National Animal ID System subject of legal action
Concerned about Washington state’s involvement with the National Animal Identification System, a small-scale livestock owner in Western Washington has taken legal action against the state’s Agriculture Department.
In the motion filed with Superior Court in Thurston County on Sept. 28, Celeste Bishop asked the court to either order the department to produce the documents she has requested pertaining to the National Animal Identification System or explain why they haven’t been produced.
Under the Public Disclosure Act, Bishop made her initial request on May 15, 2006. In her request, she told the department she wanted to see all NAIS-related records and documents from Jan. 1, 1997, to June 1, 2006.
According to information she received from the department, the department has about 400,000 documents on NAIS.
Yearlings Enter the Byproduct Arena
by Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin
Listen up yearling operators. Here’s some food for thought about corn ethanol byproduct feeds.
What? You say you’re tired of hearing about the rapidly growing ethanol industry and increasing availability of byproduct feeds?
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Cattle Feeding: Grazing Corn Residues Makes Cents
Grazing corn residues is one way to reduce the cost of wintering beef cows in the upper Midwest, a North Dakota State University cattle expert says.
“With the increase in corn acres in North Dakota and the surrounding region this year, availability of corn residue also has increased, making this practice even more attractive,” says Greg Lardy, NDSU Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
Feedlot feuds leave scars on Nebraska neighborhoods
BY ART HOVEY /
Lincoln Journal Star
It’s been a year since the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska sprang to life, largely to help confinement livestock operations cover the bumpy road toward new or expanded production sites.
In recent news coverage of the anniversary, Palmer feedlot operator Gary Bader credited the organization, often referred to as A-FAN, with helping him ease neighbors’ concerns about the impact of his expansion about 30 miles north of Grand Island.
Farming community feels the pinch
The double farming crisis – of bluetongue and foot-and-mouth – has hit the livestock industry hard. But farmers are grimly determined to survive it.
“We are fairly resilient people. We will be here no matter what,” insists Stephen Rash, a Suffolk farmer.
It’s fighting talk and typical of the defiant response – in public at least – of many UK livestock farmers to the peril their business faces.
Bred from the past, raised for the future
By Kyle Pendergraft,
Oct. 4, 2007 – RICE — The Texas Longhorn Cooperative, as a group, is in full support of its namesake. Some cooperative organizations are formed to supply members with feed, fertilizer, farm supplies, utilities, and other goods and services, the goal being to cut costs by buying products in bulk. TLC is a group representing one thing: Longhorns.
House Farm Bill Provision On Meat Inspection A Sticking Point In Senate
The Senate Agriculture Committee begins work Thursday on the 2007 Farm Bill under pressure to forego a House bill provision that would allow some state-inspected meat to cross state lines.
Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) signaled this week that the provision might be in jeopardy.
“It is important to help very small plants get into interstate commerce. But just changing the Federal Meat Inspection Act is serious business, and not to be taken lightly. Any changes will need to be carefully evaluated,” he told journalists. “If states are equal to the federal system now, why not just switch to federal inspection?”
Cattle ID: Digital Angel Receives Over $600,000 Order From The USDA For NAIS
SO. ST. PAUL, MN (Tuesday October 2 2007, 8:30 am) – Digital Angel Corporation (the “Company”) (AMEX:DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that it has received an order for 630,000 compliant radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags valued at more than $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The cattle ear tags will be used for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Veterinary Services State-Federal Cooperative Disease control and eradication efforts in targeted, increased-risk geographic locations.
Small farm vs. big money
Bayfield County teen does well at state fair
The County Journal
It was kind of like a story you would see in the movies when Jessica Pearce and her family decided to try their luck at the Wisconsin State Fair, a small farm girl showing her home raised beef herd against veteran, big money operations. And just like in the movies, there were challenges to overcome, help coming from unexpected places, and a happy ending. Jessica earned three second place ribbons and the small county beef herdsmanship award with her white-faced polled Herefords.
Legislatures lead the way in preventing Canadian cattle imports
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg and Senator Jon Tester have co-sponsored a bill that would stop the Department of Agriculture from allowing imports of older Canadian Cattle.
Rehberg and Tester say the older cattle are more at risk for “BSE” or mad cow disease. Senator Tester says it’s bad business to jeopardize the US beef industry.
Congressman Rehberg says the Bush Administration is putting the nation’s cattle industry in harm’s way.
From The Top Rail
By SHANE McLELLAN – Freestone Extension Agent-AG
Mexia Daily News
Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Cow Country Congress
The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating Cow Country Congress Madison County will host the 2007 Cow Country Congress on Friday October 19th. Registration will be 8:30-9 a.m. at the Windy Hill Ranch, Madisonville, Texas.
U.S. Cattlemen On Senate Resolution Of Disapproval
USCA (Oct. 3, 2007) – Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) today introduced in the United States Senate a Resolution of Disapproval that, if passed, expresses the U.S. Senate’s dissatisfaction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) intention to resume trade in older cattle and beef derived from older cattle with Canada. Senator Dorgan is joined by Senators Michael
Enzi (R-WY), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Kent Conrad (D-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Jon Tester, (D-MT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and John Barrasso (R-WY).
Montana beef experts heading to Russia
HELENA, Mont., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A delegation from Montana will be heading to Russia Sunday to rustle up trade interest in the state’s beef cattle livestock and genetics know-how.
Ron de Yong, director of the Montana Department of Agriculture, and the rest of the delegation will meet with Russian government officials, livestock breeders and importers of beef genetics at the nation’s Golden Autumn Trade Show.
Report: SKorea halts US beef inspections
South Korea suspended quarantine inspections of U.S. beef imports after a banned bone piece was found in a recent shipment, a news report said Friday.
Without such inspections, American beef cannot be brought into the market.
A 4-inch piece of neck bone was found in a shipment that arrived in South Korea earlier this week, news cable channel YTN reported. The bone material is considered to be “specified risk material,” such as the vertebral column, brain, skull, eyes, spinal cord and other nerve tissue, all of which can carry mad cow disease.