Animal Rights: Addressing the Concerns

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2009-02-28
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Walker, Elizabeth
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Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference
Iowa Beef Center
The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is one of the longest running and most successful conferences of its type in the Midwest. For over forty years, the conference has provided an opportunity for producers, researchers, and over 70 industry representatives to come together to explore current topics and issues. This concentrated one-day conference focuses on management and production practices that contribute to making the cow-calf business profitable and competitive on a long-term basis.
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In the US today, less than 2% of the population is actively engaged in agriculture. As a result, the American public may have lost its basic understanding of how food is produced, transported, manufactured, and delivered to their grocery stores. In my college classes, non‐ agricultural students have expressed shock when they learned that “dairy bulls do not produce milk” and have asked me “why do you use sale barns” and “do you put in bleach to make cow’s milk white?” I teach agricultural courses at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, located in an area that is 2nd in the nation in cow/calf production. If college age students in Springfield are this naive as to agricultural production, then one has to wonder how out of touch the rest of society is.

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