The Meet Your Herdmates Sodcast
49 Isabelle Baltenweck, PhD

49 Isabelle Baltenweck, PhD

April 22, 2021

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 and capabilities differ in terms of accessing and using technologies and practices, also resulting in varied, and sometimes opposite, impact. She has worked at the interface of research and development, working with private sector, farmers’ groups, ministries, NGOs and investors. Her work has a direct relevance to the activities of development practitioners and the private sector, and resulted in publications targeted at that audience. 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) -
ILRI News -
Why Livestock Matter -

48 Nicholas Norwitz, PhD

48 Nicholas Norwitz, PhD

April 20, 2021
Nick on twitter - @nicknorwitz
Nick's story
Nick's new paper in "nutrients" - "Precision Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Prevention in ApoE4 Carriers"
"The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook"
Dr. Nicholas Norwitz is a new shining star in nutrition science. This 25-year-old Ivy League Valedictorian obtained his PhD at Oxford University in just two years and is now pursing his MD at Harvard Medical School. His research expertise is ketosis and brain aging; however, he has published scientific papers on topics ranging from neuroscience to heart disease to gastrointestinal health to genetics to bone health to diabetes.
Nick’s passion for Food as Medicine is founded a personal history. At eighteen years old, he developed severe osteoporosis, a bone disease that crippled his promising running career. Next, Nick developed ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease so severe as to cause him to lose twenty percent of his body weight in weeks and end up in the palliative care ward of a hospital with a heart rate in the twenties.
Through scientific self-study, Nick discovered his salvation in a ketogenic diet. He reversed his osteoporosis and colitis and is thriving! But Nick is grateful for his apparent misfortunes. In his words, “The most remarkable part of my story is that it’s not unique. The healthcare system isn’t built to address metabolic diseases. For that, we need metabolic medicine rooted in nutrition. My lifelong goal is to help reform the system and educate people. Plus, I’d like to think being a patient has made me a more compassionate person.”
47 Nina Teicholz

47 Nina Teicholz

April 15, 2021

"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 professional.” In the BMJ (British Medical Journal), the journal’s former editor wrote, “Teicholz has done a remarkable job in analysing [the] weak science, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency” of nutrition science.
"The Big Fat Surprise was named a 2014 *Best Book* by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal."

While most folks from the human nutrition & metabolic health side of the Ruminati Herd will be familiar with her, "Big Fat Surprise," and her continuing work, she's always worth listening to!
"Nina  is a professor (adjunct) at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the  Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition (a group devoted to evidence-based nutrition policy), an investigative science journalist and author. Her international bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat–especially saturated fat–and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy."
Nina's full bio -
Nina on Twitter - @BigFatSurprise
Nina’s website -
The Nutrition Coalition website -

46 Fred Provenza, PhD

46 Fred Provenza, PhD

April 13, 2021

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 committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities.

The many awards he received for research, teaching, and mentoring are the creativity that flowed from warm professional and personal relationships with over 75 graduate students, post-doctoral students, visiting scientists, and colleagues. Along with colleagues, he authored over 250 publications in scientific journals and books. His first book was Foraging Behavior. He co-authored a second book with Michel Meuret, The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders. His latest book, Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom, will be published by Chelsea Green in November of 2018. He has been an invited speaker at over 400 conferences.

“Nourishment” -


Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory

45 Jeff Goodwin

45 Jeff Goodwin

April 8, 2021

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 ( Before joining the Noble Research Institute in 2016, Jeff was the state rangeland management specialist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Temple, Texas. Prior to that, he worked as the NRCS state grazing land specialist and provided leadership and coordination to the Texas Grazing Land Coalition ( During his 14-year career with NRCS, Jeff worked in multiple locations in Texas as a rangeland management specialist helping producers and landowners meet their management objectives. Previously, Jeff worked as a research associate in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Service Range Animal Nutrition Program in Vernon, Texas. Jeff was raised in Northeast Texas but has spent the majority of his life in Central Texas.

44 Kit Pharo

44 Kit Pharo

April 6, 2021

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 while implementing ways to increase beef production per acre – as compared to beef production per cow.

During the last 35 years, Kit has grown his ranch into a very profitable family operation. Pharo Cattle Company produces and markets over 1000 forage-developed bulls every year. Over the years, Kit has come up with several no-nonsense ways to put profitability back into ranching. He is internationally known as a successful rancher and businessman. He publishes a quarterly newsletter that is sent out to over 22,000 people. He also sends out weekly emails to over 17,000 people. To subscribe to his free newsletters and emails, visit:

The Pharo Cattle Company website -

Call 800-311-0995 or send your request to

43 Scott Flynn, PhD

43 Scott Flynn, PhD

April 1, 2021

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 deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the middle of his Master’s program while at the University of Kentucky.  Scott currently works for Corteva Agriscience as the Zonal Biology Leader for Pasture and Land Management in North America.  Over his career Scott has focused on development of new herbicide products to improve broadleaf weed control in forage systems, the economic benefits of weed control on cattle production, the management of fescue toxicosis with chemical seed head suppression, and the removal of invasive plant species in wildlife areas and rights-of-way.
Disrupting Pasture Management: The Profit-per-Acre Approach -
Corteva "Effective and Sustainable Pasture Management" -

42 Gary Taubes

42 Gary Taubes

March 30, 2021

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( 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 numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the first print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).

41 Dr. Ted Naiman, MD

41 Dr. Ted Naiman, MD

March 25, 2021

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 -
On Twitter and Instagram - @tednaiman
Burn fat not sugar -

40 Amanda Radke

40 Amanda Radke

March 23, 2021

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 Speaking Champion and National Beef Ambassador, Radke has spent the last 15 years on the road fighting for the agriculture, rural America and the western way of life. She believes food security is national security, and her work is focused on keeping producers on the land and ensuring every citizen has access to safe, affordable and nu-tritious food in this country.

When she’s not blogging or speaking, Radke is penning agriculturally-accurate children’s books to help promote agricultural literacy in schools. Her titles include, “Levi’s Lost Calf,” “Can-Do Cowkids,” “A Home Run For Peanuts” and “The Soil Quilt.” Radke is determined to teach kids about where their food comes from to help the upcoming generation of consumers be both in-formed and empowered at the grocery store. 

Learn more about Amanda (and get Beef garb!) at

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition -
National Ag in the Classroom -
Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota -
South Dakota Grassland Coalition -
The Leopold Conservation Award Program -

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