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Working on Better Animal Care Standards- A Visit With Dan Thomson

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 5:48:30 CDT

Working on Better Animal Care Standards- A Visit With Dan Thomson

We continue our conversation with Dr. Dan Thomson of Kansas State University, who continues to promote the idea of a "Better Housekeeping Seal of Approval" on the ways we handle beef and care for our animals. Thomson wants the industry to have a North America Animal Standards Organization that can accomplish three things for the beef industry- all in an effort to fend off efforts by groups like HSUS from telling cattle producers how to raise their animals.

Thomson says that, first of all, we need to develop a funding source for research on best management practices for beef cattle handling- that's important to make sure good science is at the heart of any changes in the way we work and handle cattle. Secondly, he says it is vital that we develop efficient and effective ways to measure and assess these best management practices. If we can measure how we are doing, we can continue to make progress that those outside the beef production business will be able to see and be comfortable with. And Thomson says the third key in this process is to develop easy ways to transfer this research to producers through training of everyone that is involved in handling cattle along the beef pipeline.

Thomson provided us this update on today's Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today. Just click on the Beef Buzz button found on the left hand side of any page on this website.

Today's Beef Buzz is part two of an interview that we did with Thomson- yesterday on the Beef Buzz- we heard from him on how we are producing beef for "first world countries" who are full of affluent people who have the luxury of not being hungry and not having to worry if they will have enough to eat next year or next week. When a country is prosperous- compared to a third world country- it opens consumers up to listening to the message of anti- meat groups like HSUS who want to end animal agriculture in the US. You can hear part one of our conversation with Dr. Thomson- click here to jump to that Beef Buzz with him on this idea of producing beef for First World Countries.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dan Thomson of K-State.
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