Cattlemen’s Verified Program Takes Producers From National To International
ARVADA, Colo. August 9, 2006 – After lengthy negotiations and testing of U.S. beef export safeguards, the Japanese government has finally reopened its border to U.S. beef and beef products from cattle verified to be 20 months of age and younger.
The key word to producers is “verified”. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and IMI Global, a USDA-approved Process Verified Company, are pleased to announce the Cattlemen’s Verified Program. CCA is honored to announce this partnership with a company that has been delivering solutions to their customers for ten years.
“We are constantly asked to define the value of verification,” said CCA President, Mark Roeber. “And it’s really quite simple,” he added. “Verification helps producers qualify their cattle for age verified markets and gain access to progressive marketing options; and the bottom line is that it adds value to producers’ beef cattle.”
USDA eases rules on bovine imports from Canada
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department proposed on Wednesday to allow imports of Canadian poultry and pork processed at plants that also handle cattle, in a sign of declining fears of mad cow disease.
USDA now requires that Canadian meat products derived from nonruminant poultry and pigs come from facilities separate from those processing ruminant animals such as cattle, which are susceptible to mad cow disease.
Ruminant animals collect swallowed food in a part of their stomachs for further chewing.
The department said because products derived from nonruminant animals pose a small risk of getting mad cow disease from contaminated products, it was “inconsistent” to have them processed in a separate facility.
A home for the range
St. Petersburg Times
With development consuming more and more Florida ranch land, the Adams Ranch stands as a model for how to preserve nature – and a way of life.
By COLETTE BANCROFT, Times Staff Writer
It could be a scene from another century: Red cattle flow across green Florida grassland, guided by a rangy man on a white horse.
But the Adams Ranch, whose headquarters are in Fort Pierce, is a thoroughly modern cow-calf operation.
Founded in St. Lucie County in 1937 by Alto Adams Sr., the home ranch now covers 23,000 acres (plus operations on another 42,000 acres in three counties). It is run by Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. and his sons Mike and Lee, who help run the cattle ranch, and Robby, who oversees the citrus groves.
The fourth generation is represented by three of Bud Adams’ 12 grandchildren who work on the ranch full time “and a bunch more here in the summer,” Adams says.
Photographer and environmental activist Carlton Ward Jr. of Tampa took these photos this year after he became interested in the Adams Ranch’s historical and environmental legacy.
Although some methods of ranching have been criticized by environmentalists, the Adams family has won awards for its stewardship from such organizations as the Florida Audubon Society.
Blue Grass Stockyards: Finding new home hasn’t been easy
By Andy Mead
Shortly after Milton Stinnett started working at the Blue Grass Stockyards in 1947, he mounted a horse to help drive a herd of cattle there from a farm on nearby Leestown Road.
That couldn’t happen today.
‘It’s all houses over there now,’ Stinnett said yesterday, after bringing in a truck load of cattle from much farther away.
Moo-ve over, Fido: Minicows popular pets
Contra Costa Times
By Jeanine Benca
Judy Dresser knows bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to livestock. On her Danville ranch live six miniature black Angus beef cows.
Dresser began breeding and selling the Australian-developed cattle for fun about two years ago and considers her designer beefers ‘part of the family.’
Anthrax outbreak in cattle on Prairies hits record
CALGARY — An anthrax outbreak has risen to record levels in Saskatchewan and Manitoba where the number of dead animals — most of them cattle — has jumped dramatically in the past month and officials are now frantically vaccinating herds to stop the spread of the disease.
As of yesterday, 628 animals have died on 129 properties in Saskatchewan since the beginning of July, when the bacteria was discovered in a dead bull in Melfort, northeast of Saskatoon, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Tech names associate dean and director
Virginia Tech has named Mark A. McCann of Newport, Va., an associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
“Mark brings an extensive and solid background in Extension to the position,” said Dean Sharron Quisenberry. “His knowledge will help create a vision for Extension that ensures programming to meet the changing needs of Virginia’s citizens.”
McCann oversees the Extension program, which provides research-based educational resources to individuals, families, groups, and organizations, especially in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development.