Beef Quality Assurance; Taking Pride in Caring for Cattle

Protecting consumer confidence in beef. That is the the main goal of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and I had the opportunity to become BQA Certified last week. BQA is an educational training for producers to build awareness of industry standards based on recommended national guidelines and research from USDA and the beef industry. […]

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The difference between antibiotics and hormones

In conversations about animal care and welfare, antibiotics and hormones often get bundled together. They are often associated with one another. But the truth is, they are two very different tools that ranchers and beef producers use. Let me explain the differences. Hormones First and foremost, hormones occur naturally in beef. Hormones are products of […]

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Get Smart About Antibiotics

On our family ranch, we use antibiotics as one tool to keep our beef cattle healthy and well-cared for in order to produce great, quality meat. And we don’t just use antibiotics to use them. We have a herd health program where our cattle get regular medical care, including checkups, that starts with vaccinations to […]

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Reflections and Ramblings from 2015

This year was my first full year “back on the ranch” so to speak and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year even though my family is still in “Christmas Crazy Mode” (three Christmases in three weekends in three states!). But I get to see nearly all of my family, which […]

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Subway revises their antibiotic statement

Subway heard from agriculture. And I was one of them. I went to my local Subway restaurant on Thursday and spoke to the two managers on duty. I think I shocked them a little bit as neither one of them had heard about Subway’s announcement  last Tuesday of sourcing meat never given an antibiotic starting in […]

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A list for Subway: why animals given antibiotics really do provide antibiotic-free meat

Yesterday, Subway restaurants’ announcement that they would be sourcing meat that has never been given an antibiotic starting in 2016 brought with it a fiery social media battle of farmers and ranchers trying to post their opinions and comments on the Subway Facebook page, with Subway deleting comments and upsetting people even more. The decision […]

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Why do we use antibiotics with our beef cattle?

Beef cattle must be healthy and well-cared for in order to produce great, quality meat. And one of the ways that we keep our animals healthy on our ranch is by using antibiotics. We don’t just use antibiotics to use them. On our ranch, we have a herd health program where our cattle get regular […]

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What’s the beef with Big Beef?

“Beef’s Raw Edges”: a series of 16 stories that ran over three-consecutive days recently in the Kansas City Star. This series raised plenty of serious issues including beef safety, nutrition, the use of antibiotics and growth promotants and the environmental impact of feedyards. These issues are all important to their readers – however they have […]

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The kindest cut of meat?

“As Americans plan their Independence Day barbecues,  they should skip the tony sirloins and chops, and opt for what can be the most sustainable, economical, gastronomically flexible and morally responsible cut of meat: ground.” – NY Times Whoa…back that up. Wasn’t ground beef being slandered as “pink slime” a few months ago and now is […]

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Why do we use antibiotics in food animals?

The last few days have been fluttering with information about the Food and Drug Administration announcement last week which called on drug companies to help limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Why is this an issue: The FDA has struggled for decades with how to tackle the problem because it’s so important to […]

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