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A genetically modified organism?

Written by Harold Hafs

When this photo (#4409, Oscar Hafs with “Windrow Golden Jim” on the Hafs’ farmstead) was taken in 1954, most dairy cattle were bred by a bull on a farm. Typically, a single bull could service a herd with 30 to 40 cows and the replacement heifers. More bulls were needed proportional to the numbers of cows. While every farmer endeavored to choose bulls thought to be genetically superior, we now know chances were not good any one of these bulls would transmit superior milk production. Read more


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Have you tried the kangaroo jerky?

The December 8 “Snack and Fact” briefing, hosted by the American Society of Animal Science, offered insights and non-traditional solutions for meeting the protein needs of a growing world population, as well as a taste of the unusual. Read more

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