July 28, 2021
Last week, I shared some book titles written by beef industry giants including former BEEF Editor Joe Roybal, who by the way, hired me on as an intern for BEEF back in 2008, for which I’m forever grateful; John K. Matsushima, PhD, world-renowned beef cattle nutrition scientist and distinguished professor; and Nicole Hahn Niman, environmental lawyer.
I promised to give away copies of their books, plus one of my children’s books, as well, and the only requirement to enter was to email me suggestions for future BEEF Daily topics.
Some ideas sent my way included: being a part of the show cattle industry; selling and marketing beef locally; the pros and cons of backgrounding weaned calves or selling directly off the cow; treating pinkeye; tips for effectively communicating with the general public; advice for women balancing careers, parenting, and ranch life; horse slaughter and wild horses on rangelands; matching cattle breeds to the environment; regulations that threaten animal agriculture and how to combat them; low-stress cattle handling; and that’s just a small sampling of the suggestions received.
Thank you all for the great ideas, which will absolutely help me serve you better in the days ahead.
I randomly selected our winners, and they are: Heather Weatherbee, Mike Hiller, Cassie Cowles, and Tauy Scott.
Congratulations, and thanks again to everyone who participated in this fun giveaway!
Be sure to check out my recap of these great books by clicking here.
And now for this week’s Trending Headlines!
Hirtzer writes, “A little-known market, that of young cattle, is signaling that pricey beef could be here to stay awhile. Feeder cattle are animals that have not yet been fattened on corn for slaughter in feedlots. Prices for those on the futures market climbed to the highest since March 2016 in Chicago. The gains followed a survey showing the American herd shrank 1.3% from a year ago.”
“We’re glad to see the executive order,” said rancher Brett Kenzy. “Anti-trust, I feel, is the ultimate fix. It’s been a hundred years since the Packers and Stockyard Act of 1921. It’s this generation’s turn to confront some of these things and look at markets.”
Gecker writes, “When classrooms in California reopen for the fall term, all 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income. The undertaking, made possible by an unexpected budget surplus, will be the largest free student lunch program in the country. School officials, lawmakers, anti-hunger organizations and parents are applauding it as a pioneering way to prevent the stigma of accepting free lunches and feed more hungry children.”
Nelson writes, “Hidden among the dusty roads and cow pastures of northwestern South Dakota lies a new threat to ranchers – rising salinity in the water supply worsening the effects of an already stressful drought. Researchers at South Dakota Mines have been sampling stock dams, which are man-made, earthen impoundments for collecting and holding water, since 2018.”
Landsell says, “This list is packed with classic, straight-shooting burgers and the old-school institutions still making them.”
“After the continuous rise of the global FAO Food Price Index over the last twelve months, June marks the first time in a year of average global food prices decreasing. They're still 25 percent pricier than the 2014-2016 average, on which the index baseline of 100 points is calculated, and 33% higher than in June 2020.”
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.
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