Bills aim to cut down factory farm pollution
Muskegon Chronicle (MI)
Democrats on Wednesday introduced bills in the state Legislature aimed at reducing pollution from large animal feeding farms.
Environmentalists have been seeking ways to reduce hazards from so-called concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, for the past few years. Roughly 250 of Michigan’s 53,000 farms are considered to be CAFOs — an operation with a large, concentrated number of cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys or chickens.
Grass-fed beef promo set for Memorial Day
La Cense Beef offers special Memorial Day BBQ package to introduce grillers to the grass-fed trend.
As home chefs prepare to get the grilling season underway this Memorial Day weekend, a convergence of interest in healthy foods, food safety, the humane treatment of animals, sustainable ranching, and authentic gourmet ingredients is helping the conscientious eating movement hit the coals. And as a result, grass-fed beef is set to go from buzz to boom this summer, states in a news release.
Ron and Sue Mortensen: Drought concerns, pond concerns
By Ron and Sue Mortensen, Market Analysts
In the spirit of extremes, it seems that weather has everyone’s attention this week.
Most of Iowa is a pond this morning, rain is still continuing in the eastern Corn Belt and many farmers are realizing it will be May before they can plant corn. Even with warmer, drier weather in the forecast, frustrated farmers are wondering if the futures market has an adequate risk premium in it to reflect the slow pace of plantings.
Wheat traders are also realizing they need to pay attention to weather in other areas of the world. There are several areas in Europe struggling with a hot, dry spring, including major wheat producers France and Ukraine. French wheat futures prices set new highs this week.
Stocker Cattle Forum: Animal Handling
The stress of handling animals in poor working facilities will result in increased animal sickness and injury as well as dangerous conditions for people working with them. Some of the stresses imposed on these animals in our current production systems are unavoidable.
The phrase “less is more” is very appropriate when handling cattle. Cattle are herd animals by nature and don’t like to be alone. Therefore, handle them in small groups. They do not like to walk into darkened areas and will not move very well around 90° corners. The working alley should be designed so that each animal can see another animal ahead of it.
Europe‘s Largest Livestock Show Continues to Grow
More than 77,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors are expected to attend the 16th edition of Sommet de l’Elevage this year, from Oct. 4 to 6 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The 1,000 exhibitors includes more than 300 international exhibitors from 26 countries. The organizers plan to welcome an abundance of crowds with 77,000 visitors expected during the three days of the trade show, including more than 2,000 foreign visitors from approximately 60 countries. Farm visits will be available, letting visitors discover beef and dairy cattle operations, sheep operations, and an artificial insemination center. These free, half-day tours will be accompanied by a technician and an interpreter.
Profit usually increases the closer beef gets to the plate, economist says
By KARI KRAMER, Country World (TX)
Beef producers can consider a variety of marketing options, but should first look at the work and cost involved with each option.
As markets and the weather change, beef producers may be wondering how to maintain a thriving operation.
Texas Cooperative Extension Economist Dr. Blake Bennett said there are alternative options beef producers can explore when marketing their cattle.
New study measures economic impact of pharmaceutical technologies
Pharmaceutical technologies – parasite control products, growth promotant implants, sub-therapeutic antibiotics, ionophores and beta-agonists – have a profound impact on the U.S. beef industry. The improvement in growth and efficiency produced by these products impacts all phases of beef production – cow-calf, stocker and feedlot – significantly increasing the volume and decreasing the cost of beef we produce in the U.S.
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