This summer I put myself through 8 weeks of Organic Chemistry. As an Animal Science major, I amrequired to take several chemistry, biology, and any other “ology” class you can think of. Sometimes I wonder why it is necessary for someone like me, who wants to study beef cattle to learn about Newman projection of molecules, or the official IUPAC nomenclature for organic compounds. How can knowledge of organic chemistry be of any benefit to me as a cattle producer? Or maybe a better question to ask is how does science, specifically scientific advancements in beef production result in a higher quality, lower cost beef product for you to purchase at the grocery store?
In these next few weeks in my blog posts I want to “geek out” and talk about the simple science behind how beef gets from the farm to your fork, and why you should care about what research is being done to make advances in the animal science field.
What I came to discover these past few weeks is that science does matter, even organic chemistry. As we all know, science has led to inventions that have allowed our country and world to make huge advancements. But agriculture has had its fair share of advancements due to science as well.
Many times science and technology are grouped together in the same boat. While they both lead to similar results (a safer, more efficiently produced, higher quality product) I don’t think that they should always be thought of in the same context. We need them both, but science and technology play different roles in the beef cattle industry.
The science of beef cattle can span as broad a range as you want to explore. But these next few weeks I want to focus on reproduction, nutrition, health, and food safety. I will also touch on some new technologies that are being researched and used in beef cattle production that are allowing farmers to reach further in their pursuit of high quality beef production.
Even though I am completely in love with everything science, I am still intimidated by the big words, and concepts that don’t make sense. That’s why I want to break down those barriers and find the simple science behind better beef.
Join me as I start asking the question, “Why does science matter?”