I've had response from all over the U.S. following Clint Peck's two-part story on bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) in the March and April issues of BEEF. Obviously, people have been searching for answers and your story has contributed to a better understanding of BVD. This is real progress in educating the producer.
University of Nevada — Reno
Check Out Cowboy Church
Thanks for speaking out in the March issue “Editor's Roundup” (“Environmentalism Finds God,” p. 4). It's hard to believe that in this wonderful nation so many have traded in a genuine concern of stewardship for the emotion-based views of political activists. Sadly, these emotions have taken deep root in our churches' leaderships — both Protestant and Catholic.
I am co-administrator of a Cowboy Church outreach in southwest Iowa — a ministry that reaches into eastern Nebraska, northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. In a little more than three years, our mailing list has grown to almost 800 homes. We have meetings every six to eight weeks at the fairgrounds in Clarinda, IA. In summer months, we travel to several county fairs and town festivals to provide an old-fashioned Cowboy Church meeting.
Cowboy Church is very Bible-based — we leave our opinions at the door. We encourage everyone attending to get into God's Holy Word, a local church, and become active, knowing it is the only way to sort out the truth.
We'd like permission to make the editorial available at the next several meetings. It would be a powerful addition for the many rural folks on the Cowboy Church circuit.
Anyone wishing more information about Cowboy Church can write us at Pine Ridge Farms, 2963 X Avenue, Braddyville, IA 51631.
M. Scott Davison
Enjoyed Brazil Coverage
After reading BEEF magazine's April issue coverage on Brazil (“Touring Brazil,” p. 58), I'd like to share my thoughts on South America. My husband and I went with a small group to Argentina in early January to visit seasonal dairies and a couple of cattle farms. Our impressions of Argentina were similar to yours of Brazil.
There seems to be an unlimited amount of land for grass and cultivation but to be successful more than land is needed. The economic and political climates leave much to be desired.
The infrastructure must be improved before production can be increased. Some areas we visited had power lines running alongside the main road, but no branches to the remote farms. In addition, many of the roads are impassable during wet weather.