Canadian cow being tested for mad cow disease
KARE-TV Minneapolis, MN
Canadian officials are testing a British Columbia dairy cow suspected of contracting mad cow disease.
It’s potentially bad news for Canadian cattle ranchers still recovering from a two-year ban on their beef in the United States.
Jury Awards Damages In Beef Trial
(AP) Aberdeen, S.D. A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $9.25 million to cattle raisers who said large meat packing companies had underpaid producers for live cattle.
The class action lawsuit was filed by three men and sought almost $43 million from Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. doing business as Excel Corp., Swift Beef Co. and National Beef Packing Co.
Cargill Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc.
Future BSE problems are unlikely in the U.S.
By Donna Farris, Special Sections Editor
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:23 AM CDT
Because of measures the United States has taken to curb any possible spread of BSE, this country is unlikely to have future problems with it, said Dave Henning, associate professor of dairy science at South Dakota State University.
High court to hear livestock zoning case
By JOE KAFKA, Associated Press Writer
Rapid City Journal
PIERRE — Petition campaigns cannot force county officials to revise zoning laws and then put those changes on the ballot for public votes, the state Supreme Court will be told later this month in a lawsuit over livestock farming.
John Knight, Deuel County deputy state’s attorney, will argue that Circuit Judge Ronald Roehr made a mistake last year when he ruled in favor of petitions seeking to enlarge buffer zones around concentrated animal feeding operations.
Cloned Iowa cattle await OK from FDA
Iowa State Daily
DES MOINES – Executives at a northwestern Iowa company that clones bulls are waiting to hear whether federal officials will allow meat and milk from the animals’ offspring to be sold.
Jan Schuiteman, chief executive officer of TransOva Genetics, of Sioux Center, said the company has been waiting two years for the Food and Drug Administration to make a decision regarding the bulls, which cost up to $20,000 apiece. They can be selected for certain traits, including producing calves that yield high-quality beef.
Investment Fraud Investigation
By Heather Sorentrue/WCJB TV20 News
An Alachua man already in state prison for money laundering and investor fraud is facing more charges. Detectives say Kenneth Wayne Moon scammed 30 people from all across the country out of nearly a million dollars. Investigators say this happened during the time frame Moon was being prosecuted for committing the very same type of crimes.
Moon has a modest farm on the north end of Alachua County. But, sheriff’s deputies say the scam Moon was running was elaborate.
“He has conned individuals into investing into a cattle operation that he is supposedly running here in Alachua County. He would ask those investors for large amounts of money,” Sgt. Keith Faulk of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office explained.
Cattlemen worried about grazing, water for herds this summer
Associated Press / Kansas City Star
WICHITA, Kan. – Farm ponds that are used to water livestock at the Woodston farm of Jerry McReynolds are so dry this spring he is taking the opportunity to clean silt from their bottom.
Many farmers in north-central Kansas are doing the same thing this spring, he said.
“We have been in this dry cycle for six years,” McReynolds said. “For the last three years, we have been able to drive through all of our ponds – sad, but true.”
MARKETING PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCERS FIND GENETIC VALUE
by: Clifford Mitchell
Few envision worn out jeans, weathered cowboy hat and a faded Carhart jacket as well-known attire for a Chief Executive Officer. Many times that is only one of the titles the producer must handle. Production Manager, Marketing and Promotions Director, Laborer and Accountant are all either stenciled on the office door or on one of those funny little wooden name-plate things execs often seem to use as a form of identification.
Ohio Beef Newsletter Available
The April 12, issue # 482, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAprl12.html
The Ohio Performance Tested Bull program concludes on Saturday with the 37th annual sale in Belle Valley. Find detail in this week’s letter.
Articles this week include:
* Ohio Bull Test Concludes 37th Year
* Bull Selection – Do Your Homework
* Scout For Alfalfa Weevil
* Spring Applications of Manure and Inorganic Fertilizer to Cool Season Grasses
* Spelt as Cattle Feed or, Faster Horses, Younger Women, Older Whiskey, More Money
* Weekly Market Commentary for the Week Ending April 8, 2006