Act quickly to manage scours
Western Livestock Journal
Calving season is well underway for many producers, a time of the year when the health of the incoming calf crop can make for a boom or a bust year. Weather, preparation and a little bit of luck all seem to be important factors in getting calves safely on the ground. Once the calves are born, it’s important to remember they are not out of the woods yet. Scouring calves are often responsible for huge losses, even though there are many prevention and treatment options available.
Scouring is not the result of just one disease, but comes from several different sources, including bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Proper scour management should begin with a solid calving plan and proper monitoring of dam health long before the calf is ever born.
Baxter Black: 21st Century Cattle Business Predictions Update
In 1988, prezactly 20 years ago, I wrote a column predicting what the livestock industry will be like 50 years later; 2038.
Some of my predictions were:
– 90 % of meals will be eaten out. Home cookin’ will not exist.
– Fertile agricultural land will be scarce.
Gallino Ranch owners sell directly to consumers
Driving down McCourtney past the fairgrounds, scattered subdivisions and horse ranches, the road becomes like a gentle roller coaster ride with stunning vistas at every curve. Eventually, the pine trees nearly disappear, and it flattens into radiantly green valleys where cows and goats graze amid rocky outcroppings. Aging barns and dry stacked rock walls are reminders of the long agricultural history of this valley.
Meat Recall Prompts Call for USDA Reform
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s twin mandates of promoting the nation’s agriculture and monitoring it for safety are being questioned in the wake of a beef contamination scare that prompted the nation’s largest-ever meat recall.
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the House subcommittee responsible for the USDA’s funding, called Tuesday for the USDA to be stripped of its responsibility for food safety.
U.S. Cattlemen Applaud Ag Secretary’s Intention To Implement COOL
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) today applauded Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer’s statement on Wednesday, February 13, that he expects to meet the deadline of September 30, 2008 for implementation of the country of origin labeling law (COOL). Schafer’s statement came during an appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcomittee.
Committee Chairman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) told Schafer, “We need to make sure COOL is on track and on time” and that American consumers should have the opportunity “not to choose products that come from countries with bad safety records.” DeLauro pointed out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was supposed to write a new rule for COOL implementation by January 17, but did not publish it.
Beef industry, animal rights groups duel over controversial video
Lawmaker calls for investigation after meat recall
The cattle industry and animal rights groups bickered over the treatment of beef destined for U.S. dinner plates a day after secret video triggered the nation’s largest meat recall.
Undercover video taken at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino, Calif., shows workers shocking, kicking and shoving debilitated cattle with forklifts, prompting the government to pull 143 million pounds of the company’s beef.
Bo Reagan, vice president of research for the Colorado-based National Cattleman’s Beef Association, said the videotaped incident was not indicative of how most slaughterhouses operate.
“The welfare of our animals — that’s the heart and soul of our operations,” Reagan said.
Beef recall: Animals must be treated humanely
CLINT PECK, Beef Quality Assurance director
The beef industry continues to condemn the actions by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. Chino, Calif., that has led to the largest recall of beef products in history.
But, it needs to be made clear that this was not a food safety recall and there is no evidence any of the 143,383,823 pounds of recalled beef was unwholesome, tainted in any way, or presented a danger to consumers. This recall was prompted because there
were violations in USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) pre-harvest inspection procedures that allowed beef from non-ambulatory (“downer”) cattle into commerce.