Daily Archives: April 23, 2007

Board of Animal Health orders cattle restrictions

Board of Animal Health orders cattle restrictions

High Plains Journal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)–State animal health officials have announced rules for imported cattle to try to keep North Dakota free of bovine tuberculosis.

Cattle brought to North Dakota for rodeo events must have a negative bovine tuberculosis test within a year before importation into the state, the state Board of Animal Health says. Mexican-branded cattle must have proof of two negative bovine tuberculosis tests by USDA-accredited veterinarians, with the last test within 60 days prior entering North Dakota.

The state veterinarian, Dr. Susan Keller, can approve exceptions.

Keller said cases of tuberculosis in cattle have been traced to Mexico.

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Eat your greens to go green

Eat your greens to go green

DesMoines Register

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Recently, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, involving dozens of experts, provided a more detailed assessment of the effects of global warming on North America.

The 67-page report predicts devastating droughts and hurricanes and extensive flooding of coastal areas, displacing millions. Erratic weather fluctuations are likely to increase human and animal casualties from heat, storms, pollution and infectious diseases.

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Cattlemen request reformed market structure

Cattlemen request reformed market structure

The Prairie Star

WASHINGTON, D.C. n U.S. cattle producers asked Congress to correct the deficiencies in the U.S. livestock market that presently give the nation’s largest meatpackers a distinct pricing advantage over domestic cattle prices and have resulted in an erosion of competition for livestock producers.

This was the message contained in testimony given today by R-CALF USA Region VII Director Eric Nelson during today’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on competition issues, titled “Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Agricultural Producers.” Nelson is an Iowa cow/calf producer and feedlot owner.

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Utah farmers get older as the young bail out

Utah farmers get older as the young bail out 

Daily Herald(UT)

Kim Burgess

LOGAN, Utah — Nearly every morning, 88-year-old Don Hansen gets up at 5 a.m. to check on his alfalfa fields and dairy cattle. After 60 years in the business, he’s slowed down a bit but not much.

“Now I lay there a little longer in bed if I feel like it,” he said. “I only need seven hours (of sleep) usually, but sometimes I rest a little more.”

The Smithfield resident isn’t the only senior citizen who’s still climbing on a tractor; a growing number of farmers are working long into their golden years. Nationwide, nearly 30 percent of farmers are over 65, and the trend holds true in Cache Valley where the average age for a farmer is 54.3 years old.

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First Shipment of U.S. Beef Since Late Last Year Arrives in South Korea

First Shipment of U.S. Beef Since Late Last Year Arrives in South Korea

ABC News

SEOUL, South Korea The first shipment of U.S. beef since late last year arrived in South Korea on Monday after three previous shipments were rejected for containing banned bone fragments, the U.S. Meat Export Federation said.

American beef has been absent from South Korean markets for more than three years after the first case of mad cow disease was discovered in the United States in December 2003.

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Ethanol demand could trim grassland

Ethanol demand could trim grassland

Federal study predicts losses would be heaviest in central portion of S. Dakota

By Ben Shouse

Sioux Falls Argis Leader

A new federal report suggests that ethanol demand could accelerate the loss of native grassland in central South Dakota, but there are serious gaps in the data.

Farmers have been converting grazing lands and Conservation Reserve Program acres to crops for several years. That has raised concerns about wildlife habitat and the productivity of the land should it return to grazing in the future.

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Eco-beef

Eco-beef

By TOM MAST

Casper Star-Tribune

LANDER — The grass-fed and finished cattle of the Twin Creek Ranch near Lander have just one really bad day.

That’s when they become T-bone steaks.

But after the calves are born until that time, they can expect to live pretty much as elk and bison before them lived, maturing without ingesting pesticides and herbicides on the plants they eat, and without synthetic hormones and antibiotics pumping through their systems.

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