Daily Archives: August 28, 2009

BeefTalk: Not All Land Is Created Equal

BeefTalk: Not All Land Is Created Equal

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Land mapping process identifies potential forage production for all the individual ecosites to determine the number of acres needed to provide the nutritional requirement for a cow for a month.

Land mapping of “ecosites” in pastures is helping producers determine stocking rates. This mapping process identifies potential forage production for all the individual ecosites to determine the number of acres needed to provide the nutritional requirement for a cow for a month.

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More on a Feed Tag

More on a Feed Tag

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

The following information appears on a feed tag of a protein supplement. Because the feed is a protein supplement, the name on the tag usually indicates the percentage protein that the supplement contains. As an example, let’s evaluate the feed tag of a medicated protein supplement called Protein Gem Fortifier 32-10 B70. The 32-10 indicates that this supplement is a 32% protein supplement and that 10% comes from a non-protein nitrogen source; therefore 22% coming from an all “natural” protein source

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Steve Cornett:  When Cheap Food is Bad

Steve Cornett:  When Cheap Food is Bad

Beef Today

The Internet, at least the part folks send me links to, is filled with folks mad at Time Magazine and writer Bryan Walsh just because of a poorly-reported article he wrote blaming farm policy for fat Americans.

I’m glad he wrote it. Maybe it will wake folks up to what’s going on under their noses.

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Meat Groups Have Their Say On TIME Cover Story

Meat Groups Have Their Say On TIME Cover Story

Lisa M. Keefe

Hoosier AG Today

  In the wake of the publication of TIME magazine‘s cover story on the meat industry – The Real Cost of Cheap Food – several industry organizations and others with a stake in the business are airing their discontent. The National Cattlemen‘s Beef Association, the only industry representative quoted in the piece, lashed out with a press release outlining the steps it took to provide information to TIME‘s writer, the vast majority of which was not included in the final piece. The organization indicates that they were called late in the reporting and writing process, and that the writer discussed the angle of his story only when pressed for details.

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New TV Show Tells the Story of Beef Producers

New TV Show Tells the Story of Beef Producers

Field Assignment

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, be sure to toon into Farm Journal Television Network, which produces AgDay and U.S. Farm Report , for the new series titled, ‘I am Angus.’ The American Angus Association announced the premier of the show earlier this week.

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Combining Cattle And Wildlife

Combining Cattle And Wildlife

Russell Stevens, Noble Foundation

Southern Livestock Standard

Many landowners are becoming increasingly interested in incorporating wildlife management into their cattle operations. Many variables can influence compatibility between wildlife and cattle, including, but not limited to, cattle stocking rate, species of wildlife, forage type, climate, etc.

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Bill would ax estate tax for agriculture

Bill would ax estate tax for agriculture

TIM HEARDEN

Capital Press

Business-involvement stipulation for heir raises some concerns

Farmers and ranchers are supporting a bill in Congress that would exempt certain land from the federal estate tax as long as the property is kept in agriculture.

The bill by U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and John Salazar, D-Colo., would deduct from the estate tax the value of farmland in cases where the heir had been involved in the farm operation for five of the past eight years.

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Ag fight on climate to intensify

Ag fight on climate to intensify

Chris Clayton

Tri State Livestock News

Farmers can expect more debate, lobbying on legislation

Agricultural groups are doing more forms of outreach on climate change and asking farmers to voice their views on climate legislation and its potential impacts.

Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, attended a meeting with international farm leaders in Iceland last week to speak about the climate legislation in Congress.

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Time trashes American agriculture

Time trashes American agriculture

By Greg Henderson 

Critics are crying foul over this week’s Time magazine cover story. The story is a wide-ranging frontal assault on all aspects of modern food production, and the story is written in a manner that the very few words included to give agriculture a token voice are quickly trampled by an onslaught of anti-modern-agriculture rhetoric.

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Grasshoppers Can Transmit Virus to Livestock

Grasshoppers Can Transmit Virus to Livestock

Laura McGinnis

USDA-ARS

Rangeland plants may be harboring a virus that grasshoppers are transmitting to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals, according to a published research study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

A recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in the southwest United States has disrupted rodeos and prompted quarantines. VSV is a viral disease that causes sporadic outbreaks in the United States, most recently in 2006.

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Want sustainable ag? Don’t look back; Look around

Want sustainable ag? Don’t look back; Look around

The Marshall Democrat News

Enough already.

I am so tired of the national media using often-repeated stereotypes to tear down modern agriculture. They want us to step back in time and raise food like the "good old days."

The most recent article was in Time Magazine. It repeated the new "sustainable agriculture" line, which states that the soil is being stripped, animals are being abused and the Midwest is a virtual wasteland of manure and smell.

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Sick Cows Means Costly Beef, Milk

Sick Cows Means Costly Beef, Milk

Kiii-TV

Richard Longoria

Bovine tuberculosis has created costly problems for the cattle industry in states where the disease has appeared.

But it looks like it’s a manageable threat.

Nebraska and Texas are investigating positive cases of bovine tuberculosis to determine whether there has been an outbreak of the disease already confirmed in California, Minnesota, Michigan and New Mexico.

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R-CALF wants an investigation of USDA

R-CALF wants an investigation of USDA

KRVN

Billings, Mont. – Based on information received from R-CALF USA member-ranchers in Washington state, R-CALF USA on Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, made a written request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate a potential violation of USDA requirements for the importation into the U.S. of Canadian cattle.

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The herd that feedback built

The herd that feedback built

Certified Angus Beef

At Windy Bar Ranch, a seedstock operation near Stonewall, west of Austin, Texas, Klein makes steers of up to half of the bulls and sends them to the feedyard, along with a number of heifers.

In some years, more than 60% of the calves earned CAB acceptance. “I want to sell breeding stock that I know can produce calves that do well coming out of the feedlot,” Klein says.

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Corn Silage, Barley Are Excellent Feeds for Growing Calves

Corn Silage, Barley Are Excellent Feeds for Growing Calves

BEEF Magazine

With many North Dakota cornfields unlikely to mature this year, there’s an opportunity to harvest significant amounts of silage for animal feed, says Vern Anderson, North Dakota State University animal scientist at the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).

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