The Meet Your Herdmates Sodcast

The Meet Your Herdmates Sodcast

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. Their 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 assemble them and introduce them to each other. The goal of this sodcast (see what I did there?) is to make their information more widely known. Welcome to the herd!

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May 6, 2021 56 min

Tangriani holds a doctorate in Agronomy at the Federal University of Paraná and INRAe -FR – Clermont-Ferrand. Her thesis was on nitrogen cycling in integrated crop-livestock systems. In 2015 she served as a visiting scientist in the Soil Management and Ecology team led by Dr. Alan Franzllubers at North Carolina State University. She is a full professor in the Department of Agronomy at the Federal University of Technology –  Paraná ...

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Serendipity in life. Mentors in careers. Importance of forage breeding. Addressing bottlenecks in Southeast US forage agriculture. 

Dr. Joe Bouton earned his B.S. degree at Miss. State Univ., and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Univ. of Florida.  He was a Professor (now Emeritus), Univ. of Georgia; and a Director, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. He now owns Bouton Consulting Group LLC.

Dr. Bouton taught courses in plant breedi...

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April 29, 2021 64 min

Working "...to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems in order to improve the nutrition, health, livelihoods and incomes of the poor." Dr. Adegbola Adesogan is a professor of ruminant nutrition and director of the Food Systems Institute and Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. His research focuses on sustainably increasing animal-source food production and consumption; improving forage producti...

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April 27, 2021 59 min

Benjamin Bikman, Associate Professor at BYU. Author of "Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease - and How to Fight It". Dr. Bikman’s research focus is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that mediate the disruption that causes and accompanies metabolic disorders, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Driven by his academic training (Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and postdoctoral fellows...

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April 22, 2021 58 min

Dr. Baltenweck is a development economist with twenty years of post-doctoral experience in agricultural systems in Africa, South and South-East Asia, with a focus on livestock value chains. Starting her career as a development economist with an emphasis on adoption and impact assessment studies in livestock systems, she has increasingly sharpened her skills in gender and social equity research, looking at how women and men’s needs ...

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April 20, 2021 65 min
Nick on twitter - @nicknorwitz Nick's story https://youtu.be/y2louDfTFt0 Nick's new paper in "nutrients" - "Precision Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Prevention in ApoE4 Carriers" https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/4/1362 "The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook" https://newmediketo.com/dr-nicholas-norwitz/   Dr. Nicholas Norwitz is a new shining star in nutrition science. This 25-year-old Ivy League Val...
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April 15, 2021 68 min

"The executive editor of “The Lancet” wrote, “this is a disquieting book about scientific incompetence, evangelical ambition, and ruthless silencing of dissent that has shaped our lives for decades…researchers, clinicians, and health policy advisors should read this provocative book.” A review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said, “This book should be read by every scientist…[and] every nutritional science profess...

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April 13, 2021 63 min

Fred Provenza is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. At Utah State, Provenza directed an award-winning research group that pioneered understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. Provenza is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers comm...

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April 8, 2021 63 min

Conservation Stewardship Leader and Senior Pasture and Range Consultant Noble Research Institute's dedication to regenerative agriculture. Jeff is a pasture and range consultant in the producer relations program at Noble Research Institute (https://www.noble.org/). Before joining the Noble Research Institute in 2016, Jeff was the state rangeland management specialist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conserva...

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April 6, 2021 58 min

The Ruminati are a bunch of Herd Quitters!

Kit Pharo started out in 1985 by leasing grassland and buying cows. In the beginning, he strived to build a herd that would wean bigger calves. He quickly learned that increasing weaning weights did not increase profit. Therefore, Kit changed his management style to be profit-driven instead of production-driven. He implemented management practices that reduced and eliminated expenses whil...

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April 1, 2021 66 min

Another academic brother! Scott Flynn grew up working on a small family farm in Irvine, Ky that primarily produced tobacco and cattle.  He received a B.S. in Agriculture and a Business Minor from Eastern Kentucky University; a Master’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky; and a PhD in Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University.  He served 6 years in the Kentucky National Guard and was dep...

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March 30, 2021 75 min

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), published as The Diet Delusion in the UK. Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won nu...

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March 25, 2021 74 min

Dr. Ted Naiman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in the department of Primary Care at a leading major medical center in Seattle. His personal research and medical practice are focused on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization. He is the author of ‘The P:E Diet’. The P:E Diet - https://pedietbook.com/ On Twitter and Instagram - @tednaiman Burn fat not sugar - https://www.burnfatnot...

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March 23, 2021 64 min

Amanda Radke is a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Since 2008, Rake has tackled hot indus-try issues on the BEEF Daily blog for BEEF Magazine, where she provides tools and strategies for producers to effectively engage with consumers and counter negative media articles on social media. 

A former National FFA Extemporaneous Speaki...

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March 18, 2021 50 min

Gregory D. Miller, Ph.D., M.A.C.N., Global Chief Science Officer and executive vice president, research, regulatory and scientific affairs for Dairy Management Inc./National Dairy Council (NDC), Rosemont, Illinois as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois. He is also is the Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform, and is recog...

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March 16, 2021 82 min

Ty obtained a PhD in Geography with emphasis in Global Nutrition from the University of California, Davis (USA), where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He is currently based in Washington DC (USA) as a Research Advisor of Knowledge Leadership at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). In this role, he supports programs, research, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge to stakeholders. Hi...

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March 11, 2021 73 min

United States scientist RD Dikeman is the father of a type 1 son, Dave. Together they produce, Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetes University (a series of free videos on YouTube on how best to manage  diabetes). He is also co-founder of TYPEONEGRIT (Low carb for type 1 diabetes), a Facebook group for folks aged between one  to 81 all following a low-carb approach, all with normal blood sugars, all thriving. RD’s  son, Dave, was di...

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March 9, 2021 57 min

Ruaraidh Petre (pronounced Rory Peter) Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. 

Ruaraidh is a Scot with a background in animal production, commercial farming and ranching. After time in farm management, he worked in India on dryland farming systems, followed by Pakistan and Afghanistan where he directed a veterinary training and support program. He then became involved in securing financial support for agricult...

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March 4, 2021 75 min

Dr. Eric Westman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine, and founded the Duke Keto Medicine Clinic in 2006 after 8 years of clinical research regarding low carbohydrate ketogenic diets. He is Past-President and Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and Fellow of The Obesity Society. He is an editor of the textbook: Obesity: Evaluation &am...

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March 2, 2021 59 min

Chad Ellis assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust in March of 2020, leading the organization in its mission to conserve the Texas heritage of agricultural lands, wildlife habitats and natural resources. Prior to that, Ellis served as Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager at the Noble Research Institute (NRI) in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he focused on the important role of stewardship in...

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