Country Of Origin Labeling … Not COOL

In a previous blog I mentioned Country Of Origin Labeling amendments (COOL) in passing but now I want to focus on them just a bit more. Scott George, president of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently wrote an article focusing on “The Fallacy of COOL“. In his article, Mr. George points out some interesting aspect of … Continue reading

More about BEEF!

Did you know that Health Canada recommends beef for infants 6 months of age and older as a first food? I have several notes from my travel to Calgary for the International Livestock Congress – Canada and I think it is time I share them! This may be a bit complex for anyone not somewhat … Continue reading

BEEF Facts

It has been a little while since I last posted a new blog, so I thought I would post a few short, bullet-point facts about beef. These facts are selected from the Masters of Beef Advocacy program which I strongly recommend to anyone interested in animal agriculture! It is a great program that gives you … Continue reading

ILC – Calgary

Hello from Calgary, Alberta, Canada! I am spending the rest of the week here attending the International Livestock Congress with 20 amazingly talented young students. We will have the opportunity to interact with each other, industry professionals, and academics and we will get to take in some of the Calgary Stampede! So first thing is … Continue reading

A week at home and played vet twice

After a very busy couple of weeks at Auburn and hosting the 66th Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference, the boss lady cleared me to go home and relax for a week. That lasted about two minutes because the family put me to work as soon as I arrived. The most interesting and nerve-racking job of the … Continue reading

New Rules for Labeling Meat

Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect last week. The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture rules only required … Continue reading

Drought Accelerates Use of Drugs to Beef Up Cattle

Cattle feeders in the U.S. are coping with reduced herds and high corn costs in part by increasing their use of growth-inducing drugs designed to bulk up animals, get more pounds of beef from each carcass and circumvent the drought’s withering effects on the food cycle. Accelerated use of the drugs, known as “beta-agonists,” is … Continue reading

Harvest Facilities at Work

Harvest Facilities at Work You should take a few minutes to read the article and watch the video. It is a bit graphic for small children but parents should watch it, especially if you are concerned about how harvest facilities work.

Let’s Talk Beef Cattle

Today I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Wedowee, Alabama to give a talk at a farm tour and luncheon hosted by the Walker family. A little torrential downpour didn’t stop us! We began the festivities with lunch which included brisket sandwiches served up by the Auburn University Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen. (They were … Continue reading

Eat Local – Be Local!

There is a lot of talk about supporting LOCAL farmers and how consumers need to demand local products. What is local? What are the benefits? What are the disadvantages? Is local food better for me and my family? Today I hope to answer these questions. What is local food? The definition can be tricky depending … Continue reading

Dinner Table Convo with the Fam

So at the dinner table today my grandpa asks me what I am still doing in school and what this research stuff I’m doing is. Can of worms opened after I explained that I am focusing on meat science and food safety. My uncle yells “food safety?!?” The conversation that followed was the best part. … Continue reading

Beef Cattle Handling

Did you know that bruising costs the cattle industry $117 million dollars annually? The Beef Check-off Program and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are working to educate producers on better animal handling to reduce loss due to bruising. One issue which gained media attention in recent years was handling of non-ambulatory or downer cattle. Downer … Continue reading

BEEF U and Steaks

Again late in getting this posted but better late than never! This past weekend the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences put on a Beef Excellence Education For You (BEEF U) program. This program is designed for youth, aged 6 to 18, to spend a day on the Auburn University campus and learn about beef. … Continue reading