Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

The Supply Debate And The National Elections

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

This debate over supply (discussed in the item, “Demand, Not Supply, Is The Key In The Short Term,”) is now front and center in national politics and promises to be for quite some time.

It also explains why the environmental movement has had such anti-capitalist leanings at its core. The chasm between business/standard of living and radical environmentalism will only continue to grow.

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Carcass Ultrasound 101: Ultrasound vs. DNA Testing: Carcass Tools, Not Choices

Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Chianina Journal

At first glance, it might seem impossible for a person entrenched in ultrasound to publish any article about DNA testing without sounding biased toward ultrasound. Breeders often consider the two technologies as bitter rivals fighting for the same prize. However, a more in-depth look at each carcass tool reveals that ultrasound and DNA rarely compete directly with one another. Each technology can be aimed at the same genetic “question,” but give entirely different “answers.” Breeders and bull buyers alike need to be aware of what the results mean, not just what they say. In some cases, breeders may be spending money on technology for information their customers don’t want, and buyers may be placing unneeded emphasis on a trait that is not adding to their bottom line. Contrary to what some may believe, carcass ultrasound and current DNA technology can be harnessed together to assess the true genetic value of beef cattle.

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Bovine leukosis — BLV

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

I receive a number of questions about bovine leukosis or bovine leukemia virus (BLV) every year. This disease has implications for trade with Canada and other countries and can cause minimal to moderate health problems in infected herds. The virus is very common in U.S. herds, and many herds have from a few to most of the cows infected with the virus. The virus does not cause disease in humans and is not associated with leukosis or leukemia in people.

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Development programs add value to females.

Sara Gugelmeyer

Hereford World

It seems everyone is handing out  tips for marketing feeder calves,  but what about females? After  all, if you choose to retain females  to develop and sell, inputs are going  to continue to climb. And increased  inputs mean marketing is even  more important to ensure a profit.  The decision to either sell heifers  as feeders or keep them to sell as  replacements can be a tough one.  And even tougher may be deciding  how and when to market them.

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USDA Takes Action On Mandatory Country Of Origin Labeling

cattlenetwork.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim final rule for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program that will become effective on Sept. 30.

The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef (including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork; perishable agricultural commodities (fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng; and peanuts — as required by the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills. USDA implemented the COOL program for fish and shellfish covered commodities in October 2004.

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Beef producers get go-ahead on CRP acres

ART HOVEY

Lincoln Journal Star

A federal judge has cleared the way for thousands of beef producers, including almost 1,200 in Nebraska, to use land in the Conservation Reserve Program for haying and grazing.

The July 24 court ruling is expected to help the state’s cattle sector compensate for the high cost of corn and other typical parts of cattle rations.

Potential impact in Nebraska became clearer Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture offered a state update.

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Cloned Beef Has Already Entered U.S. Food Supply, Even Before FDA Nod

David Gutierrez

NaturalNews

The major cattle cloning companies in the United States have admitted that they have not bothered to try and keep meat from the offspring of clones out of the U.S. food supply, in spite of a request by the FDA several years ago.

"This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain," said Donald Coover, who owns a specialty cattle semen business. "Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or they’re not being honest."

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First U.S. beef arrives in S. Korea after ban

CNN

The first shipment of U.S. beef under a controversial import deal arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, state media reported.

A pedestrian walks past a banner opposed to importing U.S. beef in Seoul.

The resumption of U.S. beef imports follows a nearly five-year ban after a case of mad cow disease turned up in the United States. It also comes in the midst of continuing public concern over it.

Tens of thousands of people in South Korea have protested the South Korean government’s decision to resume beef imports from the United States.

The initial shipment of 1.5 tons of ribs and other bone-in cuts arrived by plane at Incheon International Airport, said Nerp Corporation, a Seoul-based meat importer, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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K-State Economist Sees Beef Output Cuts if Production Costs Remain High

infoZine.com

Farmers, Soaring grain, oilseed and land prices helped bolster some rural Americans’ incomes over the past year, but livestock producers have not reaped such gains.

"Feed is the largest single cost item for livestock and poultry production – accounting for 60 to 70 percent of the total cost in most years," said Kansas State University agricultural economist James Mintert. "Although energy, labor and other inputs have increased over the last two years, feed costs have jumped 40 to 60 percent, depending on whether a producer is feeding swine, cattle or poultry."

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House bill could postpone meat imports from Argentina

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

The issue of foot and mouth disease has cattlemen concerned as a health issue that may affect their livelihood. Now, the issue may become a factor involving international trade between the United States and Argentina.

A house bill, known as the Johnson-Enzi “Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention Act of 2008,” could postpone the importation of fresh meat and live cattle from Argentina — a country known to have Foot and Mouth Disease, except for a select few regions that are free of the disease. Fresh and prepackaged beef and other meat would be affected. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association also knows this bill as “Keep America FMD-Free.”

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USDA Takes Action on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim final rule for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program that will become effective on Sept. 30.

The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef (including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork; perishable agricultural commodities (fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng; and peanuts — as required by the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills. USDA implemented the COOL program for fish and shellfish covered commodities in October 2004.

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COOL Recordkeeping Burdens & Costs

cattlenetwork.com

The proposed rule published on October 30, 2003, estimated the recordkeeping burden at $124 million in first year for development and operation; $458 million in subsequent years for maintenance and operation.

Presently under the interim final rule, the recordkeeping burden for the first year for development and operation is estimated at $126 million; $499 million in subsequent years for maintenance and operation

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Hurt: Better Days Ahead for Beef Producers

Illinois Farm Bureau

Better days are likely ahead for the cattle industry, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

"As numbers keep dropping, producers adjust inventories downward in the face of high feed and forage prices," said Chris Hurt. "At mid-year, the number of all cattle and calves was modestly lower than the two previous years, with total inventories near the lows of 2004.

"Beef cow numbers have dropped about 1 percent this year, reflecting continued discouragement from calf prices below the cost of production."

Hurt’s comments came as he reviewed the state of cattle numbers and prices.

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Ask The Nutritionist – Difference Between Product & Regular Distillers Grains

cattlenetwork.com

Question- I have heard people talk of feeding modified distillers’ grains to cattle. What is the difference between this product and regular distillers’ grains?

Answer – Although there is really no such thing as “regular” distillers’ grains, most people consider it to be the byproduct of dry grind ethanol production.

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Cattle feeding in Ohio: for fun or profit?

MIKE MILLER

The Gazette

Stan Smith, OSU Extension educator, explains a new era in beef production is upon us. In the past we’ve made decent money at home finishing cattle, and always had an excuse for not going on winter vacation. It was pretty solid. “ … Can’t leave with cattle to feed in the winter.”

Considering today’s economics, I don’t think my feeding plan will fly.

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