Daily Archives: April 19, 2006

US, China Not Likely To Finalize Beef Trade Deal This Week

US, China Not Likely To Finalize Beef Trade Deal This Week


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–U.S. and Chinese negotiators are not likely to work out the terms of how China will ease its ban on U.S. beef in time for an announcement this week during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the U.S., U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said.

USDA and Commerce Department officials said on April 11 that they expected those terms to be reached “quickly” when they announced China had agreed ease its ban.


Branding revival puts heat on rustlers

Branding revival puts heat on rustlers

By Todd C. Frankel


Worried about a spike in cattle theft, a rancher from southwest Missouri decides to get a little protection: a cattle brand.

The permanent mark, considered a livestock’s only return address, holds up in court as proof of ownership.


Beef cattle ‘use tools’ to preen

Beef cattle ‘use tools’ to preen

Australian Broadcasting Company

By Judy Skatssoon for Science Online

An Australian researcher says beef cattle use tools to keep their coats healthy, suggesting they are more than all brawn and no brains.

Animal behaviour scientist Bob Kilgour, who works for the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, observed the grooming behaviour of various breeds of beef cattle at pasture on a number of properties over several days.


Farm Sanctuary Releases Report on the Welfare of Cattle in Beef Production;

Farm Sanctuary Releases Report on the Welfare of Cattle in Beef Production;

US newswire
4/17/2006 1:43:00 PM

Contact: Meghan Beeby, 607-583-2225 ext. 251 or mbeeby@farmsanctuary.org; Tricia Ritterbusch, 607-583-225 ext. 233 or tritterbusch@farmsanctuary.org, both of Farm Sanctuary

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., April 17 /U.S. Newswire/ — A new report from Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, reveals the conditions cattle endure under the care of the beef industry. The Welfare of Cattle in Beef Production assesses published scientific evidence concluding that the U.S. cattle industry has failed to set meaningful standards for the care and handling of beef cattle, or to take a stand in opposition to any of the various practices that result in physical or behavioral problems for the animals. The industry has also failed to implement any type of welfare audit system for cattle operations and no federal laws protect the welfare of beef cattle in the U.S., other than the Humane Method of Slaughter Act that requires the stunning of livestock before slaughter.

Season of Birth Affects Calf Growth on Great Plains

Season of Birth Affects Calf Growth on Great Plains

By Erin Peabody, Agricultural Research Service
April 18, 2006

To everything, there is a season—even for ranchers raising herds of cattle out on America’s Great Plains.

According to scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), calving season—the time of year when a cow gives birth to a calf—is an important factor in determining how healthy a cow and calf will be, how much weight they’ll gain, and how much high-quality nutrition will be available to them.


Animal ID: big government’s new pet project

Animal ID: big government’s new pet project

Marc Levin 19.APR.06
Wilsoncoutnynews.com (Texas)

If your cat is planning to have kittens, you might have to take a number. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hatched the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The NAIS comes in response to fears of mad cow disease and bioterrorism, even though there are at most three instances of mad cow disease in U.S. history and no documented instances of animals being used for bioterrorism.


Steer suspected of BSE tests negative in Japan

Steer suspected of BSE tests negative in Japan


TOKYO (AP) _ A 20-month-old steer in northeastern Japan initially suspected of having mad cow disease has tested negative, a health official said Tuesday.

The young Holstein was slaughtered for meat last week in Fukushima prefecture (state) and initially tested positive for the brain-wasting disease.

But further tests at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo showed the steer did not have mad cow, according to prefectural health official Shinichi Nakajima.