Challenging bovine Big Brother
Entrepreneur creates own radio chips to ID cows
By Brian Bergstein
Associated Press / Fortwayne.com
TULSA, Okla. – After growing up on a cattle ranch, John Hassell became an electrical engineer specializing in wireless technology. So he feels doubly qualified to offer this warning about the system taking shape to track cattle across America: It won’t work.
To be sure, he doesn’t quibble with the logic of the system. It stems from the Bush administration’s plan to give agriculture inspectors the ability to pinpoint the origins of “mad cow” and other diseases within 48 hours. Livestock facilities and individual animals will get identifying numbers, which owners will use to document the beasts’ movements in industry databases.
Alleged thief squeezes calves in small car
Associated Press / Sanluisobispo.com
OGDENSBURG, N.Y. – A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing seven calves from a Canton farmer, sheriff’s deputies said.
Victor R. Gardner, 22, is accused of squeezing seven of the young cattle into the back seat and trunk of a 2000 Dodge Neon. He is charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny.
Reverse split helps eMerge recover after shaky start
BY SCOTT BLAKE
With the scare over mad-cow disease and the mass recalls of beef in recent years, it seemed like there would be a big market for cattle tracking and inspection products. But, so far, that hasn’t been the case for Sebastian-based eMerge Interactive Inc., which makes such products.
Will We See Meat Even Vegetarians Can Love?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA
June 1, 2006
By Ingrid E. Newkirk
Imagine tucking into a plate of sausages, popping chicken nuggets into your mouth and dining on a sumptuous steak — all with the approval of the most ardent vegan animal rights activists.
This may not be just wishful thinking, for meat-eaters or activists, because scientists at the University of Maryland say that it is possible to grow huge quantities of meat in laboratories and market it to consumers.
This is truly science that will benefit everyone, and I urge legislators, government agencies and officials to support it.
The other side of NAIS
By Randy Givens
for eco-logic/Powerhouse / citizenreviewonline.com
June 1, 2006
Editors’ note: Here is a reply to a recent pro-NAIS article by Cindy Coping, published in the May, 2006, People for the West Newsletter (scroll down to read the original article).
I was extremely disappointed to read the article on the National Animal Identification by Cindy Coping in your May Newsletter. The article is full of incorrect information, and a defeatist attitude which flies in the face of your mission.
Here is a rebuttal of just a few of her incorrect statements:
Ninety-eight percent of U.S. farms are family farms
Thursday, June 1, 2006, 1:38 PM
by Bob Meyer
The latest statistics from the USDA Economic Research Service show 98% of the farms in the United States are family farms. The Structure and Finances of U.S. Farms: 2005 Family Farm Report defines family farms as, “Proprietorships, partnerships or family operations that do not have hired managers.” The report found four major points:
Large family farms, those with annual sales over $1 million, account for only 9% of total farms in 2003 but produced 73% of all production by value. Small family operations do account for significant amounts of hay, tobacco, cash grains, dairy and beef cattle.
National Beef completes acquisition of Brawley Beef
June 1, 2006
by Keith Nunes
KANSAS CITY, MO. – National Beef Packing Company, L.L.C. and its majority owner, U.S. Premium Beef, L.L.C. (U.S.P.B.), announced the completion of its acquisition of Brawley, Calif.-based Brawley Beef, L.L.C. The acquisition results in Brawley contributing its assets in exchange for an ownership interest in U.S.P.B. For National Beef, the acquisition of Brawley Beef creates a new relationship with its owner/producers in Arizona and California.
As part of the acquisition, National Beef will own and operate the Brawley Beef facility. The plant, constructed in 2001, has the capacity to process over 400,000 cattle annually.