Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baxter Black - SUSPICIOUS OF THE GOOD COW MARKET

It would be an eye opener for a good portion of consumers to spend a day with a Washington feedlot operator, Illinois corn grower, Georgia seed stock producer, Utah rancher or an Arkansas cotton farmer.  To see computer projections of average daily gain, soil testing, laser leveling, vineyard irrigation systems, dairy genetic selections, swine and poultry’s meticulous ration calculations and the voluminous scientific research being used in all phases of agriculture.

The corn seed or semen sample that is put to work on our farms and ranches every day has as much technology behind it as a satellite on its way to Mars.  But the trusting consumer doesn’t see all that.  They only see us driving a grain truck out to the mill or taking a trailer load of feeders to the sale.  We, in our greasy overalls or well-worn cowboy hat, are the tip of the technological, tried and trusted, diligent, essential iceberg that puts food on their table.

For more see Baxter Black's column On the Edge of Common Sense

5 comments:

  1. Baxter Black is the cowboy poet.

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    1. Cowboy poet, philosopher and sometime veterinarian and sorry cattle feeder

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  2. I just finished The Omnivore's Dilemma....thought I knew a little....come to find out I know nothing about what is going on!

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  3. Sounds like I need to read that book.

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  4. nice posting.. thanks for sharing..

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