(Cyndee) No doubt cattlemen are producing more with less, but they’ll have to keep on their game. (Catlett) If we are going to feed 9 billion people like we do right now 7.2 billion people, we have very intensive, efficient operations. When I went to college, it used to be 6-8 pounds of feed to get a pound of beef, but operations now do it in 3-4. We have seen fabulous efficiencies and it is done by intensive management of live stock. (Cyndee) Applied technology allows the cattle community faster progress. Today DNA sampling helps cattlemen look at each animal and adjust management accordingly. That promises to bring out the best in each cow and breed. (Catlett) So we move to a situation where we just do instead of saying it’s a herd of cows, we need to do this, every individual animal will be monitored and given regimes and the next generation that comes on that from people that grow corn and soybeans and feed grains is not just corn that will produce more ethanol, we will produce more corn that produces ethanol, but we will also produce a corn that has more of these enzymes and these particular things that Angus cattle might process better, but an individual cow might not process it as well as the breed will or vice versa. (Cyndee) Quicker genetic progress plus improved efficiency spell good things for the future, Catlett says. (Catlett) We are just doing what mother nature did slowly, or we did in agriculture slowly with molecular genetics, we can just do it like that and we are not doing anything other than what mother nature does by natural selection. We just do it faster. (Cyndee) The takeaway: to feed the world’s growing population farmers and ranchers must embrace new tools. I’m Cyndee Campbell.