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


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


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


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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