Livestock forum, nutrition conference set for April 11, 12
March 20, 2006 — From MSU News Service
BOZEMAN –Changes and challenges in the U.S. beef industry will be explored at this year’s Montana Livestock Forum and Nutrition Conference to be held April 11 and 12 at the Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, said Montana State University Extension Beef Specialist John Paterson.
Radio personality Rick Haines from the Northern Ag Network will be the keynote speaker.
Costs of producing organic beef pinpointed
Central Valley Business Times
March 20, 2006 7:38am
• New UC study also looks at marketing ideas
• Why you may not want to buy that limo just yet
In the first study of its kind in California, the University of California has examined an organic beef cattle operation in depth, identifying management practices, revenues, costs and marketing.
Japan OKs imports of Canadian beef; finds mad cow precautions up to standard
TOKYO (CP) – All eight Canadian beef processing plants that export to Japan have been given a clean bill of health by Japanese inspectors, a government statement said Monday.
“Each packer has set down in writing the procedures necessary under the export program, and these procedures are being followed,” said the Japanese Health and Agriculture ministries in a statement. However, a ninth plant located in Alberta that is seeking to export to Japan for the first time failed to gain export approval because the Canadian government provided inadequate information.
New way to study prions found [CWD]
Billings Gazette | 3-20-06
Posted on 03/20/2006 4:15:38 PM PST by SJackson
Research could lead to better understanding of wasting diseases By The Associated Press
GREAT FALLS — Scientists at McLaughlin Research Center have discovered a new way to study prions, the infectious agents that cause brain-wasting diseases, and hope the work could lead to a better understanding of who is more at risk to contract such diseases.
Scientists infected stem cell cultures from fetal mouse brains with prions and found the infection could be detected within weeks. Injecting mice with the prions and waiting for infection to develop can take months and sometimes years.
Alberta meat plants get Japanese approval
Last updated Mar 20 2006 01:08 PM MST
Five Alberta meat processing plants received a clean bill of health from Japanese inspectors, however one plant did not get approval to export to Japan because information about it was missing.
The Japanese inspections, which took place between March 12 and 19, verified that all protocols were being followed to ensure the plants were safe from mad-cow disease.
SD Certified Beef Focus on Consumers
KWYR Radio, Ideal, SD
South Dakota Certified Beef Initiative is moving forward with consumer marketing. They are beefing up their website: www.southdakotacertifiedbeef.com.
K-State Scientists Offer Cow-Calf Producers Seasonal Tips
KNEB Farm Radio 960
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The money you don´t spend is the money you make, advised Twig Marston, cow-calf production specialist at Kansas State University.
With spring just around the corner, many cow-calf producers are right in the thick of calving season. And while they may find little time to think about anything else, producers should also be gearing up for the breeding season, Marston said.
Mad Cow Risks
Channel 13 TV Birmingham, AL
A beef-eater’s chances of contracting the human form of “mad cow disease,” are small in the United States. Here is a list of cuts of meat and the potential risk factors for “mad cow disease.”
BeefTalk: Calving and Pac-Man – now is the time
By KRIS RINGWALL, NDSU Extension Beef Specialist
The Prairie Star
Calving time is here or at least approaching. This brings a new focus for producers who turn their attention to the cow pen. The world is busy and there are many issues producers need to deal with, but being involved in worldly affairs is counterproductive if things run amok at home.
Cattle prices steady despite mad cow case in Alabama
By JAY REEVES
The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Cattle prices held mostly stable Tuesday a day after agriculture officials announced a case of mad cow disease had been confirmed at a small farm in Alabama, easing industry concerns that a health scare would reduce demand.