Daily Archives: January 17, 2008

Laura’s Lean Beef is sold

Laura’s Lean Beef is sold

Bought by Colo.-based firm

By Karla Ward

Lexington Herald Leader

Laura’s Lean Beef Co. doesn’t belong to Laura anymore.

The Lexington company, founded in 1985 by Laura Freeman, has been sold to Colorado-based Meyer Natural Angus. The price was not disclosed.

“It’s not going to affect anything about our products … or how we do business,” said Chris Anderson, marketing director for Laura’s.

He said the company will continue to be based in Lexington and will operate somewhat independently of Meyer.

John Tobe, a former Jerrico executive and partner in the company with Freeman, will remain at Laura’s to oversee day-to-day operations.

Freeman will serve in a consulting capacity.



USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market

USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market

Rick Weiss

Washington Post

The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday asked U.S. farmers to keep their cloned animals off the market indefinitely even as Food and Drug Administration officials announced that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat.

Bruce I. Knight, the USDA’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, requested an ongoing “voluntary moratorium” to buy time for “an acceptance process” that Knight said consumers in the United States and abroad will need, “given the emotional nature of this issue.”

Yet even as the two agencies sought a unified message — that food from clones is safe for people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations — evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already eating meat from the offspring of clones.


Ranch Sells Beef for Dinner, Bones for Surgery

Ranch Sells Beef for Dinner, Bones for Surgery

By Alexis Madrigal


Prather Ranch’s dry-aged, organic New York steaks will set you back $20 per pound at its upscale stall in San Francisco’s Ferry Building farmers market. But even at that price, foodies aren’t the company’s best market.

The most valuable parts of its cows are the inedible parts: pituitary glands, bones, heart muscles and hides. Medical companies covet them for making surgical glue, bone screws, collagen and artificial skin.


Cattle producers urged to keep open mind on trends

Cattle producers urged to keep open mind on trends


Tulsa World

American cattle producers willing to compete big in tomorrow’s marketplace better be ready to think both locally and globally, understand that less is more and that up is sometimes down, according to advice given by experts at a four-state conference Wednesday.

The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference attracted livestock operators from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by the local Cooperative Extension Service.

Savvy cattle business people need to get specific in their strategies and understand emerging trends among consumers domestically and worldwide, said Marcine Moldenhauer, assistant vice president for Wichita-based Cargill Beef. These consumers might end up eating less beef, but they want prime cuts.


European Union makes calls for beef trade

European Union makes calls for beef trade

Western Livestock Journal

In 2007, U.S. trade representatives spent a great deal of their time engaged with countries in the Pacific Rim trying to re-establish trade lost after the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak. The new year, however, may bring renewed interest in beef trade from countries across a different ocean.

Europe’s long-standing ban of U.S. beef imports due to hormone use has been met by increased tariffs and a current ban on European imports due to BSE concerns. Europe’s problems with BSE were more extensive than in the U.S., but European officials believed they had reached an agreement to trade any boneless beef under 30 months of age.



Keep heifer development costs in check

Keep heifer development costs in check

by Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Cow-calf producers have experienced some of the best times in recent history of the beef industry. Total calf inventory has been low, and demand for calves has been high, resulting in good calf prices.


Radio Host, Writer Trent Loos to Address NIAA Annual Meeting Attendees

Radio Host, Writer Trent Loos to Address NIAA Annual Meeting Attendees

Radio host and agriculture writer Trent Loos and his burning passion to make a difference in animal agriculture will be front and center when he serves as the featured evening banquet speaker at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual meeting, Tuesday, April 1, in Indianapolis, Ind.

“Trent Loos is a sixth-generation animal food provider who travels the country meeting with farmers and ranchers,” states Dr. Jerome Geiger, chair of NIAA’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee. “Trent’s unique style—complete with black cowboy hat and handlebar mustache—balances industry information that all in agriculture need to know with a highly entertaining delivery.”

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Cattle Health: Effective Fly Control, Part II

Cattle Health: Effective Fly Control, Part II


Stable Flies. While primarily a pest of confined cattle, stable flies can move from lots to nearby pastures and cause significant problems there as well.

– Similar in appearance to housefly, but with piercing mouthparts

– Daytime blood feeders; fierce biters, primarily on the feet and knees of cattle

– Eggs in moist, decaying organic matter

– Strong fliers; when not on cattle, they rest in shade on buildings, posts, plants

– Can reduce feedlot gains .2 to .5 lb/day, and feed efficiency 11-13%.


