Japan says beef talks not in final stage yet
Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:19 PM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo has edged closer to a possible resumption of U.S. beef imports after expert-level talks with the United States, but there is still some way to go, Japanese Agriculture Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said on Friday.
Livestock official: Animal ID necessary
BY PHYLLIS JACOBS GRIEKSPOOR
The Wichita Eagle
Kansas Livestock Commissioner George Teagarden said he has gotten used to hearing cattlemen express concerns about the cost of a mandatory national animal identification system.
RFID Tags To Assist In Tracking First Responders
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has been around for many years and is widely used to identify, track, and communicate information about items, products and even animals. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is studying whether RFID technology can be used as a low cost, reliable means to track firefighters and other first responders inside buildings and help them navigate under hazardous conditions.
The March 29, issue # 480, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMarc29.html
This time of year, we frequently get calls here in the county office from homeowners wanting to know if they should fertilize their lawn because “the neighbors are.” This week, Jeff McCutcheon suggests that just because your neighbor might be pulling a fertilizer spreader across his pasture, it may not be the most economical thing to do to your pasture.
Articles this week include:
* Can you measure what you manage?
* Fertilizing Pastures in the Spring
* Cattle Cycles: Where are we and where are we headed?
* Weekly Purcell Agricultural Commodity Market Report
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BLACK INK — MANAGE TO WIN
by: Steve Suther
If you care about your reputation as a calf supplier, you have to care about how they work for the next segment or link in the beef chain. Genetics can make a big difference in feedlot and carcass value potential, but management and environment can be up to five times more important.
U.S. Sets More Training for Beef Workers
By CARL FREIRE
TOKYO Mar 29, 2006 (AP)— The United States has agreed to require further training of American workers handling beef exports to Japan, U.S. agriculture officials said Wednesday.
The U.S. delegation, led by Chuck Lambert, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, finished two days of talks in Japan in hopes of lifting Tokyo’s ban on U.S. beef.
Livestock producers should be concerned about bird flu
By Tim Petry, NDSU Livestock Marketing Economist
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:20 PM CST
Tri State Neighbor
At several meetings that I have presented at this year, livestock producers have asked if avian influenza, commonly referred to as bird flu, would impact livestock prices.
One cattle producer commented that he thought bird flu could be good, since destroying chickens would mean less competitive meat for the beef industry.