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, 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
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
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
Sharon Dunn, (Bio) email@example.com
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
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
Inconvenience, high cost the meat of the problem
By LARISA BRASS, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.