Daily Archives: September 1, 2008

Baxter Black: BRUCELLOSIS YELLOWSTONE PARK

How many veterinarians, cattlemen, defenders of wildlife, Elk Foundation members, hunters, and National Park lovers would like to see Brucellosis eradicated in the bison, elk and cattle in the United States? Go ahead, raise your hand. All of us. Good.

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Demand for hamburger grows, driving prices higher for cull cows

West Central Research and Extension Center

North Platte Bulletin

 The demand for hamburger has increased dramatically as the U.S. economy has slowed.

That means cull cows are selling for more, bringing some profits to ranchers.

And, volatile markets will drive all meat prices higher for consumers.

Those observations were presented at a recent open house at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory north of Whitman.

"This year, we’ve had some record high cow prices and we expect them to go even higher next year," said Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Centere. "This is an area where cow/calf producers need to focus some of their management attention."

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Ranchers pack beef workshop

JULIE ZEEB

Daily News

More than 60 beef producers attended the Beef Quality Assurance Training Workshop Tuesday night at the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard in Cottonwood.

"We had a very good turnout," said Stevie Ipsen, California Beef Quality Assurance coordinator. "We shared with ranchers the news about the beef and livestock industries as well as talked about the importance of proper animal health, nutrition, transportation and animal identification practices."

John Maas, extension veterinarian at UC Davis, spoke about proper vaccination, injection and product use.

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Virginia beef cattle ‘ran out of grass’

STEVE SZKOTAK

WTOP News

Drenching rains are reviving parched pastures and hayfields and Virginia’s soybean crop, but they were too late for such summer field crops as corn.

Cattlemen count on two or three hay cuttings a season to feed their herds in the winter months. The dry summer has already forced some to bring their beef cattle to market early because of low hay and grass stores.

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Marbling: The good fat

High Plains Journal

Texas meat scientist explains health advantage of high-quality Angus beef

Marbling has become one of the least understood concepts in the beef-consuming world. No wonder, with all the competing and contradictory messages from "experts."

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The High Cost of Farming: North Carolina farmers are getting squeezed by high fuel prices and the long drought

Richard Craver

Journal Reporter

Ed Blackburn has never had illusions about being a wealthy livestock farmer.

Like most small cattle farmers in Northwest North Carolina, the time he has spent working his family’s farm in Tobaccoville — more than 30 years — has been more than a hobby, but less than a living.

"It’s my golf," Blackburn said with a chuckle.

It’s a realistic mind-set, considering that local and state agricultural officials say that about 90 percent of hobby farmers — those with two to 25 head of cattle — don’t turn a profit on their herds.

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Beef comes from home-grown, naturally fed cattle

Karen Dillon

The Roanoke Times

When it comes to locally produced food, Franklin County has a lot going for it. You can find homegrown fruits and vegetables at area produce stands. You can shop the local creamery for a variety of dairy goods. Now, add locally grown, farm-raised beef products to that ever-growing list.

RK Brand Beef raises its Black Angus beef cows from start to finish on its 122-acre farm in Glade Hill. The beef is processed at a USDA-certified facility near Hillsville. It’s weighed, packaged, labeled and shipped back to Franklin County for sale.

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