Daily Archives: November 7, 2006

USDA Approves Two Instrument Systems for Beef Carcass Marbling Scores

USDA Approves Two Instrument Systems for Beef Carcass Marbling Scores

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Livestock and Seed (LS) Program today announced approval of two image-based instrument grading systems for the determination of beef carcass marbling scores for use in the evaluation of Official USDA Quality Grades for Carcass Beef.

The two instruments approved are the VBS2000 (E+V Technology, Oranienburg, Germany) and the Computer Vision System (RMS Research Management Systems, Fort Collins, Colorado). The systems were found appropriate for objectively predicting marbling scores accurately and precisely for use in the evaluation of beef carcasses for quality grade, certification programs, and carcass data information programs.

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Revolutionary animal health bag promises big livestock benefits

Revolutionary animal health bag promises big livestock benefits

By Mark E. Johnson

Tennessee Cooperator

The inspiration for a good idea can come from anywhere. For Sir Isaac Newton, it came from a falling apple. Levi Strauss saw potential in yards of unwanted tent canvas and thousands of poorly dressed 49ers. And last December, Dr. Clyde Lane’s epiphany arrived with the recollection of a gallon of ice cream at a grocery store checkout lane.

“I was sitting in my office trying to come up with ways to get our Beef Quality Assurance [BQA] message across,” explains Lane, a University of Tennessee professor of animal science and state coordinator of the BQA program. “For some reason, I remembered seeing a supermarket clerk putting ice cream into an insulated bag. I thought, ‘Now, why can’t we do that with our vaccines?’”

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The Purpose-Driven Herd

The Purpose-Driven Herd

by: Steve Suther

Cattle Today

The cows in your herd are there for a reason. For profit’s sake, let’s hope it’s not just because you can’t catch them. How did they get on the place, and why do you let them stay?

You should consider those questions for each cow, but start with the big picture. Why do you have cows? That’s a deeper question than you can answer in a few seconds.

Many people looking for even deeper answers have purchased Rick Warren’s spiritual bestseller, “The Purpose-Driven Life.” In the last few years, his concepts have spread to the business world. You can now find articles on “purpose-driven management” in everything from software development to drywall construction and forestry. Why not animal husbandry?


A garlic flavored cow

A garlic flavored cow

Veterinarian researchers find that garlic used to ward off cattle ticks also improves taste of beef

Nurit Palter


Soon there’ll be no need to season your steak as cows will be fed garlic flavored hay.

The Veterinarian Institute at the Agricultural Ministry recently conducted comprehensive research into the food being fed to cattle raised

for meat. Contrary to the black and white dairy cows, cattle grown for beef spend most of their time pasturing outdoors and often become infested with ticks


UTM, state partner to improve cattle health

UTM, state partner to improve cattle health

Michael Crump Staff Writer, The Pacer (TN)

UTM and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture are going into “business” together.

The current venture involves a partnership to improve cattle health in West Tennessee.

The partnership was marked with the unveiling of a mobile, high-tech trailer that will be managed by the university for the purpose of demonstrating proper cattle handling and health practices.

The MobilcattleDocTm is a 24-foot long, 8-foot tall trailor that can be pulled to any location and is efficient for handling and holding cows.


Creekstone answers USDA in court over mad cow testing

Creekstone answers USDA in court over mad cow testing

The Wichita Eagle

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef has answered the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s court documents opposing the company’s motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against USDA.

Creekstone sued the USDA in March for refusing to allow the Arkansas City beef processor to voluntarily test all the cattle it slaughters for BSE, commonly called mad cow disease.

USDA officials have told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Creekstone’s case is now largely moot because Japan and Korea have re-opened their borders to U.S. imports. Several countries had banned imports of U.S. beef because of concerns over mad cow.

The USDA maintains that it has the right to regulate private testing for BSE on the basis of a 100-year-old law intended to stop the sale of bogus hog cholera serums to Midwest farmers.


Early weaning can be solution to limited range resources

Early weaning can be solution to limited range resources

By Jennifer M. Latzke

High Plains Journal

It’s dry out there.

In these drought conditions, from Texas to North Dakota, and all points in between, ranchers are facing some difficult decisions regarding their cow herds. “Should I cull more stringently?” “Should I retain fewer replacement females?” “How am I going to feed the cow herd when pastures are blowing away and my hay resources are shot?”

One answer that researchers at Kansas State University and other agricultural colleges are touting is the use of early weaning calves as a range management and cow management tool.