Daily Archives: April 11, 2006

U.S. Court Clears Canadian Beef Imports

U.S. Court Clears Canadian Beef Imports

USAgNet – 04/10/2006

The U.S. District Court denies a request to block the importation of live cattle and beef from Canada. U.S. Ninth District Court judge Richard Cebull refused on April 6 to issue a permanent injunction against the Agriculture Department (USDA) in order to block the importation of live cattle and beef from Canada.


Hays Beef Scientist Tackles Feedlot Odor

Hays Beef Scientist Tackles Feedlot Odor


HAYS, Kan. – John Jaeger knows one down side to working in or near cattle feedlots: sometimes, they don´t smell very good. It goes with the territory.

But Jaeger and other researchers across the country also know that science can help put a lid on odor.


Researchers seek ways to cut manure smell

Researchers seek ways to cut manure smell

Updated 4/10/2006 11:45 PM ET

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — While it’s said that you can take the boy out of the country but not the country out of the boy, researchers are wondering if they can find a way to at least reduce something closely associated with farm life — the odor from large amounts of livestock manure.


A Chance to Fail

A Chance to Fail

by Troy Smith

Are cow-calf producers unknowingly contributing to a decline in beef cow adaptability? During the 2005 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium in Billings, Mont., speakers suggested there may be cause for concern. They warned against practicing genetic selection and herd management that emphasizes increased production and maximum reproduction with too little consideration for maintaining adaptability to the environment.


Swift sales still cloudy

Swift sales still cloudy

Sharon Dunn, (Bio) sdunn@greeleytrib.com
Greeley Tribune
April 11, 2006

Swift & Co. sales remain cloudy as the company continues to post losses, but there could be a silver lining on the horizon.

For the first time in a year, U.S. beef sales for the quarter increased, although just slightly.


Government of Canada Supports Market Development for Canadian Livestock Genetics

Government of Canada Supports Market Development for Canadian Livestock Genetics

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

OTTAWA, April 10, 2006 – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has contributed $503,000 to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to support international market development for livestock genetics.

Funded through the Genetics Marketing Program, this contribution supports market development and opportunities for Canadian producers as the CLGA adjusts its strategies to overcome the challenges of the post Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) environment. As part of its strategy, the CLGA is hosting an international conference on dairy genetics in Ottawa, November 5-7 of this year. With the theme “Endless Performance,” the focus will be on Canada’s world-leading dairy genetics industry and its continuing efforts to meet the current and future needs of dairy producers. The conference will bring together Canadian and international experts in the fields of genetic improvement, management, trade, marketing and health.


Roane farmer has beef with animal ID program

Roane farmer has beef with animal ID program

Inconvenience, high cost the meat of the problem

By LARISA BRASS, brass@knews.com
April 11, 2006
Knoxville News Sentinel

Federal and state authorities may be rolling out a national identification system for American livestock, but Roane County farmer Everett Phillips isn’t jumping on the bandwagon.


Idaho firm pioneers testing for livestock pregnancy

Idaho firm pioneers testing for livestock pregnancy

Twin Falls Times News, ID

MOSCOW (AP) — Just to the left of the door in the narrow laboratory at BioTracking is a poster of a cow with a word bubble that reads, “No palpation without representation.”

The poster seems to fit with the lighthearted atmosphere of the Idaho lab, which tested for pregnancy in more than 85,000 cows and other cud-chewing animals throughout the U.S. in 2005.


Easing path from farm to table

Easing path from farm to table
Sprakers firm could become national model as go-between for farmers, butchers

By ALAN WECHSLER, Business writer
Albany Times Union
First published: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The owners of Dharma Lea farm in Sprakers are particular about how their organically raised pigs are slaughtered.

For one, the meat has to be cut a certain way. More importantly, the pigs have to be treated humanely, without getting excited. Aside from causing unneeded pain, the adrenaline also damages the meat.