FDA Says Clones Are Safe To Eat
Voluntary Ban On Food Sale Still in Effect
By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Taking a long-awaited stand in an emotionally fraught food fight, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday released a 678-page analysis concluding that milk and meat from cloned animals pose no unique risks to consumers.
The decision, subject to change after a period of public comment, stops short of approving the sale of food from clones and leaves in place for now a long-standing government request that farmers keep their clones off the market.
BeefTalk: The Future – Proven Bulls
By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
NDSU Extension Service
There is nothing more relevant or futuristic in the beef business than a good discussion about buying bulls. This involves a process of selection that impacts the foundation of individual beef herds and the essence of the beef industry. As the discussion deepens, the concept of proven bulls has to evolve.
The result of purchasing semen from bulls that have proven themselves as being quality bulls is easily evident within producer herds. A bigger issue — that the beef raised and made available to the consumer must be of the highest quality — is absolutely critical.
Proven bulls, not just bulls, are the key ingredient. Proven bulls ensure that the right pieces are in the mix to allow management to fine-tune the ultimate product, beef. The industry’s reputation and future depend on these bulls.
Poor Temperament Adversely Affected Performance & Profit
Mississippi State Univ. researchers used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a “Farm to Feedlot” program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance, carcass characteristics, and net profit. Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity. Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot. Following is a summary of results.
Winter Storm To Stress Western Plains Cattle
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)–The winter storm now developing in Colorado will add stress to feedlot cattle in the west central Plains, but defining the boundary for the worst of the storm is hard to do at this point, said meteorologists and cattle traders Thursday.
The storm comes a week after the last blizzard, which dumped up to two feet or more of snow on parts of Denver and eastern Colorado. Rain and snow also hit parts of the Texas Panhandle and southern Kansas.
Feedlot cattle endured rain and sometimes ice and snow from the storm directly, and then they had to deal with muddy feedlot conditions, feeders, brokers and market analysts said. Warm weather the last few days has allowed feedlot managers to scrape pens and generally get caught up with maintenance, but some of the cattle are just now getting over the health issues related to the wet pens.
Korea threatens total ban on U.S. beef
South Korean lawmakers are reportedly threatening to ban all U.S. beef imports.
A South Korean parliamentary committee is threatening to completely ban imports of U.S. beef if Washington continues to demand Seoul ease its quarantine inspection regulations, according to an Asia Pulse news report.
South Korean officials have rejected all three U.S. beef shipments sent since Korea agreed to end a three year ban on U.S. beef imports.
Forage short course set
Baxter Bulletin (MO)
A forage short course is set for livestock producers in Baxter, Boone, Marion and Searcy counties from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 at the Fred Berry Conservation Education Center in Yellville.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
The forage short course is designed as a two-night study on specific forage management issues.
Four State Beef Conference includes stop near Lewis
By Jennifer Nichols, Atlantic News Telegraph
The 23rd Annual Four-State Beef Conference will include stop at the Iowa State University (ISU) Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis. According to a press release, the conference, which also includes stops in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, will be at the Armstrong Research Farm on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“The Four-State Beef Conferences are designed to give beef cattle producers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska an annual update on current cow-calf and stocker topics,” officials wrote in the press release about the event. “The conferences provide a forum of Extension Specialists from four of the USA’s leading beef cattle land grant universities. Sessions are also being held in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.”
‘Clone-Free’ Food Labels on Horizon?
By Libby Quaid
CBNNews.com — WASHINGTON — Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don’t be surprised if “clone-free” labels appear sooner.
Ben & Jerry’s, for one, wants consumers to know that its ice cream comes from regular cows and not clones. The Ben & Jerry’s label already says its farmers don’t use bovine growth hormone.
“We want to make sure people are confident with what’s in our pints,” company spokesman Rob Michalak said. “We haven’t yet landed on exactly how we want to express that publicly.”
For food that does come from clones, the Food and Drug Administration is unlikely to require labels, officials said.
Cloned animal products receive FDA approval
Dec 28, 2006 – The practice of cloning animals has been largely debated ever since the now infamous sheep Dolly was cloned ten years ago. On Thursday, the FDA took that debate to new levels with the declaration that food from cloned animals is safe to eat.
The agency released the conclusion after years of study, saying the meat and milk products from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are safe to serve in restaurants and sell in grocery stores.
Are cloned meat and milk safe?
London Times (UK)
Yes. There are no reasons to believe that meat or milk from cloned animals are unsafe to eat. Studies have shown no meaningful differences except, perhaps, in the right direction. Beef from cloned cattle, for example, shows better marbling of fat and lean — a desirable feature — because the clones were made from prize animals that themselves had this quality.
FDA Ruling Could Boost Texas Biotech Firm
By Renuka Rayasam
US News and World Report
At a Texas ranch run by a biotechnology company, a dozen brown-and-white longhorn calves frolic in a fenced-off plot dotted with yellow wildflowers. The playful 2-week-old babies nudge one another and run together. If the calves seem unusually close, it’s because they are. All clones of one show champion longhorn, they share the exact same DNA but were borne by 12 different surrogate cows.
Madison Co. ag center planned
20 acres purchased for facility across from MCMS, MCHS
BY ZACH MITCHAM
It’s long been a dream in Madison County’s farming community to open an agricultural center, a place where young and old can learn about livestock, rural living and the land.
That may soon be a reality, not just a dream.
Plans are under way to open a privately-funded $2 million agricultural center across from the high school and middle school in Danielsville sometime in the next few years. And the property for that center is now secured.
Three Madison County agricultural organizations — the Farm Bureau, the Cattlemen’s Association and the Young Farmers’ Association — have joined hands to purchase a plot of land across from the high school and middle school for an ag center.
That deal was closed last week, with the three ag organizations buying just over 20 acres of land adjacent to the school sports complex from property owner William T. Meadow for roughly $160,000.
The proposed center will include a 20,000 to 25,000-square-foot ag facility, which will include an indoor livestock arena, classrooms and kitchen and dining area. There will also be “outdoor classrooms” where youth can learn about environmental science, horticulture, forestry and wildlife.
Temple Grandin Turned a Disability Into an Asset for Animals
Voice of America
By Brian Larson
“There’s no way I would not want to be autistic,” Temple Grandin asserts. “That’s who I am.” When she talks about her autism, a common mental development disorder, she likens it to the number of Internet connections in a large office building. Some departments have extra cables running to the brain, she says, while others do not. She concludes, “I got hooked up sort of in the logic department and visual thinking department and I like the way I think. I like my very clear, logical, visual kinds of thinking.”
State Ag director leaves post
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state’s longest-serving agriculture director made great strides in raising the department’s profile but has a mixed record in keeping farms from harming the environment, supporters and critics say.
Fred Dailey, 61, is leaving the Agriculture Department after 16 years when Democrat Ted Strickland takes over as governor on Jan. 8. Gov. George Voinovich, a Republican, hired him in 1991.
He had served as Indiana’s agriculture director and worked for the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattleman’s Association. Voinovich’s successor, Republican Bob Taft, signed him up for another eight years in 1998.
Prices paid to some ag producers up, costs up for all
by Peter Shinn
USDA said Thursday the average farm-gate price for all products rose by .08% in December, lifted by a 5.5% increase in feed grains and hay prices from the prior month, and held back by a 3.5% decrease in the value of livestock for meat compared to November.
Gains in the value of feed grains and hay were even more dramatic when compared to December of 2005. USDA said, on an indexed basis, prices paid for feed grains and hay were up 50% year-on-year. On the other hand, losses for meat animals were also significant compared to last year, down nearly 10% from December of 2005.