Number 1000 for me
I had been holding off for something good to write about for 1000, but I thought that this was more interesting than anything that I could write. I have been one of Stan's customers for at least 15 years, and I have talked to him on the phone once or twice, but I don't really know him. He is one of the countries leading experts on farm (not range) sheep production.
I don't always agree with him, but he always presents a good arguement. His take on how we will get to more expensive carbs, and cheaper protein (except from hogs and chicken) was, at least to me, interesting. It hasn't happened yet. Today I paid 1.99 per lb for skinless chicken breast, I didn't buy the whole cut up chix at 89 cents/lb. IMO, that is cheap.
BTW when I mention range vs farm sheep production, range is as depicted in "Brokeback Mountain". Farm production is generally with smaller flocks that are rotated into a new fresh green pasture every day or two. Most of the innovations in farm sheep production have come from New Zealand and Europe. Stan as much as anyone, has brought the new methods to the USA.
Stan does not mention sugar ethanol. For years, the American public has put up with expensive domestic sugar, but I don't know if the American public will put up with expensive USA produced ethanol, when Brasil can produce it cheaper. Today Brasil can not export sugar or ethanol to the USA without a big tax.