Anthrax alert after deaths on Welsh farm
Apr 24 2006
Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail
WALES was on anthrax-watch last night after it was confirmed the deadly disease had been found on a farm.
Experts are searching for the source of an outbreak which has claimed the lives of two cows.
After ‘The Jungle’: The Changing Face Of Meatpacking
Dangers Remain Despite Progress
UPDATED: 12:54 pm EDT April 23, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. — He works in a world of long knives and huge saws, blood and bone, arctic chill and sweltering heat. For Martin Cortez, this is life on the line as a meatpacker.
It’s no place for the squeamish. Some workers can’t stomach the gore — chopping up the meat and bones of hundreds of cattle, day after day. Cortez has been at it more than 30 years. It also can be very dangerous. Some workers have been slashed, burned or scarred. He has not.
Mixture Limits E. Coli, Salmonella in Meat
By BETSY BLANEY | Associated Press Writer
Posted April 22, 2006, 1:31 AM EDT
LUBBOCK, Texas — Consumers soon should be able to buy beef and poultry products that have an added level of safety against two sometimes fatal sources of food poisoning.
A researcher at Texas Tech University applied a mixture of four different lactic acid bacterium to ground beef and found the combination reduced the presence of salmonella and a harmful E. coli strain by as much as 99.99 percent.
The Food and Drug Administration in December said the mixture was safe for beef and poultry products. It isn’t known when the treated meat carrying special labels will hit the market, and basic food safety practices won’t change.
Farmer gives up dairy business as profit on milk sags
WATTSBURG, Pa. – Dairy cows, like professional athletes, are defined by statistics that set their value and determine their fate.
For a few years during the mid-1990s, Wattsburg-area dairy farmer Matt Senita was fielding a team of bovine all-stars.
His were pedigreed Holsteins – not just good enough to be spared a trip to the butcher, but so good that buyers came from around the world to pay top dollar for their embryos or their newborn offspring.
CAFO debate needs strong state assurance
INDIANA’S POLARIZED argument over industrial-sized animal farms shows no signs of moderating. State officials, because they are perceived as pushing agricultural development at virtually any cost, should take note of these divisions and work much harder at taming tempers and providing security and peace of mind for those who distrust this form of farming.
One side of the debate includes those who believe that CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations involving hogs, dairy cattle or other livestock) are merely an economic-development issue and must be “given preference,” due to their potential to increase agricultural jobs and prosperity.
U.S. beef remains shut out of Japan
By PAUL WISEMAN
TOKYO — A mistake at a Brooklyn meatpacking company and public hysteria in Japan about mad cow disease are raising tensions between the United States and Japan, reviving memories of the bitter trade disputes of the 1980s.
Japan reimposed a ban on all U.S. beef on Jan. 20 after Brooklyn meatpacker Atlantic Veal & Lamb shipped to Tokyo boxes of veal containing a spinal column, considered a “specified risk material” for mad cow disease.
K-State scientists offer seasonal tips to cow-calf producers
By Kansas State Research and Extension
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The money you don’t spend is the money you make, advised Twig Marston, cow-calf production specialist at Kansas State University.
With spring’s arrival, many cow-calf producers are right in the thick of calving season. And while they may find little time to think about anything else, producers should also be gearing up for the breeding season, Marston said.
AT NICHOLASVILLE’S ALLTECH, YEAST IS MOST IMPORTANT, BUT THEY’RE REALLY BUBBLING ABOUT LIVESTOCK NUTRIGENOMICS
By Greg Kocher
CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU
Kentucly.com / Lexington Herald
NICHOLASVILLE – If people have heard of Alltech Inc., they probably know it through the company’s Kentucky Ale made in Lexington.
But Alltech is a lot more than beer.
Its big business is the manufacture of all-natural yeast supplements that help cattle, swine and chickens digest their food better — so they, in turn, can become healthier food for people. Alltech’s future is animal nutrigenomics, the science of tailoring nutrition to genetic makeup. It’s a company with $300 million in annual revenue — and aims to become a $1 billion company in the next five years. For comparison, Lexmark reported $5.2 billion in annual revenue last year.
SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF REPLACEMENT HEIFERS IS IMPORTANT
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Maintenance of a quality cow herd requires a constant input of new breeding females. At this time of the year, as fall calving producers are evaluating heifers they are preparing to wean and spring calvers considering the new calf crop they both have decisions to make.