Daily Archives: April 24, 2006

Anthrax alert after deaths on Welsh farm

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

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

Mixture Limits E. Coli, Salmonella in Meat

By BETSY BLANEY | Associated Press Writer
Posted April 22, 2006, 1:31 AM EDT
Orlando Sentinel

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

Farmer gives up dairy business as profit on milk sags

Erie Times-News

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

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

U.S. beef remains shut out of Japan

USA Today

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

K-State scientists offer seasonal tips to cow-calf producers

By Kansas State Research and Extension
Midwest Messenger

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.