I have posted this link before but I believe Johann has both the academic and private experience, and has had to make a living as a rancher using the policies he now lectures and consults in. (He lost his ranch during the Zimbabwe land grab). He has been approached to give some lectures in the USA; http://sangacattle.webs.com/apps/forums/topics/show/3169124-grass-feeding-a-whole-new-ballgame-WVGenetics said:As a person involved in university level research and as a beef producer, I understand both sides to this equation. However, everyone must understand a couple things from the university side. First, as this article indicates, you must discern the poorly designed research from the good and then understand that each conclusion is only a very small piece of a very big and complex puzzle. Secondly, university systems are mired in political bureaucracy at all levels. In most cases, they are dependent on grants and donations for research funding and believe me no one will fund anything practical that isn't flashy or has a direct application to human health. It is very hard to do the right research financially and the faculty population is no different than our society. The large majority, even in animal science departments, are several generations removed from the farm and some have very little if any practical or actual experience. Those that do are likely nearing retirement so they can do their own thing on their own ranch! I'm not saying it is right but that's the way it is. There is still a lot of great practical and applied research being done though. The job is to find it.