The following is a perfect example of how far removed people living in tech bubbles like Silicon Valley have gotten from knowing where and how the food they eat is produced. Apparently, someone writing for Yahoo! Education made statements to the effect that college degrees such as animal science and horticulture are useless.
Jasmine Dillon, a student at Texas A&M University is using her creativity to fight back and advocate for those who have pursued the noble calling to feed our nation and the world. Be sure to check out her video below.
Also, if you are one of those who hasn’t given up on producing the ultimate protein source – BEEF – then be sure to attend the Dollar Diamond D Fleckvieh Dispersal to be held near Russellville, Arkansas this coming Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21, 2012. Come take advantage of the years of hard work and breeding diligence carried out by owners Kent & Glenna Dollar. Dollar Diamond D along with Allan Roberts’ Indian Valley Ranch will be selling their Full Fleckvieh registered cattle, semen and embryos in their entirety. If you can’t be there live, watch and bid online at DVAuction.com.
I used to think it would be quiet the privilege if one of my children deviated from my genetic material and turned out to be super intelligent. Intelligent enough to receive an invitation to study at Harvard would have been the ultimate compliment.
Anymore though, I’m starting to have my doubts. Seems like every time I turn around, there is another study coming out of Harvard (or Yale, or ‘insert name’ of any other liberal, arrogant, Northeast based institute of higher learning) that seems geared more toward advancing a left leaning agenda and less about disseminating useful information.
Take the recent study published by the Harvard School of Public Health lead by Dr. An Pan, a prominent biochemist and molecular biologist. It seems Dr. Pan would have us believe that since a group of nurses, operating in a high stress environment and eating a poor, unbalanced diet (read fast food on the go) had a higher incidence of coronary and cancer issues, that those health concerns were somehow linked to red meat consumption and that we should all beware. These finding were not discovered using blood work in a lab, but rather by the subjects answering questions on a survey. Again, I’m no brain trust. But if I were going to slander an entire industry and call it research, I think I would at least gather some physical evidence to support my case. Unfortunately, since perception carries more weight than reality with the general public, those of us involved in animal agriculture once again are finding ourselves on the defensive.
The folks at Livestrong.com know a little bit about cancer and coronary health. Inspired by Lance Armstrong, the organization puts out a wealth of information and useful tools relating to health, exercise and nutrition. Adam Bornstein is the editorial director and writes regularly on issues relating to fitness and nutrition. He has a much different perspective about red meat and explains it well in an article entitled: Are Burgers Healthy? Why Red Meat is NOT Bad for You.
I, for one, am resolved to ignore the intelligentsia and am going on the offense. A couple of days ago, I received on my porch a package of rib-eyes and filet mignons from Nolan Ryan Beef. They are currently marinating in my secret marinade. The vegetables are cut and ready to roast. The grill is fired up and hot and the red wine is a perfect 65 degrees. It’s spring break at my house and we’re about to enjoy the ultimate in taste and nutrition — BEEF!
How about you?
If you’re in to making your own beef and need some of the right kind of Angus bulls to breed to your cows, then check out the offering at Hales Angus in Canyon, Texas. They will also be selling a select group of females. Their sale will be held this Saturday, March 17 at the ranch in Canyon, Texas. To find out more, study their catalog by clicking here.
You know how there are certain events you look forward to all year long? For me, the obvious ones are the entire holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years, College Football Bowl Games, NCAA Final Four, The Masters Golf Tournament, summer family vacations, the fall sale season, the World Series and many more. However, one that I have really grown to appreciate more each year is the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and especially the opening week that celebrates our Western Heritage and the cowboys and cowgirls who work everyday to keep that tradition alive.
Frankly, I’m envious of some of those great hands who have built the architecture of their lives around the privilege of saddling a horse everyday and ridin’ herd across the vast expanse of ranch land that makes up so much of west Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico.
Thankfully, many of those steady, “salt of the earth” cowboys and cowgirls converge once a year on Cowtown during the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo to demonstrate, exhibit, compete, parade and auction off the very livestock that ties them so closely to the land they love.
If you’re an urban dweller who longs for a taste of that western ranching lifestyle, then there’s no better place to be this weekend than the Will Rogers Memorial Center – the home of the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
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