Daily Archives: January 17, 2008

Laura’s Lean Beef is sold

Laura’s Lean Beef is sold

Bought by Colo.-based firm

By Karla Ward

Lexington Herald Leader

Laura’s Lean Beef Co. doesn’t belong to Laura anymore.

The Lexington company, founded in 1985 by Laura Freeman, has been sold to Colorado-based Meyer Natural Angus. The price was not disclosed.

“It’s not going to affect anything about our products … or how we do business,” said Chris Anderson, marketing director for Laura’s.

He said the company will continue to be based in Lexington and will operate somewhat independently of Meyer.

John Tobe, a former Jerrico executive and partner in the company with Freeman, will remain at Laura’s to oversee day-to-day operations.

Freeman will serve in a consulting capacity.

 

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USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market

USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market

Rick Weiss

Washington Post

The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday asked U.S. farmers to keep their cloned animals off the market indefinitely even as Food and Drug Administration officials announced that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat.

Bruce I. Knight, the USDA’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, requested an ongoing “voluntary moratorium” to buy time for “an acceptance process” that Knight said consumers in the United States and abroad will need, “given the emotional nature of this issue.”

Yet even as the two agencies sought a unified message — that food from clones is safe for people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations — evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already eating meat from the offspring of clones.

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Ranch Sells Beef for Dinner, Bones for Surgery

Ranch Sells Beef for Dinner, Bones for Surgery

By Alexis Madrigal

Wired

Prather Ranch’s dry-aged, organic New York steaks will set you back $20 per pound at its upscale stall in San Francisco’s Ferry Building farmers market. But even at that price, foodies aren’t the company’s best market.

The most valuable parts of its cows are the inedible parts: pituitary glands, bones, heart muscles and hides. Medical companies covet them for making surgical glue, bone screws, collagen and artificial skin.

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Cattle producers urged to keep open mind on trends

Cattle producers urged to keep open mind on trends

By ROD WALTON

Tulsa World

American cattle producers willing to compete big in tomorrow’s marketplace better be ready to think both locally and globally, understand that less is more and that up is sometimes down, according to advice given by experts at a four-state conference Wednesday.

The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference attracted livestock operators from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by the local Cooperative Extension Service.

Savvy cattle business people need to get specific in their strategies and understand emerging trends among consumers domestically and worldwide, said Marcine Moldenhauer, assistant vice president for Wichita-based Cargill Beef. These consumers might end up eating less beef, but they want prime cuts.

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European Union makes calls for beef trade

European Union makes calls for beef trade

Western Livestock Journal

In 2007, U.S. trade representatives spent a great deal of their time engaged with countries in the Pacific Rim trying to re-establish trade lost after the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak. The new year, however, may bring renewed interest in beef trade from countries across a different ocean.

Europe’s long-standing ban of U.S. beef imports due to hormone use has been met by increased tariffs and a current ban on European imports due to BSE concerns. Europe’s problems with BSE were more extensive than in the U.S., but European officials believed they had reached an agreement to trade any boneless beef under 30 months of age.

 

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Keep heifer development costs in check

Keep heifer development costs in check

by Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Cow-calf producers have experienced some of the best times in recent history of the beef industry. Total calf inventory has been low, and demand for calves has been high, resulting in good calf prices.

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Radio Host, Writer Trent Loos to Address NIAA Annual Meeting Attendees

Radio Host, Writer Trent Loos to Address NIAA Annual Meeting Attendees

Radio host and agriculture writer Trent Loos and his burning passion to make a difference in animal agriculture will be front and center when he serves as the featured evening banquet speaker at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual meeting, Tuesday, April 1, in Indianapolis, Ind.

“Trent Loos is a sixth-generation animal food provider who travels the country meeting with farmers and ranchers,” states Dr. Jerome Geiger, chair of NIAA’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee. “Trent’s unique style—complete with black cowboy hat and handlebar mustache—balances industry information that all in agriculture need to know with a highly entertaining delivery.”

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