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There are many people who know something about ruminant animal agriculture and the essential role it plays in meeting the needs of today’s world and the world of 2050. They’re expertise may be in some aspect of soil, plant, animal or human health. Or it may be in topics related to environmental stewardship, public policy, or sustainable development. The Ruminati is my attempt to introduce them to each other and to make their information more widely known. Welcome to the herd!

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There are many people who know something about ruminant animal agriculture and the essential role it plays in meeting the needs of today’s world and the world of 2050. They’re expertise may be in some aspect of soil, plant, animal or human health. Or it may be in topics related to environmental stewardship, public policy, or sustainable development. The Ruminati is my attempt to introduce them to each other and to make their information more widely known. Welcome to the herd!

    21 - Jimmy Henning, PhD

    21 - Jimmy Henning, PhD

    Extension Forage Specialist, University of Kentucky.
    Academic brother. Fellow forage geek. Photographer.


    What are "Land Grant" Universities?
    What's the Cooperative Extension Service?


    "You're a lot smarter if you listen a lot more than you talk." (I wonder what he meant by THAT? ;-) )
    "When we've got an answer and nobody's doin' it, then you better ask 'Why?'."



    Jimmy Henning is Extension Professor and Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Kentucky. His extension program focuses on hay and haylage production and nutritional quality as well as pasture establishment and management. He is a co-founder of the Kentucky Grazing Schools and the UK Forage Variety Testing program. He led in the implementation of forage variety trials for grazing tolerance to cattle and for preference by horses. He is part of a forage team that is actively serving the Kentucky horse industry through the Equine Pasture Evaluation program. Dr. Henning is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture.


    Jim Gerrish, American GrazingLands Services - https://www.americangrazinglands.com/


    KY Forages YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/VTForages



    Hay Kings facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/237012536788906
    Regenerative Grazing facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/RegenerativeGrazing



    Jimmy's Etsy store - https://www.etsy.com/shop/JCHPhoto

    • 57 min
    20 - L Amber O'Hearn

    20 - L Amber O'Hearn

    "Eat Meat, Not Too Little, Mostly Fat"


    L. Amber O’Hearn, Sodsister and polymath
    Amber has an eclectic background, with academic publications in several fields including theoretical mathematics, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and more recently, evolutionary nutrition and biology. She has been studying and experimenting with low-carb, ketogenic diets since 1997, and is particularly interested in evolutionary constraints and interspecies differences. Amber has been eating a nearly plant-free diet since 2009. 
    Amber's book - https://facultativecarnivore.com/
    Amber on twitter - @KetoCarnivore
    "Survival of the Fattest" by Stephen C. Cunnane - https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/5769
    AHS12 Georgia Ede MD, "Little Shop of Horrors? The Risks and Benefits of Eating Plants" - https://youtu.be/YdRBFiBWQZQ

    • 1 hr 16 min
    19 - Ævar Austfjörð

    19 - Ævar Austfjörð

    Why can't food without a label be nourishing? 
    We can all be an agent for change.


    Meet Ævar Austfjörð, butcher, cook, and soon a farmer!


    Ævar was born in the small town of Húsavík in northern Iceland.  He lived there until he moved away to learn to be a butcher. After 10 years or so, he switched to cooking. He worked mostly in steakhouses until he got into hospital cooking along with studying "special needs cooking." Ævar is qualified as a diet cook. Ævar got into the low carb living in 2012 following a stroke when he was only offered pills to recover but he decided to do his own research.


    Ævar is married to Ása Sif and they have 4 children, two grandchildren, and two dogs. Soon they will have a few cattle chickens and goats!


    Iceland Carnivore Tribe-Kjötætur - https://www.facebook.com/groups/149116042507997

    • 1 hr 21 min
    18 - Rob Cook

    18 - Rob Cook

    Rob Cook, Vice Chair of National Grazing Lands Coalition


    Rob grew up in a small ranching and farming community in the Texas Panhandle. He received a B.S. and a M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Angelo State University. After graduation Rob spent 15 years consulting land managers on improving/maintaining ecological function on grazing lands across the Southern Great Plains.


