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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!

The Meet Your Herdmates Sodcast Sodfather

    • Health & Fitness
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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!

    66 Matt Poore, PhD

    66 Matt Poore, PhD

    Matt's a farmer with a day job at North Carolina State University - https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/matt-poore/


    Amazing Grazing: Pasture-Based Livestock Education Program - https://cefs.ncsu.edu/extension-and-outreach/amazing-grazing/


    The Alliance for Grassland Renewal - https://grasslandrenewal.org/ and its newsletter, “Novel Notes” https://grasslandrenewal.org/novel-notes/ 


    Herdmates episodes: Garry Lacefield - https://youtu.be/Nbz19EKgn8Q; Joe Bouton - https://youtu.be/MztSpMXEHrQ  


    NC State Local Grass-Fed Beef Production Guidelines https://cefs.ncsu.edu/resources/nc-state-local-grass-fed-beef-production-guidelines-2016/


    Books (Amazon links) -
    Man, Cattle and Veld by Johann Zietsman https://www.amazon.com/dp/0990467813/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_N080B2WSYZGNG0ZNES5J
    Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture
    by Gabe Brown https://www.amazon.com/dp/1603587632/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_YPZ6R8VWMKS5YY776S3N
    Capturing Sunlight: Skills & Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustainable Pastures, Healthy Soils, & Grassfed Livestock by Woody Lane https://www.amazon.com/dp/0983323828/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_SDV2ZXWG6QKFXK59VEN2

    • 1 hr 19 min
    65 Carl Stafford

    65 Carl Stafford

    Carl Stafford is a forage and grazing management champion. A witness to the changes in agriculture. 
    Carl is a Senior Extension Agent serving Culpeper County, Virginia in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. He's served forage agriculture across the US.
    https://culpeper.ext.vt.edu/staff/stafford-carl.html
    Virginia Forage and Grassland Council - https://vaforages.org/
    Graze 300 VA - https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/graze-300.html
    American Forage and Grassland Council - https://www.afgc.org

    • 56 min
    64 Ben Campbell

    64 Ben Campbell

    Ben Campbell is a: Third- & first-generation rancher; Recovering engineer; Conservationist; and Environmental advocate.


    He's one of the guardians of the grasslands.


    "Since 1970, 84% of grassland species have been lost."


    "If you borrow something, you return it in better condition"


    Grazed Right - https://grazedright.com/


    "Guardians of the Grasslands" - https://guardiansofthegrasslands.ca/


    "Guardians of the Grasslands" Launch Event - https://youtu.be/kbaHn4wPt5Y


    Lost Rivers Grazing Academy - https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/beef/lost-rivers-grazing


    Jim Gerrish & American Grazinglands Services LLC - https://www.americangrazinglands.com/


    Ranching for Profit School - https://ranchmanagement.com/ranching-for-profit-school-2/


    Soil Health Academy - https://soilhealthacademy.org/


    Cattlemen's Young Leaders - https://cattlemensyoungleaders.com/


    Waldron Ranch - http://waldronranch.com/history.html & an article from Canadian Cattlemen - https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/features/historic-ranch-provides-top-grazing-opportunities-for-cattle/


    Engineers Without Borders Canada - https://www.ewb.ca/en/

    • 1 hr
    63 Kristine Tapley

    63 Kristine Tapley

    "Since the '70s we've lost 87% of prairie obligates."


    We've lost four football fields-worth of grassland lost per minute (from 2014-2018).


    Kristine Tapley, Regional Agrologist, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Owner Operator Cow-Calf Operation, Old Shore Cattle Company, Langruth, Manitoba.


    “The thriving beef industry that can compete on that landscape will keep wetlands and grass on the landscape. We also see that this message and that relationship between conservation and cattle that we think is so integral is only missed by the public.”


    "Beef Symposium - Kristine Tapley - Building Resiliency as a Young Beef Farmer: Our Plan So Far" - https://youtu.be/J3KaNC6dwAs


    "Guardians of the Grasslands" - https://guardiansofthegrasslands.ca/


    Ducks Unlimited Canada - https://www.ducks.ca/


    Ducks Unlimited - https://www.ducks.org/


    Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) Certification - https://www.crsbcertified.ca/


    International Year of Rangeland and Pastoralists - https://iyrp.info/

    • 1 hr
    62 Tim McAllister, PhD

    62 Tim McAllister, PhD

    The wonder of the essential ruminant, the treasure of our grasslands.


    Dr. Tim McAllister grew up on his parents’ cow/calf farm in Innisfail, Alberta.  He obtained a B.Sc. (Agr) and M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and microbiology from the University of Guelph, ON.   He accepted an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in 1991 and joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB in 1992.  Dr. McAllister has been a research scientist in Rumen Microbiology, Feed and Nutrition since 1997.  His research focuses on microbiology, nutrition and beef production and on food and environmental safety issues related to livestock production. Dr. McAllister has been recognized internationally for his leadership role and significant contributions to agricultural research and innovation in the areas of ruminant nutrition/microbiology and molecular biology as they apply to animal health, environmental health and food quality for the benefit of the agricultural industry in Alberta, Canada, and beyond.


    Dr. McAllister's profile page - https://profils-profiles.science.gc.ca/en/profile/tim-mcallister-ph-d
    Dr. McAllister's Google Scholar page - https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PQ9tLbUAAAAJ&hl=en

    • 1 hr 5 min
    61 Alan Franzluebbers, PhD

    61 Alan Franzluebbers, PhD

    Organic matter, soil health, soil biology, and soil ecology - the foundation!


    Alan Franzluebbers is a Research Ecologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC.  He has more than 30 years of research experience starting with a master’s program in Nebraska, PhD in Texas, post-doctoral position in Alberta Canada, and as a full-time soil scientist in Georgia and now in North Carolina.  Research is being conducted on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems.  Soil health methodologies and soil organic carbon sequestration are tools often used to interpret the effects of management on soil resources.  Recent areas of research are in multi-species cover cropping, agroforestry, integrated crop-livestock systems, nitrogen management, and conservation-tillage cropping.  Alan is a Fellow of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Forage and Grassland Council, and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Soil Science Society of America.


    "Know Soil Know Life" - https://www.soils4teachers.org/know-soil-know-life/

    • 1 hr 5 min

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