U.S. Beef Plants Opting Out of Japan Sales
By JOSH FUNK
OMAHA, Neb. – When Japan banned U.S. beef in 2003 because of mad cow fears, the industry braced for a big financial hit, with job losses spilling into Midwest feedlots, supply companies and retail businesses.
So when the Japanese agreed to lift the ban _ contingent on Japanese checks of U.S. beef plants _ it was easy to assume that the inspectors would be welcomed everywhere with open arms.
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With triple-digit temperatures expected throughout the rest of the week, livestock producers will be scrambling to beat the heat.
Very hot, humid weather isn’t just uncomfortable; it’s dangerous for livestock.
The heat can cause a rise in cattle body temperature that is fatal if not regulated.
Sales ring tells sad drought story
By TONY SPILDE
A hot, heavy wind blew through the dusty parking lot at Kist Livestock on Wednesday afternoon, like the panting of an animal that has its foot on your throat. That, sadly, was the situation facing many of the ranchers in attendance.
The prolonged drought here forced many stockmen to sell their cattle far earlier than normal because they don’t have enough grass or hay to feed them. Last year at this time, 456 animals were checked in to be sold. On Wednesday, the count was more than 1,800. They started the sale three hours earlier than normal to accommodate the dramatic increase in livestock.
Pregnant Alberta cow died from BSE, officials confirm
OTTAWA—A four-year-old Alberta cow died of mad cow disease, government officials have confirmed.
The Edmonton-area farm where the cow died remains under quarantine as officials investigate whether the cow had any calves.
The case marks the seventh Canadian cow to die of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. It also marks the second case discovered in the span of a week. A cow in Manitoba was confirmed last week as Canada’s sixth BSE death.
Group sues to prevent new grazing rules
MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer
Harve Daily News (MT)
WASHINGTON — A conservationist group is asking a federal court to block new grazing regulations that it contends would give ranchers more water rights and control over public lands. The Bureau of Land Management announced the final rules Wednesday, and they are to go into effect next month. First proposed in December 2003, the regulations would increase collaboration between the agency and ranchers whose livestock graze on 160 million acres of the nation’s public lands. The rules would allow livestock owners to share costs and ownership of range improvements, for example, and would give some ranchers additional water rights. The rules would also lessen some public input on decisions affecting public rangelands to make the permitting process more efficient. “Under the new regulations, BLM is allowing ranchers to dictate terms of grazing while excluding the public,” said Laird Lucas, lead attorney for the Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project, the group filing the lawsuit in Boise’s U.S. District Court. “The result will be widespread harm to fish and wildlife due to overgrazing.” Bobby McEnaney, a legislative advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said his group and other organizations are planning to file an additional lawsuit to stop the rules from going into effect.
Senator clarifies National Animal Identification System
State Senator, District 42
Currently, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a system that will help track animals in order to locate the source of a significant disease outbreak. I have been contacted by several constituents over the past few months regarding this program and it seems there is a great deal of incorrect information in the public and people are unsure of the program and what they are supposed to do. These discrepancies prompted me to write this; hopefully, I can help people understand why the program is necessary and what they have to do.
US to join Canadian mad cow investigation
By Marcy Nicholson
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on Thursday that an Alberta dairy cow had tested positive for mad cow disease, an announcement that raised enough concern in Washington for it to send an expert to join the investigation.