Daily Archives: January 5, 2006

America´s Mad Cow Safeguards Called Inadequate

America´s Mad Cow Safeguards Called Inadequate
Dated: 01/05/2006 09:07:16 AM
WDTN Dayton, Ohio
McDonald’s and a group of experts are warning that much more should be done to protect against Mad Cow disease.
Researchers in the group say they cannot “overstate the dangers” of Mad Cow contaminating animal feed, and ultimately infecting humans.

Animal ID program key in Asian beef trade

Animal ID program key in Asian beef trade


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Agriculture Department Director Greg Ibach says an effective and efficient animal identification program is paramount if Nebraska cattle producers are going to have a strong presence in Asian markets again.
Ibach told people at the Grand Island Family Agri-Expo yesterday that being able to trace cattle to their birth and verify age was key to re-entering the Japanese market.
Japan partially lifted a two-year ban on U-S beef imports on December 12th and Hong Kong followed suit on December 29th. South Korea has scheduled talks with the United States next week on ending its ban.
Japan requires all beef imported from the United States must be from cattle younger than 21 months of age. Hong Kong requires beef from cattle younger than 31 months of age.
Before the first U-S case of mad cow disease was reported in December 2003, Ibach says Nebraska was the nation’s leading beef exporting state at more than $1 billion annually.

EU bans four more antibiotics

EU bans four more antibiotics
Drovers Journal
A European Union-wide ban on using antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed went into effect Jan. 1. This is the final step in the EU’s strategy to phase out antibiotics used for non-medicinal purposes. It’s part of the European Commission’s overall effort to tackle antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics can now only be added to animal feed for veterinary purposes. The following four substances will be removed:

  1. Salinomycin sodium used for piglets and finishing pigs.
  2. Avilamycin used for young pigs, finishing pigs, chickens and turkeys.
  3. Flavophospholipol used for rabbits, laying hens, market chickens, turkeys, pigs, calves and cattle.
  4. Monensin sodium used for market cattle.

When calf prices are high should ranchers sell or retain ownership?

When calf prices are high should ranchers sell or retain ownership?Posted: January 4, 2006Drovers JournalBy Troy Smith
Thanks to record-high calf and feeder cattle prices, many U.S ranchers are wearing wide grins. High-dollar calves have brought record profitability and cause to step lively. According to cattle market analyst Randy Blach, vice president of Cattle-Fax, ranchers owe it all to strong consumer demand for beef.