Video Feature: Animal Welfare, Standards: Whose Responsibility?
When it comes to setting welfare standards for food-producing animals, who’s responsibility should it be, that of the livestock producers who’s very living depends on the health and well-being of their animals, food service companies, animal welfare groups or others.
Senate passes farm bill, moves to conference under veto threat
The Senate on Friday voted 79-14 to pass a version of the 2007 Farm Bill the White House has already threatened to veto, sending the legislation to the House-Senate conference committee to hash out differences and agree on a bill that the White House will sign.
“This legislation is fundamentally flawed. Unless the House and Senate can come together and craft a measure that contains real reform, we are no closer to a good farm bill than we were before today’s passage,” Acting Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner said in a statement.
Range Science 101: Supplementing Protein on Low Quality Forages
By Eric Mousel, South Dakota State University
As the growing season winds down for this year, many ranchers will be extending the grazing season on corn stalks, winter range, and other stockpiled forages. Although extended grazing is a cheap and flexible way to feed cattle in the winter, it typically involves forages that are low in feed quality.
Low quality feeds are ideal to winter mature, spring calving cows on because the nutrient requirements of the cow at this time of year are fairly low and will remain low until the third trimester of gestation (about 75 days before calving).
House-Passed Energy Bill Is Detrimental To Livestock
It still seems strange that agriculture is more concerned about the energy bill than the farm bill but that’s certainly the case and for good reason. The fallout stands to be greater under the energy bill.
The House passed its version with some amazingly aggressive renewable fuel mandates this week. The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) would begin with 9 billion gals. in 2008 and end up with 36 billion in 2022. The ethanol-based mandate would be doubled to 15 billion gals. by 2015. The blender’s credit would also be reduced by 5¢ from 51¢ to 46¢ over that time, but the 54¢ ethanol-import tariff would remain in place.
Organized Efforts Result In Successful Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
KANSAS CITY, Mo – More than six hundred age, source and health verified Herefords and Hereford-crosses brought more than $20,000 in premiums for 34 consignors to the first Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Dec 6. The Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB) and Hereford Verified eligible calves from eight states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin – were sold at the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn in Carthage, Ill.
An Illinois Department of Agriculture analysis revealed that compared to the week’s Illinois auction average, some consignors earned on average, an additional $57.50 per head by participating in organized marketing efforts, bringing together the numbers and verification that feeders demand.
Organic Farm Bill
By MATTHEW WILDE,
CEDAR FALLS — People want organic food, and Iowa farmers are delivering.
It appears the federal government will finally deliver something to producers: Help. Congress has proposed hundreds of millions of dollars for organic farmers and consumers in the farm bill currently being debated.
Organic food sales reached $16.9 billion last year, according to industry statistics, growing at a rate of about 20 percent a year. Iowa farmers rank in the top 10 in several organic categories nationwide, including first in pork at more than 4,500 head a year. Organic foods now command a 3.5 percent market share nationwide.
This occurred largely without government help. Organic industry officials believe sales and production could dwarf current figures if Congress passes the farm bill, which will be a boon to the farm sector.
Cattle producers try direct marketing
The P.E.I. Cattlemen’s Association is putting together a list of Island producers who want to sell their beef directly to consumers.
Many Islanders want to buy local beef but simply don’t know how, association president Darlene Sanford told CBC News Monday.
“We’ve had direct phone calls, meeting people on the street, out Christmas shopping the other night, and had people tell me, ‘We want to support local producers, but we’re not sure where to go,’ ” Sanford said.