Daily Archives: February 8, 2008

Tune up the Beef Machine With Good Management

Tune up the Beef Machine With Good Management

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

It troubles the mind to think how far back someone has been turning raw products into useable goods. Take an old butter churn for instance, how long did it take for one person in the family to put this item on the table. Even though it was often one person doing the work, this could be an example of one of the earliest factories.The growing nation struggled to become industrialized with factories working in a slow and inefficient manner to produce small quantities of a certain item. Then boom! Mr. Ford invented the assembly line system and it was off to the races. However, these factories and its workers could not run non stop without minor maintenance during shift changes and major overhauls when called for to maintain efficiency.


Profit comes in pounds for cattle feeders

Profit comes in pounds for cattle feeders


Lancaster Online

The difference between profit and loss for a cattle farmer can be measured in pounds.And that leads to uncertainties for the future of farming and coming generations of farmers.More than 170 people gathered at Lancaster Farm & Home Center Tuesday afternoon for the annual Cattle Feeder’s Day, sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, to discuss issues surrounding the production of cattle and ways to find more economic advantages. Dry-aging enhances beef flavor and tenderness and is used by a growing number of foodservice and retailers for the high-end, gourmet market. Dry-aging is a process where beef carcasses are stored without protective packaging at refrigeration temperatures for one to five weeks to allow the natural processes to occur that result in improved tenderness and the development of the unique flavor that can only be described as “dry-aged beef.”


The Dry-Aged Beef Experience

The Dry-Aged Beef Experience


Checkoff-funded research shows dry-aging technique to enhance flavor and tenderness.

Do any of these words come to mind when you think of beef? Buttery. Rich. Mellow. Superb. Earthy. If traditional beef doesn’t have the taste buds screaming “intense,” then dry-aged beef might arouse the sensory beef experience you’ve been looking for.  Texas A&M University Regents Professor Jeff W. Savell, Ph.D., recently completed an executive summary titled Dry-Aging of Beef as a companion to the 2007 checkoff-funded Industry Guide for Beef Aging which explains the traditional wet-aging process.


IMI Global program to clarify “natural” claims on beef products

IMI Global program to clarify “natural” claims on beef products

Ag Professional

Integrated Management Information Inc., a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions for the agricultural/livestock industry, today introduced Simply Natural Beef(TM), the first approved program that meets the requirements of the USDA’s new “Never, Ever 3” Program for live animals and meat products. The Simply Natural Beef program is being introduced to cattlemen from across the nation as they gather in Reno for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 2008 convention and trade show February 6-9.


Ag groups blast plan to make retailers pay for COOL

Ag groups blast plan to make retailers pay for COOL

Steve Miller,

Rapid City Journal

Ag groups are fuming over the Bush administration’s plans to make retailers pay for part of the country of origin labeling program approved by Congress.President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, announced last week, calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect fees of $259 from each of an estimated 37,000 retailers to pay for compliance reviews for mandatory country of origin labeling for meat and other food products. USDA’s regular budget would pay for other parts of the labeling program.


Feed costs top list of issues confronting cattlemen

Feed costs top list of issues confronting cattlemen

Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Corn prices and beef exports are key to the cattle industry’s profitability, but animal right extremists could threaten its very existence. Those are a couple of key messages that emerged Thursday at the Cattle Industry Convention in Reno.Cattle-Fax held its annual market outlook seminar Thursday morning, predicting corn prices will squeeze cattle feeders even harder in 2008 and put even more pressure on calf prices. Indeed, the impact has already been reflected in the latest cattle inventory numbers from USDA, which saw a reduction in the size of the overall herd and the smallest calf crop in more than half a century. Dan Cerestes is Livestock Branch Chief for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. He said those numbers are the result of high feed costs and drought in the southeastern U.S.


Seminar will take look at bio-energy for cattle

Seminar will take look at bio-energy for cattle

Spooner Advocate

The public is invited to attend the final Northern Safari seminar of 2008, which will focus on opportunities to use byproducts generated by the ethanol and bio-diesel industries to feed dairy and beef cattle.The seminar will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Spooner Ag Research Station.