Animal Cloning: FAQs About Cloning For Livestock Managers

Animal Cloning: FAQs About Cloning For Livestock Managers


Does FDA support animal cloning?

FDA neither supports nor opposes the cloning of food-producing animals for agricultural purposes. FDA’s job is to protect the public health. While FDA worked to complete the final Animal Cloning Risk Assessment process, it asked producers to voluntarily keep food from clones out of the food supply until we had assessed its safety. Because the agency has insufficient information to determine its safety, FDA continues to ask producers to voluntarily keep food from clone species other than cattle, swine, and goats (e.g., sheep) out of the food supply.


Cattle Diseases: VIBRIOSIS

Cattle Diseases: VIBRIOSIS

Cattle Today

Vibriosis (Campylobacter fetus) in cattle is an infectious bacterial disease of the genital tract causing infertility and occasional abortions.  It is a venereal disease spread by infected bulls when they mate susceptible cows and heifers.   It is considered to be the most important cause of infertility in cattle.  Good vaccines are available, but it still causes losses simply because they are not used in many herds.  Infection introduced into a non-exposed or non-vaccinated herd will spread rapidly during breeding.

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New rule could add to horse slaughter woes

New rule could add to horse slaughter woes

—Lack of legislative support prompts USDA to take action.

Western Livestock Journal

A new rule published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7, 2007, threatens to do what the U.S. Congress so far has seemed slow to do: Permanently ban not only the slaughter of horses in the U.S., but also the sale and transport of any horse USDA believes could be destined for such an end.

Published as a ‘proposed rule,’ the text actually is an amendment to the existing regulations which are meant to ensure the adequate health and treatment of horses bound for slaughter. The current regulations placed a ban on the use of double-decker trailers for hauling equines to terminal locations and now seeks to extend the ban, as well as the transportation and care requirements, to nearly all horses being transported.


Fischer Red Angus Donates to the Junior Red Angus Association

Fischer Red Angus Donates to the Junior Red Angus Association

Cattle Today

Ron and Ester Fischer of Fischer Red Angus in Harlowton, MT, have made a generous donation to the National Junior Red Angus Association (JRA). The Fischers have donated four embryos to be auctioned off at the Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver, CO, on January 21, 2008. The embryos are out of Fischer Coppertop 882 (601955) and LMAN King Rob 8621 (335067). The dam is a daughter of the famed Coppertop 591 cow, and has an MPPA of 105.8. The sire is one of the most heavily used and influential sires in the breed with progeny located in herds across the country. The offering is a great chance to select genetics from one of the leading Red Angus herds in the country.


New Extension newsletter to help beef producers seasonally tune management

New Extension newsletter to help beef producers seasonally tune management

North Texas e-News

CORPUS CHRISTI – Beef livestock and meats specialists with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M animal science department have developed a newsletter for beef cattle producers.

The newsletter is intended to promote seasonal management practices to the state’s cattle raisers and will be distributed quarterly.


A short course on longhorns

A short course on longhorns

A liberal dose

Spotting an attribute that sets Texas longhorns apart from other cattle isn’t really tough to do.

After all, it’s right there in the name.

Still, lovers of the distinctive breed say there’s even more to like.

‘They’re virtually disease-free, and they’re a lean beef,’ said Bob Moore, who has been raising longhorns since 1978 on his Gainesville ranch.

On Wednesday, he had a front-row seat for the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow youth show, which is called the Linda Moore Classic after his deceased wife.

All morning and into the afternoon, purebred longhorns of different sizes, shapes and colorings — some reddish-speckled, some black-spotted, some both — circled and strutted through W.R. Watt Arena led by children and teenagers.


How Brazil outfarmed the American farmer

How Brazil outfarmed the American farmer

After a half-century of dominance, the U.S. is losing its edge in agriculture to a booming, high-tech Latin American powerhouse. Its secret weapon? Soybeans.

By Susanna B. Hecht and Charles C. Mann


Phil Corzine is not abandoning Illinois. A longtime soybean farmer in Assumption, a small town east of Springfield, he is firmly loyal to his state – he once ran the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, a program in which Illinois farmers promote Illinois soybeans. But the 1,300 acres Corzine planted in 2007 are not in Illinois, or even in the Midwest. They’re in central Brazil, in the state of Tocantins, part of a big swath of soy-producing lands that stretch between the Andes and the Atlantic forest and from northern Argentina to the southern flanks of the Amazon basin. Soylandia, as this immense region might be called, is almost entirely unknown to Americans. But it may well be the future of one of the world’s most important industries: grain agriculture.