Daily Archives: January 12, 2006

Michigan State University Beef Team’s CATTLE CALL

Michigan State University Beef Team
CATTLE CALL
The latest issue of the Cattle Call is now posted at: *

http://beef.ans.msu.edu/Extension/Publications/Cattle_Call_Newsletter/ccJan06.pdf

*-This document is in Adobe Acrobat format, you must have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your system to view it. To download it CLICK HERE.

Inside:

Distiller’s Grains: A Challenge & Opportunity for the Beef Industry
Hawkins Honored
National Animal ID System Survey
Shows Improvement in Manure Management Practices
MSU Results from N.A.L.E.
Research Round-Up,
Special Meeting Insert

Cattle Call is a quarterly publication of the Michigan State University Beef TeamPast issues of Cattle Call can be found on-line

We hope that the information provided is relevant, useful, and informative.

Ohio BEEF Cattle letter

Ohio BEEF Cattle letter

The January 11, issue #469, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJan11.html

There are literally dozens of beef cattle industry related meetings and programs around Ohio this winter.

Be certain and check out the OSU Extension Beef Team web “calendar” link at the bottom of each week’s Ohio BEEF Cattle letter.Articles this week include:* .

The Beef Business is Full of Optical Illusions

Certified Livestock Managers Training, Feb 1-2, 2006

Using the Internet to Buy and Sell Hay

Bull Selection – Do Your Homework

Ohio Beef Expo is Approaching

Weekly Purcell Agricultural Commodity Market Report

HR 4257-Analysis & Content

HR 4257-Analysis & Content

Written by Steve Dittmer
Tuesday, 20 December 2005
Agribusiness Freedom Foundation Sentinel Vol.2, #54

Proposed Bill Would Inject Big Brother into Cattle Marketing

Certain People Want To Know What You’re Doing

In the battle to take marketing tools from cattlemen large and small, attack the alliances and branded beef programs that have markedly improved beef quality for consumers and force the industry back into the 1950s, the first salvo of the season has been fired.

H.R. 4257 would force some form of public bidding on cattlemen and packers negotiating forward contracts on livestock.

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NCBA pushing Congress for disaster assistance for cattle producers

NCBA pushing Congress for disaster assistance for cattle producers

Agriculture Online

1/10/2006, 9:53 AM CST

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says it will continue to urge legislators to approve Federal Disaster Assistance for drought stricken areas in cattle country. The group noted Friday that severe drought conditions are continuing, causing grass fires and threatening homes and ranches in regions of the country known for cattle production.

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$38 million available for value-added ag ventures

$38 million available for value-added ag ventures

Drovers.com
Developers of renewable-energy projects and value-added agricultural business ventures have more than $19 million in grants available to them, according to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. He also announced that 33 rural economic-development-loan-and-grant recipients will receive $18.8 million to spur economic growth. The grants may be used for planning activities or to provide working capital for operating a value-added business venture, marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable-energy projects.

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Animal-rights organizations rake in the dough

Animal-rights organizations rake in the dough
Drovers Journal
A recent analysis of 2004 IRS reports shows that several animal-rights groups have more funding at their disposal than ever. For example, the Humane Society of the United States raised or earned more than $74 million last year; that’s up considerably from its 2003 budget of just more than $67 million. And the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals raised or earned more than $28 million.

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Research lays foundation for checkoff programs

Research lays foundation for checkoff programs

Drovers.com
A critical component of the success of the $1-per-head Beef Checkoff Program is market research. “Market research is the basis for program decisions and messages we need to be focused on with the beef checkoff,” says Monte Reese, Beef Board chief operating officer. The key to building demand for beef, he says, is persuading consumers to choose beef. “But the first step is to understand what is driving that meal choice. Market research is the underpinning of both the strategies of what we do and the tactics on how we do it.”

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