Daily Archives: September 7, 2006

Arkansas Cow Has Fourth Set of Triplets

Arkansas Cow Has Fourth Set of Triplets


For the fourth time, an Arkansas cow has given birth to triplets – and it’s the ninth time she has given birth to more than one calf at a time. The Charolais-mix cow named Faith has given birth to 22 calves in nine pregnancies – each of them multiples.

“Our vet says she belongs in the Guinness Book of World Records,” owner Jenny Williams said. “She’s amazing.” Veterinarian Dr. G.C. Blair confirmed the 10-year-old’s amazing fertility.

According to researchers at Oklahoma State University, beef cattle have triplets in 1 out of about 105,000 pregnancies, and have twins in 1 out of about 250.


Virginia, the Beef-Cow State?

Virginia, the Beef-Cow State?

by Harvey Hall, styleweekly.com

Forget tobacco. Virginia’s becoming a go-to state for beef cattle. The state is now ranked 15th in the United States for its beef cattle production, beating out such cow-strong states as Colorado and New Mexico, according to the latest U.S. Cattle Inventory report. The recent surge in beef cattle has something to do with the industry’s growth in traditional tobacco-growing regions of the state, says Bill McKinnon, executive secretary of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association.“The decrease in tobacco growing has released some other resources,” McKinnon says, explaining that farming operations have slowly been shifting people, money and their land to other agricultural businesses — particularly beef cattle.


Good Pasture Plan Key to Successful Grazing

Good Pasture Plan Key to Successful Grazing

Midwest Messenger

Ron Johnson, Dairy Editor

Going to grazing? You’ll do better if you possess a plan.

Having a plan in place – a good one – can save time, prevent frustration and keep you from wasting money.

“You only have so much money to lose in farming. You don’t want to blame the grazing specialist,” quipped Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Grazing Lands Specialist Rick Zirk. He spoke at the recent Wisconsin Grazing School at Rice Lake.


Zirk advised using the resources you already have, whenever possible. That means using your farm’s perimeter fences if they’re in good shape, and using – at least for the time being – the grasses and legumes that are naturally occurring on your land. Existing pastures can be renovated later, if there’s the need.

However, if your perimeter fences are not up to snuff, by all means invest money in them, Zirk advised. Besides keeping your livestock in, they will help keep predators out.


American beef bowl is back!

American beef bowl is back!

With mad-cow fears subsiding, fast-food firm resurrects a hit


Mailtribune.com / The Associated Press

TOKYO — The Japanese fast-food chain that made its fame on a rice dish topped with American beef said Wednesday the “beef bowl” will return Sept. 18 after a two-year hiatus caused by a mad-cow scare.

But Yoshinoya D&C Co. will have just 1 million servings, which are likely to sell out before the day is over, said the company’s president, Shuji Abe.

The chain, which operates about 1,000 restaurants nationwide, won’t be able to regularly offer its famous “gyudon,” as it can’t procure a sufficient supply of American beef because of Tokyo’s decision to only allow cattle aged 20 months or younger in lifting its ban on U.S. beef.


House to Vote on Ban of Horse Slaughter

House to Vote on Ban of Horse Slaughter

CBS News

WASHINGTON, Sep. 7, 2006(AP) The House is once again confronting the slaughter of horses for meat, a practice lawmakers thought they had ended last year.

Congress voted in 2005 to stop horse slaughter. But they didn’t ban it outright _ lawmakers yanked the salaries and expenses of federal inspectors. In response, the Bush administration simply started charging slaughter plants for inspections.

A vote was planned Thursday on whether to put an end to horse slaughter. Critics call the industry un-American.

“Everyone knows who Mr. Ed, Secretariat and Silver are. I dare anyone to name a list of famous cattle or chickens,” Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., said in recent testimony to a House subcommittee.

“They are American icons that deserve to be treated as such. Would we ever think of slaughtering and serving a bald eagle in this country? The same should be true of the horse,” Sweeney said.

American horse meat is sold mostly for human consumption in Europe and Asia, although some goes to U.S. zoos.

The industry’s defenders say that slaughter plants offer a low-cost, humane way to ending a horse’s life when it is no longer useful.


Seoul to unveil panel decision on U.S. beef imports Friday

Seoul to unveil panel decision on U.S. beef imports Friday

Yonhap News

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Thursday that it will announce Friday a food safety panel’s decision on whether to lift a ban on U.S. beef imports that was imposed about three years ago following the discovery of a case of mad cow disease in America.

The panel, made up of government officials, veterinary experts and representatives of cattle-related interest groups, met Thursday afternoon to discuss the findings by the latest mission to seven meat-processing facilities in the U.S.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said earlier in the week that all seven facilities met safety requirements set by Seoul, hinting that the first shipments of imports could be hitting supermarket shelves in mid-October.

The same facilities failed to meet these standards during an inspection visit in late May.


USDA sees enough corn to double ethanol output

USDA sees enough corn to double ethanol output


WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol output could double to 10 billion gallons annually by 2010 without igniting a food-vs.-fuel fight over whether to use corn as livestock rations or making the alternative fuel, a government economist said on Wednesday.

At a Senate Environment Committee hearing, the Agriculture Department’s chief economist said the surging ethanol industry could incite record corn (maize) prices in the next five or six years to bring more land into corn production.

“There will be some costs, but it will be manageable,” said chief economist Keith Collins. He said steadily rising yields and larger plantings would assure adequate supplies. Co-products of ethanol are useful feed ingredients, too.