    Currently, Rob is the Director for Business Development for Bamert Seed Company where he is responsible for developing the strategic plan to deliver high quality native grass, forb, and legume seeds to the agriculture and reclamation industries.


    Rob and his wife Landri raise their 2 children in Farwell, Texas. He helps to manage the grazing plans for the stocker operation on the Bamert Seed farms. The Bamerts graze stockers on their farm of over 4,000 acres with the goal of diversifying the operation while improving soil structure, biotic function, and minimizing erosion. He and his wife are also involved in the management of her family’s dry-land farming and stocker operations in Eastern New Mexico.


    Bamert Seed Company https://bamertseed.com/


    The National Grazing Lands Coalition https://www.grazinglands.org/
    Find a coalition near you https://www.grazinglands.org/find-a-coalition/
    Society for Range Management https://rangelands.org/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    17 - Belinda Fettke

    17 - Belinda Fettke

    "It's not about the science."


    Belinda Fettke is a former Registered Nurse, photographer and the proud co-founder of 'Nutrition For Life' in Launceston which provides medically based nutritional care around Tasmania and Australia. 


    Belinda is also a staunch supporter of the health benefits of Low Carb, Healthy Fat eating and in recent years has taken a more central role in advocating LCHF following the investigation of her husband, Dr. Gary Fettke, by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The investigation focused on Gary’s qualifications to give nutritional advice.


    This investigation (which lasted for more than two years) resulted in Gary being issued a ‘caution’ and being advised; ”In particular, that he does not provide specific advice or recommendations on the subject of nutrition and how it relates to the management of diabetes or the treatment and/or prevention of cancer.” Gary was later cleared of all charges and issued a formal apology from AHPRA.


    Belinda’s site - https://isupportgary.com/


    Belinda’s 2019 Low Carb Down Under presentation - 'Nutrition Science: How did we get here?' https://youtu.be/FTe-eitOJGA


    Banta, J. E., Lee, J. W., Hodgkin, G., Yi, Z., Fanica, A., & Sabate, J. (2018). The global influence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on diet. Religions, 9(9), 251. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/9/9/251

    • 1 hr 10 min
    16 - Eric P. Berg, PhD

    16 - Eric P. Berg, PhD

    Eat LIke a Pig


    Eric P. Berg grew up on a commercial cattle operation just outside of Kindred, ND. He received his BS degrees from NDSU in Animal Science and Ag Education and his MS degree from NDSU in Animal Science. He got his PhD degree from Purdue University., Postdoctoral fellowship at Texas A&M University. He joined the North Dakota State University Animal Sciences Department faculty in 2006.


    Dr. Berg is currently researching the role of meat in the human diet as a means to optimize health and well being.  He is using female pigs as a biomedical model for human females. The National Institute of Health notes that pigs are the best model for studying how food influences physiology, as pigs and humans have the same physiological response to food - both are simple stomached omnivores. 


    Dr. Berg has studied caloric intake, accumulation of fat, and cholesterol levels in pigs fed corn/soy based diets vs ground beef diets. Despite consuming more total feed/food and more calories, the ground beef fed gilts gained less body weight and deposited less subcutaneous fat over the 84 days on test.


    Animal and human diets must contain essential fatty acids and essential amino acids; both of which are in a highly bio-available form in red meat. Lean high quality red mean can contribute to a low glycemic diet and provide essential proteins, and thus contribute to a healthy diet. Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of the benefits will help the North Dakota livestock industry and human health. 


    "Foods of Animal Origin: A Prescription for Global Health" https://academic.oup.com/af/article/9/4/NP/5579410


    “Eating Like a Pig: The Role of Meat in the Human Diet“ https://youtu.be/p_TI4ofQmM4

    • 1 hr 7 min

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