Why this newsletter and blog exists:
Animal science researchers are making discoveries daily and sharing this important data with the world, through research journals. They do this so we can learn from their findings and improve how we do our jobs.
But there is a big problem...
When was the last time you read a research journal article?
The most common response that I get when I ask this question is "never", but some say "rarely". This seems common for a majority in our industry. So what gives?
Why do people not read about the research that is being published?
Don't we all want to be the best seedtsock rancher, feedlot manager, backgrounder, or commercial producer that we can be?
There are many reasons why we do not read these papers.
- Hard to read with all the scientific jargon
- Hard to access with the journal paywalls
- Hard to find the time with long and exhaustive reports
- Hard to apply what you read due to the lack of actionable steps
- Hard to stay up-to-date with endless numbers of publications
- And many other reasons...
It is no wonder that we choose to sit down and read the newspaper with breakfast instead of some journal articles. Many of us just don't have the time, energy, or background to make sense of all these complicated papers.
So what is the purpose of Research to Ranch then?
The problem that I discussed above is why this blog/newsletter exists - to help you keep up to date with research and learn how to use it to better your cattle business.
It took a university class for me to learn how to read and break down research papers. I do not consider it fair to require a graduate-level curriculum to learn from these researchers in order to become better at our jobs.
So, I want to share what I learn from these papers with you and others so that we can all gain value from the research that scientists conduct.
The mission of this newsletter:
The disconnect between the research conducted and the findings implemented has existed for too long.
It’s time that this is changed!
Together, let's bridge the gap between discovery and deployment.
This blog, and its newsletter, exist to make you the best rancher, backgrounder, or feedlot manager around. We do this by summarizing new cattle-related research each week by breaking it down into digestible, relatable, and useful ideas for you to use in your operation.
We know your time is valuable and limited so we added our TL;DR (too long; didn't read) section, where the main takeaways are summarized in just a few bullet points. This ensures no matter how many cattle you need to feed, pastures you need to rotate, or calves you need to wean, you can still get your weekly R2R update read.
The goal of this publication is to help cattlewomen and cattlemen, like yourself, improve their operations by making research more relatable, applicable, and attainable. All in an effort to help you stay up to date with topics like reproductive function, nutrition recommendations, management practices, animal health, and much much more.
Our mission is our tagline – Bridging the gap between discovery and deployment.
So please do subscribe so you don't miss a single edition! We look forward to bringing value to your operation.