, DVM A few months ago I was asked to create a PowerPoint presentation for children. The subject was to be “Where our food comes from.” Easy enough, right? I thought so too. As it turns out, the task was far from easy. I started by opening the PowerPoint program. I titled the first page “Where our food comes from.” I was rolling along pretty well, huh? Then it hit
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Change inconvenient but necessary (commentary)

By: Dr. Neville Speer Originally published on: July 29, 2014 – Feedstuffs FoodLink Blog CHANGE is difficult. Deep down, we’re all inherently reluctant to embrace any type of shift and tend to regress back to our established habits and behavioral patterns. Nobody describes that better than Walter Bagehot — who often wrote about the importance of “breaking the cake of custom” — when he said: “One of the greatest pains to human nature is the
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Mowing the Grass

  You probably mow your grass every week or so in the summer, but have you ever thought of harvesting a corn field as mowing grass?  That’s exactly what it is because CORN IS A GRASS.  A member of the grass family, corn is the largest grass plant grown for food production and the most efficient.  It produces more nutritional energy per acre than any other cultivated crop or native pasture.  When someone says cattle
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Do Cattlemen Have a Magic Needle?

  Perception is a problem when it becomes someone’s reality.  In this case, we’re talking about the public’s perception that beef producers and their veterinarians rely heavily on the use of antibiotics to keep their cattle healthy.  It’s a problem because consumers are worried about the safety and nutritional value of the meat they buy and often envision cattlemen spending their day injecting all their cattle with “something that must be bad!”   We would
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