Daily Archives: September 3, 2008

Animal Cloning and Food: More Than a Feeling

Matthew Bandyk

US News and World Report

Cloned animals are more and more becoming parts of our everyday lives, the Wall Street Journal reports:

    Don Coover, a veterinarian, rancher and owner of SEK Genetics in Galesburg, Kan., estimated that “hundreds, maybe thousands, of offspring of clones” of beef cattle already exist in the U.S.—though that is a fraction of the nation’s 97 million head of cattle. He said he has sold about 30 offspring of clones to be slaughtered for food.

Reason to panic? Some people aren’t thrilled

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King, Kenedy, Pierce: the grandees of grass

 Murphy Givens


The Old West began here. Walter Prescott Webb wrote that the cattle industry began in a diamond-shaped area of South Texas stretching from San Antonio to Brownsville, Laredo to Corpus Christi. This is where Richard King and Mifflin Kenedy, among others, created the cattle kingdom of Texas. They learned from Spanish rancheros and vaqueros who came before them. O.Henry called these cattlemen the grandees of grass, the barons of beef and bone.

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Editorial: A sane ruling on mad cow testing

Roanoke Times

An appellate court says the USDA can bar testing — but that doesn’t mean it should.

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that bars a Kansas meatpacker from testing all its animals for mad cow disease — an expensive step major meatpackers resist — sounds like yet another industry victory that sacrifices the public interest to private interests. In this case, though, there’s a twist.

The test in dispute is not likely to detect the disease in most cattle slaughtered in the U.S. — even if the animals are infected.

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Beef production newsletter available by mail, online

Nevada Daily Mail

A monthly beef cattle production newsletter written by Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, is available to producers and others involved in supporting the beef industry in southwest Missouri.

The letter contains a list of coming events, research items related to beef and forage production and practical ideas from cattlemen. In addition, reports on events such as the Missouri Steer Feedout, Show-Me-Select program and performance tested bull sales are featured when timely.

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Isolated Cattle Found Genetically Distinct


About 60 miles southwest of Alaska’s Kodiak Island, a small, flat landmass rises out of the Pacific Ocean.


Treeless, desolate, and cold, the low-lying Chirikof Island is at the mercy of wind and waves. Its harsh climate has discouraged human settlement, but Chirikof—named for the Russian explorer who claimed it in the 18th century—is not uninhabited. For more than 100 years, the island has been home to a herd of feral cattle whose origin is unknown.

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Technical questions about cryptorchids

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Cryptorchidism is a condition that occurs when one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum of a bull. Testes retained in the body cavity secrete testosterone but do not produce fertile sperm. Therefore, technical questions exist about growth of cryptorchids vs. intact bulls and about the fertility of a unilateral cryptorchid, where one testis descends into the scrotum, but the other is retained in the body cavity.

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USDA Proposes Downer Rule

University of Nebraska

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday a proposed rule to amend the Federal meat inspection regulations to initiate a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become non-ambulatory after initial inspection by Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel.

Under the proposed rule, all cattle that are non-ambulatory disabled at any time prior to slaughter, including those that become non-ambulatory disabled after passing ante-mortem inspection, will be condemned and properly disposed of.

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