Daily Archives: August 23, 2006

Canada confirms new case of BSE

Canada confirms new case of BSE
by Pete Hisey on 8/23/2006 for Meatingplace.com
Canadian authorities have confirmed the country’s 8th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, this one in an animal believed to be between eight and 20 years old, meaning that it was probably born before the country’s feed ban went into effect.

The beef cow was discovered in Alberta, a little more than a month after the 7th case, an animal only 50 months old and born after the ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban was put in place in Canada in 1997. That case was discovered July 13.

Officials at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that no part of the animal entered the human or animal food supply.

Ohio Beef Newsletter now available

The August 23, issue # 501, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAgst23.html

Even though the problem may have been brewing for weeks, this is the time of year when we seem most to notice the results of our summer long fly control efforts. This week, Steve Boyles discusses the basics of a good fly control program.

Articles this week include:
* What Does Value-Added Beef Production Mean for the Cow/Calf Producer?
* Forage Focus: New insurance tools for pasture and forage
* Fly Control Around Concentrated Animal Facilities
* Beef Producers Program Set for August 24
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

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Gambling on a Change

Gambling on a Change

Story by Janet Mayer

Angus Beef Bulletin

“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run,” sings Kenny Rogers in a song about a gambler. He could well be singing about the cattle business, as watching the bottom line is often like playing a game of chance. If it doesn’t come up in the black, showing a profit, then there is a very good reason to either fold or change hands to a new avenue of operating your business.

This was true for the Hempt family of central Pennsylvania when they made the decision to cease operation of their feedlot after being in the feeding business for more than 40 years.

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USAIO: Key Agreements Advance National Animal Movement Database

USAIO: Key Agreements Advance National Animal Movement Database

Cattlenetwork.com

(August 22, 2006) – The board of directors of the United States Animal Identification Organization, Inc. (USAIO) announced today that it has completed agreements with two leading manufacturers of ISO RIFD devices in the United States: Allflex USA of Dallas, Texas, and Destron Fearing (Digital Angel) of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The agreements advance USAIO’s objective of funding a national animal movement database in a manner that will minimize cost to industry participants. Under this funding plan, producers’ share of the system costs will be rolled into the purchase price of the ear tag. The tag creates a lifetime record on the animal, with the ability to add information to this record at no additional cost.

“USAIO is committed to funding the system in such a way as to spread the cost across all segments of the industry,” says Charles Miller, chairman of the USAIO board. “We continue to work on funding mechanisms that will draw support for the animal movement database from every sector that will benefit from it.”

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Chinese scientists aim to produce "super animals" through bio-engineering

Chinese scientists aim to produce “super animals” through bio-engineering

People’s Daily Online

After great breakthroughs in developing “super rice”, hybrid high-yield rice strains, Chinese scientists now plan to produce “super animals” to increase stockbreeding output.

China’s animal husbandry output can double with the same input, provided the fruits of the country’s genome project are adopted in time, said Li Ning, top scientist on the genetic breeding and cloning of agricultural animals research project.

Li, from the state key laboratory of agricultural bio-technology under China’s University of Agriculture, said the research project is currently focusing on producing “super pigs” and “super chickens”.

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Cows with regional accents? Pull the udder one

Cows with regional accents? Pull the udder one

By ANDREW LEVY

Daily Mail (UK)

They have one word in their vocabulary and it’s a single syllable at that.

But farmers claim cows appear to ‘moo’ in regional accents, despite their limited conversational skills.

Herds in the West Country have been heard lowing with a distinctive Somerset twang – prompting some to claim the sound is more ‘moo-arr’ than moo.

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US food supply ‘vulnerable to attack’

US food supply ‘vulnerable to attack’

By Simon Cox

BBC Radio 4

Professor Larry Wein warned that milk could be an easy target

When Tommy Thompson stood down as US health secretary in 2004, he delivered a stark warning.

“I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do,” he said.

Why was he so worried? Is “agro-terrorism” – attacking farming or the food supply – really so easy?

The only reported case in the US happened more than two decades ago in 1984, when a cult poisoned salad bars at a number of restaurants in Oregon. Forty people were taken to hospital, no-one died.

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