Michigan State University Beef Team
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Distiller’s Grains: A Challenge & Opportunity for the Beef Industry
National Animal ID System Survey
Shows Improvement in Manure Management Practices
MSU Results from N.A.L.E.
Special Meeting Insert
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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
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.
NCBA pushing Congress for disaster assistance for cattle producers
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.
$38 million available for value-added ag ventures
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.
Animal-rights organizations rake in the dough
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
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.”